Current Members


Principal
Investigator

Postdoctoral
Associates

  • Xiahui Yao

    Xiahui Yao

    Postdoctoral Associate


    Email: yaox AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-253-4636

    Education:
    PhD in Physical Chemistry, Boston College
    B.S. in Material Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China

    Xiahui's research at MIT will be focusing on the novel synthesis of coatings to serve as the barrier that can reduce hydrogen permeation into steels. His research interests also include the electrochemistry at solid-solid interface.

  • Franziska Hess

    Franziska Hess

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Email: fhess AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-253-4636

    Dr. Franziska Hess is a postdoctoral associate at the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. She studies (electro-)catalytic reactions on surfaces applying a combination of experiments and/or density functional theory with Kinetic Monte Carlo simulations. The aim of her research is to understand the interplay between intrinsic material parameters (such as adsorption energies, activation energies, ion misfit) and extrinsic parameters (temperature, partial pressures, bias voltage) and their effect on the overall reaction kinetics and material stability in order to improve material and process parameters.

  • Georgios Dimitrakopoulos

    Georgios Dimitrakopoulos

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Email: gdim AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-253-4636

    Education:
    Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Computation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
    B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

    Georgios investigates the fundamentals of catalyst exsolution from perovskite materials using experimental and numerical methods. The goal of his research is to design membrane reactors and electrodes with high catalytic activity and increased long-term stability compared to the traditional catalyst deposition methods.
    The applications include water and carbon dioxide splitting to produce hydrogen and carbon monoxide, respectively, combined with methane or higher hydrocarbon conversion into added-value chemicals.

  • Cigdem

    Cigdem Toparli

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Email: ctoparli AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-253-4636

    Education:
    Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering, Max-Planck-Institute füer Eisenforschung, Germany

    Cigdem's research is focused on the barrier coatings against hydrogen and fouling deposits. The objective of her current project is to characterize the thin films of crud-resistant coatings and understand the hydrogen uptake mechanism in the barrier coatings.

  • Kevin

    Kevin May

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Email: kmay AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-253-4636

    Education:
    PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    SM in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    B.Eng. in Engineering Physics, McMaster University

    My work is focused on the physical, chemical and electrical characterization of oxide resistive switching devices for neuromorphic computing applications. In general, I am interested in complex materials, solid state interfaces and combining experimental and computational approaches (such as density functional theory and machine learning) in science and engineering.

  • Nicolas

    Nicolas Emond

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Email: emondn AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-253-4636

    Education:
    PhD in Materials Science, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Canada

    Nicolas's research at MIT will focus on studying the structure, chemistry and resistive switching properties of insulating oxides in the context of neuromorphic computing. The objective of his research is to achieve proper control of resistive switching phenomena properties and location, therefore reducing stochasticity and variability among resistive switching units while enhancing symmetry of switching.

  • Anisur

    Anisur Rahman

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Email: rahmanm AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-253-5466

    Education:
    PhD in Chemistry (Nanotechnology), University of Waterloo

    Anisur’s work at MIT will focus on interface characterization of solid-state Li-ion batteries with both ex situ and synchrotron based in situ X-ray scattering and spectroscopy experiments.

  • Konstantin

    Konstantin Klyukin

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Email: klyukin AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-324-7063

    Education:
    PhD in Condensed Matter Physics, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia

    Konstantin's research interests are related to the atomistic understanding of surface and interfacial phenomena by applying ab initio calculations. His current project aims to examine the complex interplay between defect chemistry and properties of functional oxides.

  • Pjotrs

    Pjotrs Zguns

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Email: pjotr.zgun AT gmail DOT com
    Phone: 617-253-5466

    Education:
    PhD in Condensed Matter Physics, Uppsala University, Sweden

    Petr is interested in first-principles-based multiscale modeling of solid state ion conductors and his current project is focused on the effect of strain on ionic conductivity in Li-ion electrolytes, at bulk and interfaces.

  • Jiwon

    Ji-Won Jung

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Email: jwjung AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-768-7137

    Education:
    PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

    Ji-Won's research interest at MIT includes fabrication, characterization, and electrochemical evaluation of solid-state electrolyte for Li-metal batteries, and his current research project is focused on an understanding of interfacial phenomena between a cathode and a solid-state electrolyte in Li-metal batteries.


Graduate
Students

  • Jing Yang

    Jing Yang

    PhD Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering

    Email: yangjing AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-253-0054

    Education:
    BS Physics, Peking University, China

    The aim of my work is to understand how the existence of interface influence the defect equilibria for oxide materials. I'm currently working on ZrO2/Cr2O3 heterojunction to examine the effect of oxidized chromium on zircalloy corrosion.

  • Minh A Dinh

    Minh A Dinh

    PhD Candidate, Nuclear Science and Engineering

    Email: minhdinh AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-253-0054

    Education:
    BS, Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT

    My research interests lie on embrittlement process of iron sulfide films in the existence of hydrogen. This process is substantially important to sub-sea infrastructure of off-shore oil platforms and understanding the effect of hydrogen on this process could help finding a new solution against such extreme environments. In particular, I am looking at the effect of hydrogen in bulk mackinawite structure using DFT.

  • Jiayue Wang

    Jiayue Wang

    PhD Candidate, Nuclear Science and Engineering

    Email: wangjy11 AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-253-0180

    Education:
    BS, Engineering Physics, Tsinghua University

    Jiayue is interested on the improvement of durability of solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOECs). He's currently working on the surface chemistry changes on doped ceria during carbon deposition.

  • Dongha

    Dongha Kim

    PhD Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering

    Email: hkkdh AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-253-5466

    Education:
    MS Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University, South Korea
    BS Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University, South Korea

    I am focusing on oxide electrocatalyst surfaces which are important for fuel cells and thermochemical splitting of water or carbon dioxide.

  • Yenting

    Yen-Ting Chi

    PhD Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering
    co-supervised with Prof. Van Vliet
    Email: yenting AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 857-205-4448

    Education:
    BS, Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University

  • Vrindaa

    Vrindaa Somjit

    PhD Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering

    Email: vrindaa AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-342-7068

    Education:
    B.Tech., Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, National Institute of Technology-Tiruchirappalli, India

  • William

    William (Yu Ren) Zhou

    Graduate Student, Materials Science and Engineering

    Email: wyrzhou AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-342-7068

    Education:
    BSE in Materials Science and Engineering and BA in Physics, University of Pennsylvania

    I will be studying the degradation and failure mechanisms of water-based anti-corrosion coatings for metals, which are more environmentally friendly than oil-based coatings. This is an experimental project done in collaboration with Profs. Ju Li, Michael Short and Martin Bazant.

  • Younggyu

    Younggyu Kim

    Graduate Student, Materials Science and Engineering

    Email: younggyu AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-253-0180

    Education:
    BS Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University, South Korea

    I am working on solid-state Li-ion batteries. I am currently interested in Cathode-Electrolyte Interface.

  • Hantao

    Hantao Zhang

    Graduate Student, Nuclear Science and Engineering

    Email: hantaoz AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-253-0054

    Education:
    BS Applied Physics, University of Science and Technology of China

    My research interest in the group is computational study of oxide defects under external fields, with couplings to electronic, magnetic and thermal properties.

  • Sand

    Sara Sand

    Graduate Student, Materials Science and Engineering

    Email: sarasand AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-258-0521

    Education:
    BS Physics, Ohio University

    Sara Sand is working to identify the ion conducting pathways with polymer-ceramic composite electrolytes for all-solid-state batteries. By creating model systems, she is identifying the contribution of conductivity within the bulk of each material verses the interface between the two. Ultimately, this will be used to design an ideal composite structure to optimize the conductivity while maintaining the benefits of a flexible, solid electrolyte.

  • Seungchan

    Seungchan Ryu

    PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering

    Email: scryu AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-893-4605

    Education:
    M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University
    B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Sungkyunkwan Unicersity

    Seungchan Ryu is a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He obtained a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science and from Seoul National University and Sungkyunkwan University, respectively. Prior to joining the MIT in the fall of 2017, he had worked at Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) for the three years. His research is focused on interface properties on solid-state electrolytes for energy storage system. Generally, he is interested in energy materials and solid state ionics.

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