Research Leadership

Kristin Persson

Lead Principal Investigator
Liquid Solvation Science Thrust
Kristin Persson, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is a recognized leader in the field of high-throughput genomic design of materials for energy storage applications. In the fall of 2008, she started a single-investigator group at Berkeley Lab where she manages associates involved in diverse materials science research activities.

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Kang Xu

Lead Scientist
Liquid Solvation Science Thrust

Kang Xu, Army Research Laboratory, has extensive expertise in electrolytes and interphasial chemistries. He is an authority in electrolyte materials and fundamental science of interphases; high voltage non-aqueous, aqueous and hybrid electrolytes; non-flammable electrolytes; solvation-interphase correlation; and the interphase-formation mechanism model, In addition, he holds 12 patents.

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Nitash Balsara

Lead Principal Investigator
Solid Solvation Science Thrust
Nitash Balsara, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is an internationally recognized expert in polymer materials with 24 years of success across the innovation pipeline and diverse Fortune 500, national laboratory, university, and start-up organizations. His multidisciplinary Berkeley Lab research team developed the breakthrough nanostructured polymer electrolyte (NPE), a solid electrolyte designed for use in rechargeable lithium batteries.

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Yet-Ming Chiang

Lead Scientist
Solid Solvation Science Thrust
Yet-Ming Chiang is the Kyocera Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). For the past 28 years he has managed a multidisciplinary research team focused on energy science and technology; electrochemical energy storage; processing and physical properties of advanced materials; surfaces and interfaces in solids; and electron microscopy of materials.

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Jeff Moore

Lead Principal Investigator
Flowable Redoxmer Science Thrust
Jeff Moore is the Stanley O. Ikenberry Endowed Chair at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and former Director for the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. His team focuses on molecular and materials science, neuroscience, biomedical imaging, language science, and behavioral health. He is responsible for leading approximately 1,500 researchers from 40+ different campus departments and associated research staff.

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Shelley Minteer

Lead Scientist
Flowable Redoxmer Science Thrust
Shelley Minteer is a USTAR Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Utah. She conducts externally-funded research, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level.

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Kevin Zavadil

Lead Principal Investigator
Charge Transfer at Dynamic Interfaces Thrust
Kevin Zavadil, Sandia National Laboratories, served as Lead Principal Investigator for the Chemical Transformation Thrust, responsible for developing the science and demonstration prototypes for several electrochemical conversion reactions, including: metal-oxygen, lithium-sulfur, and high efficiency lithium and magnesium deposition/dissolution to support conversion and intercalation chemistries.

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Karl Mueller

Lead Scientist
Charge Transfer at Dynamic Interfaces Thrust
Karl Mueller is the Chief Science and Technology Officer in the Physical and Computational Sciences Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He began his work in JCESR in 2012 as a key research staff member and took on the position of Lead Scientist for the Crosscutting Science Thrust in 2015 and has served as the PNNL Lead Principal Investigator in JCESR since then.

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Brian Ingram

Lead Principal Investigator
Science of Material Complexity Thrust
Brian Ingram, Argonne National Laboratory, serves on the JCESR Directorate and has been a contributing investigator in the Multivalent Intercalation Thrust since 2013. In this role, he worked to develop, synthesize, and characterize magnesium and calcium intercalation host structures for next-generation batteries. Ingram established the first reported reversible non-aqueous calcium-ion battery system, which was a critical publication to encourage further research in this area. Additionally, Ingram utilized solid-state impedance spectroscopy directly measuring the long-range transport of Mg2+ in materials in direct support of NMR and DFT efforts.

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Gerbrand Ceder

Co-Lead Scientist
Science of Material Complexity Thrust
Gerbrand Ceder is recognized internationally for his achievements in developing novel battery materials and success in managing multidisciplinary research teams through all phases of the innovation cycle, from basic science to commercialization. During the past two decades, his research at MIT and Berkeley Lab – which combines computational modeling with experimental research − has focused on computational materials science, energy generation and storage, novel materials design, nanotechnology, and thermodynamics.

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Linda Nazar

Co-Lead Scientist
Science of Material Complexity Thrust
Linda Nazar, a leading authority on advanced materials for electrochemical energy storage and conversion, teaches chemistry and electrical engineering at the University of Waterloo. For the past 15 years, she has concurrently led and integrated a highly regarded research team that investigates new nanomaterials with potential to change the efficiency of how electricity is stored. Among its many accomplishments, Nazar’s team has developed highly ordered interwoven composites that allow lithium-sulfur batteries to approach their theoretical energy density of approximately 2,600 wH/kg − a huge leap over the 200 wH/kg of today’s most energy-dense battery cells.

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