Ph.D. Candidate Daniel Penley wins a S.M. and Benjamin Wu Fellowship in Manufacturing!
Alondra wins MLK Spirit Award
Ph.D. Candidate Alondra Ortiz-Ortiz wins a 2023 MLK Spirit Award! This award recognizes North Campus students whose academics and/or community engagement exemplify the leadership and vision of Dr. King. Awardees may lead or inspire peers, faculty/staff, and the broader community to develop or utilize their talents to advance social justice. Congrats Alondra! [news story] Continue Reading »
Andrew G. receives the AVS James Harper Award
Ph.D. candidate Andrew Gayle received the American Vacuum Society (AVS) Thin Film Division James Harper Award at the AVS 68th International Symposium! Andrew’s award-winning talk was titled “Tunable ALD Infiltration into High-Aspect-Ratio Aerogels Enabled by Process Modeling for Solar Thermal Applications”. Congrats Andrew! [news story]
Alondra is named a CEW+ Scholar
Ph.D. Candidate Alondra Ortiz-Ortiz is named a CEW+ Irma M. Wyman Scholar for her outstanding contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at University of Michigan. Congrats Alondra! [news story]
Two new postdocs join group
Dr. Younggyu Kim and Dr. Si Young Lee join the group as postdocs. Welcome!
Two new fast-charging Li-ion battery papers published
We recently published two papers on fast-charging Li-ion batteries in <15 minutes! The first, published in J. Mater Chem A [link], performs operando video microscopy to study Li plating on the graphite anode surface. We study Li nucleation, growth, re-intercalation, and dead Li formation, identifying electrochemical signatures of plating. In the second, published in Continue Reading »
Two new solid-state battery papers published
We recently published two new papers focused on in situ/operando analysis of solid-state batteries (SSB), led by recent Ph.D. graduate Dr. Andrew Davis. The first, entitled “Operando Analysis of Interphase Dynamics in Anode-Free Solid-State Batteries with Sulfide Electrolytes” studies the evolution of the solid electrolyte/current collector interface during initial charging of an anode-free SSB. Continue Reading »
Andrew D. and Robin defend their Ph.D. Theses
Andrew Davis and Robin Rodríguez both successfully defended their Ph.D. thesis exams in Mechanical Engineering this summer. Congrats to Dr. Davis and Dr. Rodríguez!
ALD Aerogel Paper published in Chemistry of Materials
Our new paper “Tunable Atomic Layer Deposition into Ultra-High-Aspect-Ratio (>60000:1) Aerogel Monoliths Enabled by Transport Modeling” is published in Chem. Mater. We demonstrate tunable control of the ALD infiltration depth into an aerogel monolith and develop a reaction-diffusion model to accurately describe the coating process. The model allows for co-optimization of the total deposition time Continue Reading »
Solid-state battery perspective published in Joule
Our joint Perspective article with the Sakamoto group at UM was recently published in Joule, entitled “Transitioning solid-state batteries from lab to market: Linking electro-chemo-mechanics with practical considerations”. In this perspective, we consulted with three major automotive manufacturers to identify key challenges in commercialization of solid-state batteries for electric vehicles, including manufacturing, cell design, Continue Reading »