He is the Applied Energy Materials group leader focusing on lithium battery research and development. He leads U.S. Department of Energy and privately funded projects in developing conductive binders and applying lithium metal to improve battery performance. He also serves as a scientific advisor to startup companies and international corporations commercializing new battery technologies. His work has been published in journals, including Advanced Materials, Journal of the American Chemical Society, and Natural Communications. He received national and international awards for his battery technologies, including 2013 and 2015 R&D 100 Awards and a FMC Scientific Achievement Award.
He received his BS in chemical engineering at Michigan State University (2001) while also working as a research assistant in the Composite Materials and Structures Center under the supervision of Dr. Lawrence T. Drzal. He completed his MS (2003) and PhD (2006) in chemical engineering at Stanford University under the direction of Prof. Stacey F. Bent in collaborative research project with IBM T. J. Watson Research Center’s Drs. Nicholas C. Fuller and Stephen M. Gates studying the interactions between ashing plasmas and low-k dielectric thin films. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2006-2008) before his current position as a Staff Scientist in the Advanced Materials Synthesis group. Currently, his research focuses on nanostructured and porous materials (e.g. aerogels and functional nanocomposites) for a wide range of applications, such as energy storage, sensing, and catalysis. This includes both the development of materials with novel properties and the development of feedstock materials for various additive manufacturing (a.k.a. 3D printing) techniques.
He is a senior staff scientist and team lead for materials processing within the Applied Materials and Performance Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. His research focus is on the formability, joining, and manufacturing of materials for industrial applications, and in the development of new solid state joining and processing technologies for advanced materials for future energy applications, including vehicle technologies, power generation, hydrocarbon, and chemical transport and processing. He has been researching and developing Friction Stir Welding and Processing at the lab since 1997. He currently leads a portfolio of projects investigating Friction Stir Joining and Processing as a new manufacturing technology and programs in solid-state compaction and processing of new materials for high temperature and high-performance applications. He has over 25 publications on solid state joining and processing, more than 30 years’ experience in the microstructural and mechanical characterization of materials, and in the exploration of process/property relationships.
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