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
M.S., Electrochemistry, Tianjin University, China, 2003
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University, China, 2000

Postdoctoral Researchers

Chiminh Liang

Education

Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, 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. 

Dr. 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

 

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

 

Education

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

Research Area

Surface engineering of ceramic solid state electrolytes for next generation batteries.

Jackson Pope

Ph.D student

 

Education

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

Research Area

Artificial Surface Electrolyte Interphase (SEI) development and SEI mitigation materials.

Kaitlin Garman

Ph.D student

 

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

 

Education

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

Research Area

Engineering interfaces of battery materials.

Dakota Rodriguez

Ph.D student

 

Education

B.S. in Engineering from Fort Lewis College, Magna Cum Laude (2023)
 

Research Area

Surface engineering of electrode materials for next generation Li-ion batteries 

Mohammad Sufiyan Nafis

Ph.D student

mohammad.nafis@colorado.edu

 

Education

B.Tech Mechanical Engineering from Aligarh Muslim University (2022)

 

Research Area

Surface modification of electrodes. Synthesis and optimization of solid electrolytes for next generation solid state batteries 

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)