Principal Investigator

Chunmei Ban

Professional History

 

2019-present, Associate Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, CU Boulder, Boulder, CO.

2018-2019, Associate Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, Virginia, VA.

2018-2019 Joint appointment, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, University of Colorado, Boulder.
2017-2019, Senior Scientist (V), Principle Investigator, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado;

2014-2017, Senior Scientist (IV), Principle Investigator, NREL, CO
2011-2014, Scientist (III), Principle Investigator, NREL, CO.

2008-2011, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, NREL, CO.

 

Education

Ph.D., Chemistry, State University of New York, Binghamton, 2008
MS, Electrochemistry, Tianjin University, China, 2003
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University, China, 2000

Postdoctoral Researchers

Zhiming Liang

Education

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA (2018)
  • B.E.in Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu, SC, PRC

Research Focus

Charge transport in conjugated polymer and nanostructures, electronic structure of organic molecules, stability and reactivity of radicals, redox flow batteries, organic thermoelectrtrics and photovoltaics.

Nicholas Singstock

Education

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder (2022)
  • B.E.in Chemical Engineering, Ohio State University (2017)

Research Focus

Rational design and discovery of advanced materials for energy storage and renewable conversions by leveraging computational, experimental and collaborative efforts. 

Yangyang Wang

Education

  • Ph.D. in Material Science, Nankai University, China (2021)
  • M. E. in Material Engineering, Nankai University, China (2018)
  • B. E. in Polymer Material and Engineering, North China University of Science and Technology, China (2015)

Research Focus

Solid electrolyte for high-energy solid-state batteries.

 

Graduate Students

Martin Nguyen

Ph.D student

martin.nguyen@colorado.edu

Education:

B.Sc Mechanical Engineering at University of Florida, Cum Laude (2019)

Research Area:

Polymeric membrane manufacture for energy storage applications.

Charlotte Thomas

Ph.D student

charlotte.thomas@colorado.edu

Education:

B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (2020)

Research Area:

Surface engineering of solid state electrolytes for next generation batteries.

 

Jackson Pope

Ph.D student

 jackson.pope@colorado.edu

Education:

B.Sc Materials Science and Engineering at the Ohio State University Columbus (2017)

Research Area:

Polymeric membrane manufacture for energy storage applications.

Kaitlin Garman

Ph.D student

 kaitlin.garman@colorado.edu

Education:

B.S. in Chemistry at Montana State University (2021)

Research Area:

Synthesis of solid-state electrolytes for battery applications.

Evan Flitz

Ph.D student

 evan.flitz@colorado.edu

Education:

B.S. in Chemistry at Pomona College (2022)

Research Area:

Engineering interfaces of battery materials.

Alumni

Yikai Wang

Yikai Wang

Research Scientist at Albemarle Corp
 

Education

Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Colorado Boulder (August 2019- Jan 2020)

Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Kentucky (2019)

M.S.E. in Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University (2015)

B.E. in Chemistry of Materials, Central South University (2012)
Xuemin

Xuemin Li

Education:

Ph.D., Applied Chemistry, Colorado School of Mines, 2017

Master, Physical Chemistry, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2013

Bachelor, Materials Chemistry, University of Science and Technology Beijing, 2010

Professional experiences:

Battery Cell Engineer, Rivian, 2020-present

Cell design engineer, A123 Systems, 2019-2020

Postdoctoral researcher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2017 – 2019

Graduate researcher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2016 - 2017

 
Simon

Simon Hafner

Simon Hafner - Class of 2019, BS-MS concurrent, Mechanical Engineering
 
Simon began working in Dr. Se-Hee Lee's Electrochemical Energy Lab in 2014 and joined NREL under the direction of Dr. Ban as a graduate student beginning in 2017. In his two years at NREL, he worked under the co-advisement of Dr. Lee and Dr. Ban on joint CU Boulder and NREL projects including anodes surface coatings, solid-state sulfide-based electrolytes, and fabrication methods for all-solid-state batteries. Simon received two Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Grants as an undergraduate, and during his two years in graduate school, the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute funded his research. Simon was named Outstanding Graduate for Research in the College of Engineering and Applied Science and is currently working at Tesla in Palo Alto, CA. Outside of research, Simon was a Boettcher Scholar, member of the CU Club Taekwondo team, and remains an avid cyclist. 
Wei

Wei Zhang

Education:

  • Postdoctoral Research: Brown University,Providence, RI (2022)
  • Postdoctoral Research: Brown University,Providence, RI (2019)
  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Alfred University, Alfred, NY, GPA3.7 (2016)
  • MS, Materials Science and Engineering,HuazhongUniversity of Sci. & Tech.,P.R. China, (2012)
  • Bachelor, HuazhongUniversity of Sci. & Tech., P.R. China (2008)

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