Group Members

Principal Investigator

Jordi Cabana : Assistant Professor

Jordi Cabana

jcabana[AT]uic.edu

Assistant Professor

Joined Group: Founder!

2013-Present: Assistant Professor. Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL (USA).
2008-2013: Chemist Research Scientist. Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA (USA).
2005-2008: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. Department of Chemistry, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY (USA).
2004-2005: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), Barcelona (Spain).
2000-2004: Ph.D. in Materials Science. Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), Barcelona (Spain).
1996-2000: B.Sc. in Chemistry. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain).

Research Interests

 

Postdoctoral Researchers

Linhua Hu : Visiting Research Assistant Professor

Linhua Hu

Lhu102[AT]uic.edu

Visiting Research Assistant Professor

Joined Group: July ‘15

2015-Present: Visiting Research Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago (USA).
2009-2015: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston (USA).
2007-2009: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing (China).
2004-2007: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing (China).
2001-2004: M.S. in Biochemical Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing (China).
1994-1998: B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Anhui Polytechnic University, Wuhu (China).

Research Interests: Design and synthesis of new materials and colloidal nanocrystals; characterization by crystallography, microscopy and spectroscopy; structure-property relationship in battery, fuel cells and heterogeneous catalysis.

Hyun Deog (Sam) Yoo : Visiting Research Assistant Professor

Hyun Deog (Sam) Yoo

knecht9[AT]uic.edu

Visiting Research Assistant Professor

Joined Group: June '15

2015-Present: Visiting Research Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago (USA).
2013-2015: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Houston, Houston (USA).
2011-2013: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan (Israel).
2006-2011: Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea).
2004-2006: M.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea).
2000-2004: B.S. in Nuclear Engineering (Minor: Chemical and Biological Engineering), Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea).

Research Interests: I am interested in designing and inventing rechargeable batteries to deal with the energy crisis. 1. Finding compatible systems of anode, cathode, and electrolyte for multivalent rechargeable batteries. 2. Developing analytical tools for multiscale observation on high energy electrode materials.

 

Graduate Students

Bob Jin Kwon : Graduate Student

Bob Jin Kwon

bkwon8[AT]uic.edu

Graduate Student

Joined Group: Fall 2013

2013-Present: Ph.D. Student in Chemistry. University of Illinois at Chicago (USA).
2012-2013: Research Assistant. Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technology (Korea).
2008-2010: M.S. in Chemistry, Dongguk University (Korea).
2001-2008: B.S. in Chemistry, Dongguk University (Korea).

Research Interests: Synthesis and electrochemical performance evaluation of surface modified lithium metal oxide nanoparticles as cathode materials in lithium ion batteries.

Jake Lapping : Graduate Student

Jake Lapping

lapping1[AT]uic.edu

Graduate Student

Joined Group: Fall 2014

2014-Present: Ph.D. Student in Chemistry. University of Illinois at Chicago (USA).
2009-2012: B.S. in Chemistry, University of Michigan Ann Arbor (USA).

Research Interests: I am interested in characterizing side reactions that occur at the Surface-Electrolyte Interface in lithium-ion batteries using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy with
the aim of elucidating the mechanism of side reactions that occur inhibiting  the capacity of the battery.

Haifeng Li : Graduate Student

Haifeng Li

hli211[AT]uic.edu

Graduate Student

Joined group: Fall 2015

2015-Present: Ph.D. Student in Chemistry. University of Illinois at Chicago (USA).
2013-2014:
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Qingdao University of Science & Technology, Qingdao (China).

Research interests: I am interested in the synthesis of novel cathode materials for rechargeable Li-ion batteries and the study of the relationship between the structure and the mechanism that determines electrochemical properties. My current project is to investigate the role of anionic redox reactions in transition metal oxides.

Brian May : Graduate Student

Brian May

may16[AT]uic.edu

Graduate Student

Joined Group: Fall 2013

2013-Present: Ph.D. Student in Chemistry. University of Illinois at Chicago (USA).
2009-2013: B.S. in Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry. Loyola University Chicago (USA).

Research Interests: I am interested in how the insertion and removal of lithium affects the stability of positive electrode materials by examining strain through X-ray diffraction.

Gene Nolis : Graduate Student

Gene Nolis

gnolis2[AT]uic.edu

Graduate Student

Joined Group: Spring 2015

2015-Present: Ph.D. Student in Chemistry. University of Illinois at Chicago (USA).
2012-2014: M.S. in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Picardy, Amiens, France Erasmus Mundus. Thesis research completed at Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland.
2009-2012: B.S. in Chemistry, Binghamton University (USA).

Research Interests: I am interested in novel colloidal synthesis methods for generating nanoparticles with applications in energy storage and conversion. Additionally, I would like to further understand the fundamentals of multivalent intercalation chemistry in solid-state materials.

Mike Plews : Graduate Student

Mike Plews

plews2[AT]uic.edu

Graduate Student

Joined Group: Fall 2013

ResearchGate profile

2013-Present: Ph.D. Student in Chemistry. University of Illinois at Chicago (USA).
2009-2013: MChem with study in North America at the University of Manchester (UK).

Research Interests: I am interested in research in to new cathode materials for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. My current projects involve investigation of solution based synthesis of alkali-transition metal fluorides, their structural properties and electrochemical performance.

Mark Wolf : Graduate Student

Mark Wolf

mwolf22[AT]uic.edu

Graduate Student

Joined Group: Fall 2014

Personal Blog

2014-Present: Ph.D. Student in Chemistry. University of Illinois at Chicago (USA).
2013-2014: Scientist, Kalsec, Inc. (USA).
2012-2013: Associate Scientist, Kalsec, Inc. (USA).
2008-2012: Assistant Scientist, Kalsec, Inc. (USA).
2003-2008: B.S. in Chemistry, Western Michigan University (USA).

Research Interests: Measuring localized changes in an electrode can reveal chemical insights that are invisible when measuring its bulk properties. I am using X-ray microdiffraction to map phase-changes across the surfaces of cathodes in lithium-ion cells during various stages of the charging cycle. By studying these small-scale processes, I hope to better understand the factors that contribute to making reliable and efficient batteries.

 

Undergraduate Students

Jannie Bolotnikov : Undergraduate Researcher

Jannie Bolotnikov

Jbolot2[at]uic.edu

Undergraduate Researcher

Joined Group: Fall 2015

2013-Present: B.S. Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago (USA).

Mario Lopez : Undergraduate Researcher

Mario Lopez

mlopez95[AT]uic.edu

Undergraduate Researcher

Joined Group: Fall 2016

Pursuing: B.S. Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago (USA).

Ashfique Nazib : Undergraduate Researcher

Ashfique Nazib

anazib2[AT]uic.edu

Undergraduate Researcher

Joined Group: Fall 2016

Pursuing: B.S. Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago (USA).

Martin Sarmiento : Undergraduate Researcher

Martin Sarmiento

msarmi3[AT]uic.edu

Undergraduate Researcher

Joined Group: Fall 2016

Pursuing: B.S. Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago (USA).