Solving the big challenges in distributed energy generation, storage and power management requires coordinated research that reaches beyond the labs of individual faculty. The Center facilitates fundamental and applied research that crosses disciplines and is informed by the tough problems facing our industry partners. Our affiliated faculty members are listed below.

NanoEngineering

Zheng Chen

Zheng Chen

Nanostructured and polymeric materials for electrochemical energy storage and conversion

Prof. Zheng Chen's research focuses on design and synthesis of nanostructured and polymeric materials, their hybrids for next generation electrochemical energy storage, and conversion applications including batteries, electrochemical capacitors, and fuel cells.

 

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David Fenning

Defect engineering for high efficiency solar cells and solar-to-fuels

Professor Fenning’s group develops new methods and approaches for controlling impurities and defects in materials for photovoltaics and (photo)electrocatalysis. By understanding defect interactions, the group works to reduce the cost of solar power and solar energy storage and pursues paths toward low cost, high volume manufacturing, researching the intersection of semiconductor physics, interfaces, and electrochemistry.

 

Lipomi

Darren Lipomi

Ultra-flexible and stretchable solar cells and inexpensive, large-area graphene

Professor Lipomi's research includes the development of green chemistry and nanomanufacturing techniques that are applied toward the fabrication of mechanically compliant, organic electronic materials and devices for solar energy conversion.

 

Ping Liu

Ping Liu

Materials and architectures for energy conversion and storage

Prof. Liu's group combines chemical synthesis, electrochemistry, and materials engineering to develop ion conducting materials which enable next-generation rechargeable batteries and electrochemical actuators.

 

Luo

Jian Luo

Novel materials processing methods and interfacial engineering of materials for energy-related applications

Professor Luo’s group are focused on designing and tailoring materials for energy-related applications, including lithium-ion batteries, supercapacitors, solid ionic conductors, photocatalysts, high-temperature materials for improving energy efficiency, and materials for applications in nuclear power generation systems and clean coal technologies.

 

Shirley Meng

Shirley Meng

Electrochemical energy storage and conversion materials, advanced diagnosis for battery materials

Professor Meng’s group heads an interdisciplinary laboratory focused on energy storage (batteries and supercapacitors) and conversion (solar and magnetic). Professor Meng’s research group, LESC, has been focusing its efforts on the basic science and applied research for the design and development of energy storage and conversion materials. This includes lithium ion batteries, thermoelectric materials, permanent magnetic materials, and perovskite solar cells.

 

Shyue Ping Ong

Shyue Ping Ong

Data-driven computational design of materials

Professor Ong’s research includes the development of novel thermodynamics analyses of quantum mechanical calculations and the investigation of structure-property relationships in nature. The Materials Virtual Lab has unique capabilities in the development of state-of-the-art IT and data management infrastructure for materials data, such as those generated from high-throughput computations.

 

 Tod Pascal

Tod Pascal

Theory, simulations, materials physics, spectroscopy, characterization, thermodynamics

Professor Pascal works at the intersection of thermodynamics, electrochemistry and spectroscopy, developing theoretical methods for understanding the nanoscale morphology and chemical physics of energy storage systems.

 

Andrea Tao

Andrea Tao

Colloidal synthesis, low dimensional materials for energy storage, plasmonic nanoparticles for photovoltaics and photocatalysis

Professor Tao and her group are creating novel low-dimensional materials for photocatalysis, photovoltaics, and energy storage. They have developed the capability to engineer metal and metal chalcogenide nanocrystals, and are exploring new methods for the chemical synthesis and self-assembly of solid-state nanostructured materials.

 

Joseph Wang

Joseph Wang

Wearable energy harvesting devices, porous electrodes and electrocatalysis

Professor Wang is a leading expert in electrochemistry, biofuel cells, advanced materials and wearable devices, bring extensive experiences in these areas.

 

Sheng Xu

Sheng Xu

Soft electronics, nano-electronics, and materials for energy

Professor Xu’s research interests focus on understanding the electrical, mechanical, and other characteristic behaviors of functional inorganic materials when they are geometrically engineered into a soft format, and exploring these materials as building blocks for soft electronics, nano-electronics, and energy harvesting/storage devices

 

Kesong Yang

Kesong Yang

High-throughput computational design and property optimization of functional materials

Professor Yang and his group’s goal is to develop a fundamental understanding of the structure-property relationship of the hybrid perovskite-based materials and to identify underlying design principles for the further property optimization, performance enhancement and accelerating the design of more efficient hybrid photovoltaic materials.

 

Physics

Oleg Shpyrko

Oleg Shpyrko

Advanced X-ray Microscopy of Ionic, Magnetic and Electronic materials

Professor Shpyrko and his group is developing and using novel x-ray imaging techniques that are applied to a variety of materials systems. Professor Shpyrko and his group are especially excited to expand these microscopy approaches to operando imaging of working devices for energy applications.

 

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Michael Sailor

Michael Sailor

Silicon nanotechnology, surface chemistry and coatings, silicon-lithium anodes, photonic crystals

Professor Sailor is a field leader on nanomaterials synthesis, and the study of their fundamental chemistry, photochemistry, electrochemistry, optical physics, and biomaterials properties. In particular, Professor Sailor specializes in porous silicon and their application, and has worked on creating high performance porous silicon based lithium-ion batteries as efficient secondary anodes.
 

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Eric Fullerton

Eric Fullerton

Ultra-low-energy memory, processing elements and architectures to dramatically lower the energy consumption of information technologies

Professor Fullerton's expertise is in thin-film magnetic and nano-materials. He is an internationally acclaimed scholar in areas such as thin film and superlattice growth, magnetic recording and nano-technologies, and x-ray and neutron scattering.

 

Tse Nga Tina Ng

Tse Nga Tina Ng

h4>Solution processing and printing methods, flexible electronic devices Professor Ng's group focuses on scalable solution processing and printing methods to advance flexible electronics. Our research interests include energy generation and storage devices, to meet the powering requirements of flexible systems.
 

Computer Science and Engineering

Tajana Šimunić Rosing

Tajana Šimunić Rosing

Embedded system design, resource management at the system level, hardware management and embedded software optimization, power management algorithms

Professor Rosing is currently heading the effort focused on SmartCities as a part of DARPA and industry funded TerraSwarm center. As a part of this effort she has focused on modeling and control of distributed energy resources, including batteries, while leveraging human and machine context. During 2009-2012 she led the energy efficient datacenters theme as a part of the MuSyCcenter.

 

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Renkun Chen

Renkun Chen

Materials and devices for thermal energy transport and conversion

Professor Chen's research focuses on thermal energy transport, conversion, and management across different length scales. Professor Chen's interest includes developing materials and devices for thermoelectric and solar-thermal energy conversion as well as thermal management.

 

Sonia Martinez

Sonia Martinez

Networked system control, distributed optimization algorithms, decision making for autonomous systems

Professor Martinez' interests lie in the development of algorithms for the operation of networked cyber-physical systems. Relative to energy research, she is developing scalable algorithms for the integradion of distributed energy resources in microgrids, as well as for the coordinated operation of these microgrids as part of energy markets.

 

 

 

Structural Engineering

Yu Qiao

Yu Qiao

Low-grade heat, energy harvesting, green cement, energy efficiency, thermal runaway in batteries

Professor Qiao designed “thermal-runaway-free” lithium ion battery cells and modules; invented lean-organic compacted hybrid (LOCH), a green construction material that is cheaper than portland cement and stronger than steel reinforced concrete; and developed thermally chargeable supercapacitors (TCS), a novel system that converts low-grade heat to electricity with a high efficiency.
 

Economics

Richard Carson

Richard Carson

Forecasting greenhouse gas emissions; role of economic incentives, regulation and technical change on energy systems; valuation of non market impacts.

Professor Carson works on forecasting greenhouse gas emissions and how incentive structures facing firms and utilities interact with regulatory regimes in the short run and in the long run with technological innovation possible from R&D investments. He also estimates the economic value of reducing negative externalities such as air pollution, oil spills and power outages associated with energy systems.
 

Graham Elliott

Graham Elliott

Market specific algorithms to construct realistic estimates of the direct economic value of the energy storage device

Professor Elliott is building algorithms for optimally operating storage devices in market connected grids. The algorithms are used for valuation of batteries with differing chemistries and applications.
 

Graduate Student Representative

Yixuan Li

Yixuan Li

Yixuan is a graduate student in Prof. Meng's group and managing the SPEC website as a student representative. She updates the website and coordinates with other liaison students of SPEC faculty members.

 

We welcome additional faculty members and researchers to join the Sustainable Power and Energy Center.