PhD candidate Mallory Clites (advisor: Ekaterina Pomerantseva) has received a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) award for the project, “In situ Diffraction Studies of Structural Dynamics in Chemically Preintercalated Bilayered Vanadium Oxide Electrodes,” to be conducted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) over six months beginning in July 2018.
High electrochemical performance of layered materials with large interlayer space stabilized by structural water opens the opportunity to create next generation batteries with high power and energy. The objective of Clites’ work is to understand the role water has on stabilization of the material, diffusion of electrochemically cycling ions (ECIs), and the structural dynamics under cycling.
Her proposed work will build off results previously obtained in the Materials Electrochemistry Group and benefit from the capabilities at ORNL. Combining synthesis techniques developed at Drexel with the state-of-the-art characterization techniques at ORNL will provide knowledge of the structural aspects that can lead to the fabrication of new layered materials with large interlayer spacing and advanced electrochemical behavior.
SCGSR awards are made in recognition of outstanding academic accomplishments and the merit of the proposed research. They reflect the awardee’s potential to advance his/her PhD studies and make important contributions to the mission of the DOE Office of Science.