Peng Bai


Math, Science & History

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My name is Peng Bai. I'm a research scientist in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT, working with Professor Martin Bazant on physical problems of electrochemical systems. In August 2017, I will become an Assistant Professor in the Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis.

I grew up in China, received my Bachelor's degree (Automotive Engineernig) from Tsinghua University in 2007, where I got interested in electric vehicles and batteries. After that, I started my PhD study on electrochemical phase transformation in LiFePO4 batteries in Tsinghua. And in 2009, driven by the curiosity to the phase transformation dynamics, I came to MIT and spent sixteen months with Prof. Bazant to develope the phase-filed model for a single LiFePO4 nanoparticle. After this visit, I returned to my garage in Tsinghua. It was a huge garage of our group, which accommodated a testing platform with a full size fuel cell bus. But, in the early spring of 2011, my advisor, Prof. Guangyu Tian, agreed to push that bus out, and supported me to turn the garage into a chemistry lab in order to synthesize LiFePO4 nanoparticles and test them in coin cells. This two-year effort finally lead to an important paper on porous electrodes. In 2012, I was awarded PhD degree with honor by Tsinghua University.

In speaking of my spare time, I'm addicted to books. Mathematics, history, novel, biography, economics, etc, are all my favorite. I love biology very much and I like browsing biomedical papers every now and then. Trying to reasoning through the pathological and physical problems associated with Carcinogenesis and Atherosclerosis is a cherished hobby of mine. Believe it or not, I had a dream to be a doctor -- You know, I mean the kind of doctor that can help people -- and I still believe I can.


2007-2012 Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering Tsinghua University
  Nano-LiFePO4 Synthesis, Characterization and Mathematical Modeling
2009-2011 Visiting Student in Chemical Engineering MIT
  Electrochemical Phase-field Modeling of LiFePO4 Nanoparticle
2003-2007 B.E. in Automotive Engineering Tsinghua University

Honors & Awards

2014 Oronzio and Niccolò De Nora Foundation Young Author Prize
2014 MIT PDA Travel Award
2012 Outstanding PhD Thesis of Tsinghua Univeristy
2009 Chinese Government Scholarship for Oversea Joint Training
2006 National Scholarship for Excellent Student
2004-2007 Si-Yuan Fellowship


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