B.S. University of Kentucky, 2003
Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008
University of Illinois, postdoctoral researcher, 2008-2011
My research focuses on the design, synthesis, and characterization of conjugated organic materials for applications that access multiple states of oxidation. In particular, we are interested in structure/property relationships of redox-active molecules for energy storage applications, such as lithium-ion batteries and redox-flow batteries. The organic components of these energy storage devices are vast and complex, and considering new materials requires meeting a diverse property set in a complex environment of electrolyte solvents, salts, and charged interfaces. In addition to tailoring organic molecules such that they exhibit reversible redox events in these environments, we must also consider factors such as electrochemical potentials, solubility over multiple states of charge, diffusion coefficients, permeability, and - not to be forgotten - cost and scalability. Simplicity in design is a critical factor. The elegance of our work is realized when we can design and produce a simple, scalable compounds that allow us to advance our understanding and demonstrate improved function in working devices.