Group Members

Principal Investigator

Jordi Cabana : Associate Professor

Jordi Cabana

jcabana[AT]uic.edu

Associate Professor

Joined Group: Founder!

2017-Present: Associate Professor. Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL (USA).
2013-2017: 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.

 

Graduate Students

Eva Allen : Graduate Student

Eva Allen

eallen28[AT]uic.edu

Graduate Student

Joined Group: Fall 2017

2017-Present: Ph.D. Student in Chemistry. University of Illinois at Chicago (USA).

2015-2017: Research Assistant. Materials Engineering Research Facility, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL (USA).

2011-2015: B.S. in Chemistry, North Central College, Naperville, IL (USA).

Research Interests: I am researching synthetic methods of surface modified lithium metal oxide nanoparticles and secondary microparticles as cathode materials for lithium ion batteries, and analyzing the effect on surface reactions that determine the electrochemical performance and lifetime stability of the battery.

Will Judge : Graduate Student

Will Judge

wjudge2[AT]uic.edu

Graduate Student

Joined Group: Spring 2018

2017-Present: Ph.D. Student in Chemistry. University of Illinois at Chicago (USA).

2016-2017: Quality Control Chemist for Allergan Pharmaceuticals (USA).

2012-2016: B.S in Chemistry, Baylor University, Waco, TX (USA).

Research Interests: I am interested in developing x-ray diffraction techniques to better understand how the insertion and removal of lithium affects the stability of battery cathode materials.

 

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.

Chao Li : Graduate Student

Chao Li

cli203[AT]uic.edu

Graduate Student

Joined Group: Fall 2016

2016-Present: Ph.D. Student in Chemistry. University of Illinois at Chicago (USA).

2015-2016: Chemical Support Technician, VWR International at NIBR, Boston, MA (USA).

2014-2015: Research Assistant, Prof. Deyang Qu's Lab, University of Massachusetts Boston, MA (USA).

2010-2014: B.S. in Chemistry, B.S. in Business Administration and Management,  University of Massachusetts Boston, MA (USA).

Research Interests: I am interested in investigating the mechanism of the formation of inhomogeneities of electrode reactions, which determine the lifetime and safety of the Li-ion batteries. For this purpose, I am using X-ray micro-diffraction to develop methodologies of chemical imaging of single crystal particles at multiple scales.

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.

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.

Mark Wolfman : Graduate Student

Mark Wolfman

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