Research Groups

Battery Research Group

From left to right: Zhaohui Ma, Yunhui Gong, Lei Zhang, Griffin Godbey, Dennis McOwen, Yaoyu Ren, Eric Wachsman, Jon O'Neill, Patrick Stanley, Jack Evans Gritton, Matthew Limpert,Mohammed Hussain Abdul Jabbar, Tanner Hamann

Battery Research

Fuel Cell Group Members

From left to right front row: Dr. Eric Wachsman, Dr. Mohammad Hussain Abdul Jabbar (Group Leader), Dr. Yi-Lin Huang, Mann Sakbodin, Zixiao Liu  Back row: Ian Robinson, Patrick Stanley and Alireza Pesaran.

Fuel Cell Research

Group Members

B.S. Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio
Ph.D. Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

Research Experience: Undergraduate: Scale up of the chemical looping process using coal to a 25 kW sub-pilot scale reactor. Focused on the kinetics of fuel conversion, fuel fluidization, and coal substitution with more sustainable solid biofuels. PhD: Liquid electrolytes for advanced Li-ion batteries. Focused on solution structure of electrolytes at the molecular-level, its impact on physical properties and battery performance, and the synthesis/development of new lithium salts for advanced batteries. 
Postdoc (current): Solid-state ceramic electrolytes for all solid-state Li-ion batteries. Using high conductivity lithium garnet ceramics, I am working on tailoring the electrolyte microstructure and electrolyte/electrode interfacial properties to manufacture stable, high-energy density all solid-state Li-ion batteries.

Ongoing research:  Mechanistic enhancement of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathodes through an understanding of fundamentals, he developed a surface modification method for enhancing material performance. He is currently studying the catalytic activity and durability of SOFC cathode materials at different working conditions.

Mann is a graduate student in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at UMD. His research focuses on the conversion of methane into more useful chemicals via the non-oxidative methane aromatization reaction with the use of ceramic membrane reactor.

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Tufts University, 2003
M.S. Chemical Engineering, Tufts University, 2006

Patrick began his PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering at UMD in 2014. Currently, he is investigating fracture mechanisms in solid oxide fuel cell anodes. In his undergraduate career he developed cathode material for Li-ion batteries at Missouri S&T and researched Na-beta alumina batteries at EaglePitcher as an intern. Prior to UMD he worked in manufacturing for two years at Pella Corporation.

B.S. Chemical Engineering and B.S. Chemistry, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2012

PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University
BE, Chemical Engineering and Technology, South China University of Technology

Research experience & interests: Current interests are in both SOFCs and SSLBs fields, and now is working with the Wachsman Group to optimize the performance of the low temperature SOFC with ceria-bismuth oxide bilayer electrolytes and the SSLB with garnet type electrolyte.

B.S. Physics, Zhejiang University, China
M.S. Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, CAS, China
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Research Experience: BS: Growth of silicon nanowire for solar cell application. MS: STM characterization of organic molecule self-assembly on metal surface; Growth and transport property of graphene on metal surface; First principle calculation of molecular self-assembly. PhD: Spray pyrolysis to make nano-sized composite cathode in SOFC; Tape casting to fabricate SOFC multilayer structure; Advanced electrochemical characterization in solid state ion conducting materials; Space charge theory to optimize ionic conductivity in solid state ion conducting materials; Finite element analysis on solid state energy device stability; Synthesis and stability test of core-shell nobel metal nanoparticles as cathode catalyst for PEMFC; Kinetic study of CO poisoning on nobel metal catalyst.

B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Maryland

PhD candidate in the Materials Science and Engineering department focusing his research on materials for energy storage. His current research with the Wachsman Lab includes the synthesis, characterization, and scale up of solid state lithium-ion conductive ceramics for high-energy density batteries.

B.S. Applied Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, China
Ph. D. Condensed matter physics, University of Science and Technology of China, China
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Research: Energy Conversion and Storage, Solid State Battery, Solid Oxide Fuel Cell

B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

First year PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering. He completed his undergraduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Tennessee in 2016. His current research focus is the synthesis and characterization of solid state electrolyte for lithium batteries. Previous research includes work with carbon composites, electroactive carbon, and industrial waste heat recovery.

B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Maryland
M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Maryland

Currently, he is researching ceramic electrolytes for integration in all solid-state lithium ion batteries. His work focuses on synthesizing and characterizing controlled electrolyte microstructures, modifying electrode-electrolyte interfaces, and improving electrode utilization in fully assembled test cells. 

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Villanova University
M.S. Chemical Engineering, Villanova University

Matthew began his PhD in Material Science and Engineering at UMD in Fall 2014. His undergraduate degree is from Villanova University in 2010 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. While there, he investigated process improvements for on-campus bio-diesel production. Matthew worked in industry on man portable power systems before beginning his graduate work. Currently, Matthew is working on characterizing solid state electrolyte samples on inductively couple plasma-mass spectrometer.

B.S. Physics, Georgetown University
Ph.D. candidate in Materials Science and Engineering

Jon is currently developing 3D transport models for solid state batteries.