Michael F. Toney
Chemical and Biological Engineering • Materials Science and Engineering Program

Office: SEEC N321G


BS, California Institute of Technology, 1979
PhD, University of Washington, 1983


  • American Physical Society Fellow, 2019
  • Farrell W Lytle Award, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, 2009
  • IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, 1997.
  • IBM Technical Group Award, 1996
  • IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, 1988
  • NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1983

Selected Publications

  • “Structural Origins of Light-Induced Phase Segregation in Organic-Inorganic Halide Perovskite Photovoltaic Materials”, RE Beal, N Zhou Hagstrom, J Barrier, A Gold-Parker, R. Prasanna, K.A. Bush, D. Passarello, L.T. Schelhas, K. Bruning, C.J. Tassone, H-G Steinruck, M.D. McGehee, M.F. Toney, Ana Flavia Nogueira, Matter 2, 207-219 (2020). DOI: 10.1016/j.matt.2019.11.001

  • "Shedding X-ray Light on the Interfacial Electrochemistry of Silicon Anodes for Li-Ion Batteries”, C. Cao, B. Shyam, J. Wang, M.F. Toney, H.-G. Steinrück, Accts Acc. Chem. Res. 31, 1562-1572 (2019). DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.9b00233

  • “Solid Electrolyte Interphase on Native Oxide-Terminated Silicon Anodes for Li-Ion Batteries”, C. Cao, I.I. Abate, E. Sivonxay, B. Shyam, C. Jia, B. Moritz, T.P. Devereaux, K.A. Persson, H.-G. Steinruck, M.F. Toney, Joule 3, 762-781 (2019). DOI: 10.1016/j.joule.2018.12.013

  • “Impact of Polymer Side Chain Modification on OPV Morphology and Performance”, V. Savikhin, M. Babics, M. Neophytou, S. Liu, S.D. Oosterhout, H. Yan, X. Gu, P.M. Beaujuge, M.F. Toney, Chem Mater 30, 7872–7884, (2018). DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.8b03455

  • “Acoustic Phonon Lifetimes Limit Thermal Transport in Methylammonium Lead Iodide”, A. Gold-Parker, P.M. Gehring, J.M. Skelton, I.C. Smith, D. Parshall, J.M. Frost, H.I. Karunadasa, A. Walsh, M.F. Toney, Proc Nation Acad Sci, 115, 11905–11910 (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1812227115

  • “Transformation from crystalline precursor to perovskite in PbCl2-derived MAPbI3”, K.H. Stone, A Gold-Parker, V.L. Pool, E.L. Unger, A.R. Bowring, M.D. McGehee, M.F. Toney, C.J. Tassone, Nature Comms. 9, 3458 (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05937-4

  • “Band Gap Tuning via Lattice Contraction and Octahedral Tilting in Perovskite Materials for Photovoltaics”, R Prasanna, A Gold-Parker, T. Leijtens, B. Conings, A. Babayigit, H.-G. Boyen, M.F. Toney, M.D. McGehee, J Amer Chem Soc 139, 11117–11124 (2017). DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b04981

  • “Mixing Behavior in Small Molecule:Fullerene Organic Photovoltaics”, S.D. Oosterhout, V. Savikhin, J. Zhang, Y. Zhang, M.A. Burgers, S.R. Marder, G.C. Bazan, M.F. Toney, Chem. Mater. 29, 3062–3069 (2017). DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b00067

Research Interests

My research group focuses on incisively characterizing and understanding the physics and chemistry that underlie the functioning of materials for sustainable energy as well as synthesis pathways. We focus on energy storage, solar materials, hydrogen storage, and materials and process to address clean water challenges, and use X-ray and neutron scattering, together with X-ray spectroscopy and imaging often operando and in situ. The insight gained enables the rationale design and control of properties, performance and synthesis pathways and can enable the creation of a road map to the development and discovery of next generation materials and processes.

Electrochemical energy storage, including Li-ion and beyond Li-ion batteries. Our research includes;

Foundational and applied materials science of hybrid metal halide perovskite semiconductors. I am part of the Center for Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Semiconductors for Energy (CHOISE) Energy Frontier Research Center."