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ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship

Neil is a recipient of the 2019 ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship. The fellowship aims to encourage young professors and scholars to pursue innovative electrochemical research in green energy technology. Through this fellowship, ECS and Toyota hope to see further innovative and unconventional technologies borne from electrochemical research. [press release]


AVS-ALD Conference

The group had 6 talks at the 19th International Conference on Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD2019) in Bellevue, Washington, including talks from Ashley, Andrew D., Tae, Yuxin, and Neil.


New paper on ALD of bismuth vanadate photoanodes

Our new paper “Atomic Layer Deposition of Bismuth Vanadate Core-Shell Nanowire Photoanodes” is published in Chemistry of Materials. In this paper, we systematically tune the composition of BiVO4 films deposited by ALD, which is enabled by use of a novel Bi-alkoxide precursor. By forming core-shell nanowires using ALD, we measure a photocurrent of 2.9 mA/cm2 at a voltage of 1.23 V vs. RHE — the highest reported photocurrent to date for any photoanode deposited by ALD. [link]


New paper on lithium battery mechanics published

Our paper “Lithium Mechanics: Roles of Strain Rate and Temperature and Implications for Lithium Metal Batteries” is published in Journal of the Electrochemical Society.  In this paper we present a comprehensive set of mechanical deformation experiments on bulk lithium, demonstrating strong strain rate and temperature dependence.  This is attributed to power-law creep, which we show is the dominant deformation mechanism for Li metal anodes over a wide range of battery-relevant conditions. Examples in solid-state and liquid lithium metal batteries are discussed. [link]


New paper on Li metal anodes with high Coulombic Efficiency

Our new paper “Synergistic Effect of 3D Current Collectors and ALD Surface Modification for High Coulombic Efficiency Lithium Metal Anodes” is published in Advanced Energy Materials. In this paper, we systematically tune the geometry and surface chemistry of highly-ordered 3-D electrode architectures. By forming core-shell pillars using ALD, we measure Coulombic Efficiency values up to 99.5% — matching the highest reported values to date. [link]


MRS Fall 2018 Meeting

Neil co-organized a symposium at the Fall MRS Meeting entitled “In Situ/Operando Analysis of Electrochemical Materials and Interfaces”, together with Prof. Matt McDowell.  Ph.D. candidates Andrew Davis and Adrian Sanchez each presented their work at the symposium. Neil also presented an invited talk in the Solid-State Batteries symposium (thanks to Prof. Liangbing Hu for the invitation!)