I am a solid-state chemist interested in materials to solve global energy challenges through my research group at UC San Diego, my fast-charging battery start-up Nyobolt Limited, and my technical consultancy Niobe Energy LLC.
My lab at UC San Diego incorporates advanced characterization methods to obtain atomic-level insights on mechanisms of operation and degradation in functional materials, especially high-rate lithium-ion batteries. We synthesize new materials, conduct electrochemistry, and use tools including solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Our unique solid-state NMR instrumentation includes 900 MHz, 700 MHz, and 400 MHz superconducting magnets with Bruker spectrometers and array of new probes from Phoenix NMR. We also regularly visit particle accelerators and nuclear reactors to perform X-ray spectroscopy (XAS, XANES, EXAFS) and high-resolution X-ray and neutron diffraction. To complement our experimental work, we dive into electronic structure calculations and numerical simulations and we work closely with theorist collaborators.
In addition to hosting published work, this site serves as a directory to scientific software, textbooks, and online resources that may be of use in the areas of solid-state chemistry, solid-state NMR spectroscopy, powder diffraction, X-ray spectroscopy, and computational chemistry.