Current Members


Principal
Investigator

Research
Scientist

  • Dario Marrocchelli

    Dario Marrocchelli

    Research Scientist

    Email: dmarrocc AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-253-8450

    Website: http://web.mit.edu/dmarrocc/www

    Education:
    Ph.D., Computational Chemistry, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

    Dario's interests lie in the computational study of energy materials. Applications of interest are, inter alia, Solid Oxide Fuel Cells , Three-Way-Catalysts and Li-ion batteries. The main goal of his research is to provide a detailed atomistic understanding of the properties of these materials by using computational tools like Density Functional Theory and Molecular Dynamics leading to prediction of new material compositions with improved properties.

  • Keitaro Horikawa

    Keitaro Horikawa

    Visiting Research Scientist

    Email: horikawa AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-388-0331

    Education:
    Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Tokyo, Japan
    M.Sc., and B.Sc, Materials Science, Kyushu University, Japan

    Professional Career:
    Associate Professor, Dept. Mech. Bioengineering, Osaka University, Japan
    Visiting Scientist, Dept. Materials Science, Queen's University, Canada
    Research Associate, Dept. Mech. Eng., University of Tokushima, Japan

    My research is focussed on visualization of hydrogen gas evolution from the surface of industrial or functional materials susceptible to hydrogen embrittlement. Towards this aim, I use a combination of hydrogen microprint technique, combined mass spectroscopy and tensile testing and thermal desorption spectroscopy.

Postdoctoral
Associates

  • Nikolay Tsvetkov

    Nikolay Tsvetkov

    Postdoctoral Associate


    Email: niktsvet AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-253-8450

    Education:
    PhD in Material Science and Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
    MS, Moscow State Institute of Electronics and Mathematics
    BS, Moscow State Institute of Electronics and Mathematics

    Nikolay's research interests are generally related to the field of surface and interface science in relation to the field of the renewable energy sources such as solar cells or fuel cells. His research work is focused on the investigation of the structural and electronic properties of nanostructured semiconductors as well as on the enhancement of the charge transport processes at the semiconductor interfaces by tailoring their electronic structure.

  • Kiran Adepalli

    Kiran Adepalli

    Postdoctoral Associate


    Email: adepalli AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-253-8450

    Education:
    PhD in Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart
    M.E., Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, India
    B.Tech, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India


    Kiran's research at MIT will focus on charge transport mechanisms in mixed conducting oxides under the influence of extended defects. The systems of relevance include cathodes for SOFC and memristor devices. His research interests lie broadly in the area of point defect chemistry, electrochemical investigations and diffusion related studies.

  • Mostafa Youssef

    Mostafa Youssef

    Postdoctoral Associate

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

    Education:
    PhD in Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT
    M.Sc. Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT
    B.Sc. Nuclear Engg., Alexandria University, Egypt

    Mostafa' s research aims to improve the resistance of zirconium alloys as cladding materials of nuclear fuel against corrosion and hydrogen pickup. The focus is on the zirconium oxide (ZrO2) layer that grows natively on these alloys. He employs electronic structure simulation techniques coupled with statistical mechanical modeling to understand charged defect equilibria and kinetics in ZrO2, in addition to the interfacial reactions between water and ZrO2. In his spare time, he drinks coffee and tea, plays chess, listens to classical music, and drinks coffee and tea again.

  • Yan Chen

    Yan Chen

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Email: yan_chen AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-253-1749

    Website: http://web.mit.edu/yan_chen/www/

    Education:
    PhD in Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT
    ME Nuclear Techniques and Applications, Peking University
    BS Physics, Peking University

    Yan's research interests lie in understanding the correlation between materials properties and catalytic activity for renewable energy applications. The objective of Yan's current project is to design novel oxide hetero-structure as highly active cathode materials to enable more efficient and durable SOFCs at intermediate temperatures. She implemented a novel combination of in-situ STS and FIB milling to probe the local electronic structure at nanometer resolution in multilayer superlattices. With this technique, she discovered electronic activation on (La,Sr)CoO3/(La,Sr)2CoO4 multilayer structure at high temperatures.

  • Christian Lenser

    Christian Lenser

    Postdoctoral Associate


    Email: clenser AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-253-8450

    Education:
    Dr. rer. nat. (or you can write Ph.D. if you like) RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
    M.Sc. Technical University of Munich (TUM), Munich, Germany
    B.Sc. RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany


    My research focuses on the electronic properties of novel MIEC oxides for various applications, such as SOFC cathodes or memristors, using a variety of spectroscopy and surface techniques. In particular, I will try to address the interrelation between local chemistry, electronic structure and physicochemical properties using in-situ photoelectron spectroscopy during my stay at MIT.


Graduate
Students

  • William Herbert

    William Herbert

    PhD Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering

    Email: wherbert AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-253-1749

    Education:
    M.Eng. Materials Science, Oxford University, UK

    Will looks at the relations between defect chemistry, structure and electronic properties of iron sulfide thin films. The focus is on the material's behaviour in corrosion scales under highly aggressive oilfield conditions, but a fundamental understanding of sulfide films has implications for a wide range of applications, from electrochemical energy systems to thin-film photovoltaics.

  • Wen Ma

    Wen Ma

    PhD Candidate, Nuclear Science and Engineering

    Email: sucaba AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-324-2723

    Education:
    BS Physics, Peking University, China

    Wen's research interests lie in fundamental understanding of material passivation under harsh conditions. Using a combination of X-ray photospectroscopy techniques, scanning tunennling microscopy and other techniques, passivation of critical structuring material like Zirconium alloys is investigated to examine the relationship between surface chemical state, electronic state and crystal structure in determining thermodynamics and kinetics of initial oxidation.

  • Aravind Krishnamoorthy

    Aravind Krishnamoorthy

    PhD Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering

    Email: aravindk AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-324-2723

    Education:
    B.Tech Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, IIT Madras, India

    My research focuses on atomic-scale modeling of surface reactions that occur on iron sulfide films. These surface films play a major role in degradation of sub-sea infrastructure of off-shore oil platforms and understanding the thermodynamic and kinetic fundamentals of surface reactions can pave the way for design of tougher materials for such extreme environments. In particular, I am looking at the effect of surface and defect chemistry on the rates of unit processes such as interfacial charge transfer and ionic diffusion using DFT and other higher-scale modeling methods.

  • Lixin Sun

    Lixin Sun

    PhD Candidate, Nuclear Science and Engineering

    Email: lixinsun AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-253-1749

    Education:
    BS Physics, Peking University, China

    Lixin is interested on long-time scale evolution in defected material, i.e. irradiation influence on the material degradation. She's currently working on the defect cluster in irradiated iron via the autonomous basin climbing algorithm, trying to understand the cluster's evolution mechanism. Despite workaholic, she also develops bakingaholic and walkaholic life style as a first year graduate student in Boston.

  • Qiyang Lu

    Qiyang Lu

    PhD Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering

    Email: qiyanglu AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-253-1749

    Education:
    BS Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, China

    Qiyang Lu joined the Laboratory for Electrochemical Interfaces in November 2012 as a first-year graduate student in Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His current research focuses on the strain effects on surface chemistry and electronic structure of cathode materials in the solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs).

  • Ming Yang

    Ming Yang

    PhD Candidate, Nuclear Science and Engineering

    Email: yangm AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-774-7927

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

  • Kyoung-Won Park

    Kyoung-Won Park

    PhD Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering

    Email: kpark_27 AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-774-7927

    Education:
    BS Materials Science and Eng. Korea University, South Korea

    MS Materials Science and Eng. Korea University, South Korea

Undergraduate
Student

  • Minh A Dinh

    Minh A Dinh

    Undergraduate, Nuclear Science and Engineering

    Email: minhdinh AT mit DOT edu
    Phone: 617-803-6729

    Education:
    BS Candidate, 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.

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