And 2 more PhDs in 2 days!

Gene and Jake are officially Dr. Nolis and Dr. Lapping, after their successful defenses on Thursday and Friday. Congratulations, Drs.! We will be watching your careers take off!

A new Ph.D. in battery research

Mark Wolfman successfully defended his thesis today, entitled “Chemical and Structural Mapping of Cathodes for Li-Ion Batteries From the Nano- to the Electrode-Scale”. Congratulations, Dr. Wolfman, cheers for more cool research to come from you!

An oxide electrode for magnesium batteries could help electric vehicles go farther

[The team] found that vanadium oxide can be a reversible electrode in a magnesium battery. Although this material had been explored before, the new paper, published in ACS Energy Letters, demonstrates for the first time that it can store large amounts of charge reversibly.

Read more about our new article exploring Mg intercalation into V2O5 in this post in the UIC Science blog. A hard-fought accomplishment for (alumnus) Hyun Deog!

Update to publications list

We have updated our list of publications to reflect recent activity in our group. Linhua and Bob Jin have been busy reporting our advances in core-shell nanocrystals!

New use of X-ray Raman spectroscopy for battery materials

We have a new article out in Carbon that presents a picture of the bulk changes in the electronic structure of graphite upon Li intercalation, using X-ray Raman spectroscopy. This is a trip down memory lane, to work led by our Berkeley-era alumnus Ulrike Boesenberg!

How to synthesize potassium transition metal fluoride nanocrystals

Resulting from Mike’s Ph.D. work, we have a new paper out in CrystEngComm with a description of the synthesis of nanocrystals of various KMF3 and K3MF6 and their bonding, through X-ray absorption spectroscopy. An ode to perseverance, Mike!

Disordered crystals are promising for future battery technology

Tiny, disordered particles of magnesium chromium oxide may hold the key to new magnesium battery energy storage technology, which could possess increased capacity compared to conventional lithium-ion batteries, find UCL and University of Illinois at Chicago researchers.

Read more about this new article appearing in Nanoscale on this press release from our partners at University College London, or this highlight from the Advanced Photon Source. A fruitful collaboration enabled by Linhua!

New article on the synthesis of NCA

Emerging from Brian’s Ph.D. work, a paper in The Journal of the Electrochemical Society summarizes his understanding of how synthetic parameters affect morphology and crystallinity of NCA, one of the most popular cathode materials today. Good work, Brian!

Control of size and composition of colloidal nanocrystals of manganese oxide

This is the title of a new article in Inorganic Chemistry, where Gene reports the results of a systematic study of how careful control of the chemical environment can critically affect the synthesis of manganese oxides in the form of colloidal nanocrystals. “A no-nonsense” article, according to the reviewers. Kudos to Gene!

Eva Allen receives TA award

Eva Allen is one of the recipients of the Spring 2018 Teaching Assistant Appreciation Awards in Chemistry. Congratulations, Eva!