"Laboratory for Electrochemical Materials and Energy Sustainability"
Innovative technologies enabled by next-generation materials will define the future of sustainable energy storage and conversion. My future research program will develop and apply a number of synthetic and theoretical strategies to solve a diverse range of chemistry and materials science problems related to next-generation materials for energy storage. This research program will enable the co-evolution of innovation and deployment strategies via inexpensive, earth-abundant chemistries. Specifically, my research group will (1) introduce new, lithium and sodium conducting electrolytes to the field, (2) invent safe batteries using lithium and sodium solid electrolytes, and (3) promote a fundamental understanding of interfacial electrochemistry in hybrid energy-storage devices. This research program will delve into the synthesis, processing and fundamental understanding of how lithium and sodium are conducted through the solid matrix and at interfaces. As an educator, my main goal is to prepare students as critical thinkers and leaders in all walks of life. Based on my education and research background, I am confident that I can teach lecture-based and lab-based courses such as Materials Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Crystallography, and Solid-State Chemistry.
"Surface Polariton-Based Metamaterials and Optoelectronics in the Mid- to Far-Infrared"
My academic career has been defined by understanding the optical properties of materials and interfaces using infrared light. This has motivated me to seek the role of assistant professor in materials science and engineering in order to provide both high-quality research and teaching. My research has centered on leveraging polaritons – coupled states of light and matter – in order to engineer new functionality into infrared devices and materials, in particular 2D materials. My group's future work aims to tightly confine light to optoelectronic transitions in atomically thin materials in order to create new types of infrared source, detector and sensor technology. My experience and background lend me to teaching on key material subjects in solid-state physics, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics.