This research opportunity involves both the development of new materials that are designed to improve the performances of the state-of-the-art power and energy devices and the efforts to understand the limiting factors that govern the chemistry and kinetics on fundamental level. The devices of interest include all advanced battery chemistries, while the focus will be on the synthesis and characterization of new electrolyte solvents/salts, novel fabrication of electrode materials through nano- and biotemplating techniques, as well as studies on the interface chemistry and mechanism. A wide spectrum of knowledge and skills are needed in these interdisciplinary fields covering chemistry, materials, and nanotechnology.
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Interface kinetics; Battery materials and characterization; Electrolyte; Electrochemical stability; Interface chemistry; Nanotechnology; Beyond-Li ion chemistries;