Veronica Augustyn

Assistant Professor

University Faculty Scholar
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Prof. Augustyn’s research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of materials for electrochemical energy technologies including batteries, electrochemical capacitors, electrolyzers, and fuel cells. In particular, she is interested in the relationships between material composition, structure, and morphology and the resulting electrochemical mechanisms. Her research involves the use of both liquid phase and solid state synthesis methods and a variety of in situ and operando electrochemical techniques. She also leads an award-winning international project at NC State, SciBridge, which develops renewable energy research and education collaborations between universities in Africa and the U.S.

 

Augustyn Research Group

SciBridge Project

Education

Postdoctoral Fellow 2013 - 2015

Texas Materials Institute

University of Texas at Austin

Ph.D. 2013

Materials Science and Engineering

University of California, Los Angeles

B.S. 2007

Materials Science and Engineering

University of Arizona

Research Description

The Augustyn Research Group investigates materials at electrochemical interfaces for the development of clean-energy technologies. The science and engineering of materials remain at the forefront of finding viable solutions for the complex and global energy problems. Electrochemical energy technologies, such as fuel cells, electrolyzers, batteries, and electrochemical capacitors are some of the most viable for the clean conversion and storage of energy – but we are far from harnessing their full potential.

Honors and Awards

  • Department of Energy Early Career Award, 2019
  • Sloan Research Fellow in Chemistry, 2019
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2017
  • Research Corporation for Science Advancement Scialog Fellow, Advanced Energy Storage, 2017
  • BASF VW Award Electrochemistry Finalist, 2017
  • Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, 2016

Publications

Free-standing transition metal oxide electrode architectures for electrochemical energy storage
Spencer, M. A., & Augustyn, V. (2019, October), JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10853-019-03823-y
Charge storage mechanism and degradation of P2-type sodium transition metal oxides in aqueous electrolytes
Boyd, S., Dhall, R., LeBeau, J. M., & Augustyn, V. (2018), JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A, 6(44), 22266–22276. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8ta08367c
Operando atomic force microscopy reveals mechanics of structural water driven battery-to-pseudocapacitor transition
Wang, R. C., Mitchell, J. B., Gao, Q., Tsai, W. Y., Boyd, S., Pharr, M., … Augustyn, V. (2018), ACS Nano, 12(6), 6032–6039. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsnano.8b02273
Toward an Atomistic Understanding of Solid-State Electrochemical Interfaces for Energy Storage
Augustyn, V., McDowell, M. T., & Vojvodic, A. (2018), JOULE, 2(11), 2189–2193. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joule.2018.10.014
Transition metal oxides for aqueous sodium-ion electrochemical energy storage
Boyd, S., & Augustyn, V. (2018), Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8qi00148k
2D materials with nanoconfined fluids for electrochemical energy storage
Augustyn, V., & Gogotsi, Y. (2017), Joule, 1(3), 443–452. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joule.2017.09.008
Enhanced electrochemical lithium-ion charge storage of iron oxide nanosheets
Niu, S., McFeron, R., Godinez-Salomon, F., Chapman, B. S., Damin, C. A., Tracy, J. B., … Rhodes, C. P. (2017), Chemistry of Materials, 29(18), 7794–7807. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b02315
Intrinsic limitations of atomic layer deposition for pseudocapacitive metal oxides in porous electrochemical capacitor electrodes
Daubert, J. S., Wang, R. C., Ovental, J. S., Barton, H. F., Rajagopalan, R., Augustyn, V., & Parsons, G. N. (2017), Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 5(25), 13086–13097. https://doi.org/10.1039/c7ta02719b
Transition from battery to pseudocapacitor behavior via structural water in tungsten oxide
Mitchell, J. B., Lo, W. C., Genc, A., LeBeau, J., & Augustyn, V. (2017), Chemistry of Materials, 29(9), 3928–3937. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b05485
Tuning the interlayer of transition metal oxides for electrochemical energy storage
Augustyn, V. (2017), Journal of Materials Research. https://doi.org/10.1557/jmr.2016.337

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