Artistic rendition of lithium-ion battery particles under illumination of a finely focused beam of X-ray.
The availability of low-cost but intermittent renewable electricity (e.g., derived from solar and wind) underscores the grand challenge to store and dispatch energy so that it is available when and where it is needed. Redox-active materials promise the efficient transformation between electrical, chemical, and thermal energy, and are at the heart of carbon-neutral energy cycles.
Understanding design rules that govern materials chemistry and architecture holds the key towards rationally optimizing technologies such as batteries, fuel cells, electrolyzers, and novel thermodynamic cycles. Electrochemical and chemical reactions involved in these technologies span diverse length and time scales, ranging from Ångströms to meters and from picoseconds to years.
As such, establishing a unified, predictive framework has been a major challenge. The central question unifying our research is: “can we understand and engineer redox reactions at the levels of electrons, ions, molecules, particles and devices using a bottom-up approach?” Our approach integrates novel synthesis, fabrication, characterization, modeling and analytics to understand molecular pathways and interfacial structure, and to bridge fundamentals to energy storage and conversion technologies by establishing new design rules.
We specifically work on reactions and devices based on the migration of Li+, H/OH-, Na+/K+ and O2-.
November 27, 2018: William Gent wins the MRS Gold Graduate Student Award
July 2018: Will Gent receives poster award from BASF at the California Research Alliance Summer Symposium
February 7, 2018: Will Chueh was one of two recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the Materials Research Society.
November 1, 2017: Will Gent is one of 16 Stanford students honored with a Siebel Scholar award.
June 23, 2017: Yiyang wins the Young Scientist Award from the International Society of Solid State Ionics at SSI-21 in Padua, Italy.
Jan 4, 2017: Kipil Lim receives a 2017 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Award from the ICDD.
November 22, 2016: Will Chueh receives the BASF/Volkswagen 2016 "Science Award Electrochemistry" in Berlin, Germany for the group's insights on the fundamental dynamics in Li-ion batteries.
July 28, 2016: Will Gent receives the ALS Doctoral Fellowship in Residence to build on his use of cutting-edge synchrotron techniques to study batteries.
May 14, 2016: Will Chueh is one of 13 young faculty in the chemical sciences to receive a 2016 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award.