Research

Our research couples materials chemistry, electrochemistry, and in situ and operando characterization techniques to understand the behavior of materials operating at electrochemical interfaces.

Current projects include (funding agency in parentheses):

  • Understanding ion transport in solvated transition metal oxides (NSF CAREER DMR-1653827)
  • Achieving fundamental understanding and validated, predictive models of the atomistic origins of electrolyte and coupled electron transport under nanoconfinement to enable transformative advanced in capacitive electrical energy storage [DOE Fluid Interface Reactions, Structures, and Transport (FIRST) Energy Frontier Research Center]
  • Understanding electrochemical reactivity under confinement using molecularly pillared layered materials (DOE Early Career Program)
  • Developing deterministic electrode architectures that enable high areal capacities and charging rates (NSF CMMI-1901906)
  • Design of superionic conductors by tuning lattice dynamics (NSF DMREF-2119377)
  • Designer Interfacial Reactivity via Electrostatically-enhanced Charge Transfer (Research Corp. for Sci. Adv. – Scialog AES 2019)

We are very grateful for the financial support of our research from our current and prior sponsors:

In addition to our chemistry and electrochemistry laboratories at NC State, we utilize materials characterization tools at NC State’s Analytical Instrumentation Facility and have active user proposals at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences and Spallation Neutron Source, as well as the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource. We also collaborate with research groups in universities and national laboratories around the world.