With sufficient control of the hierarchical structure of multilength-scale materials, Dr. Ban’s research focuses on exploring chemical and physical properties of materials including 3D materials and membranes via manipulating the interface for energy storage and highly selective membrane technologies. Her current research interests include: Interfacial science and engineering for functional materials used in energy storage and water desalination systems Atomic and molecular layer deposition of hybrid and ceramic materials; Mechanical-electrochemical coupling at electrode-electrolyte interface for a variety of electrochemical systems; Design of new materials systems for lithium ion and multivalent ion (such as Mg, Ca, Zn ions) diffusion in solid lattices for future multivalent energy storage systems; Materials discovery and development for non-aqueous electrolytes for Na, Mg and Ca metal batteries; Solid-state synthesis of ion conducting materials; Multi-modal and in situ measurements to exploit the complex functionality and process for a more thorough understanding of the mechanisms underlying the electrochemical behaviors.
electrochemistry, electrochemical energy storage, molecular layer deposition, lithium-ion batteries, magnesium-metal batteries, sodium-metal batteries, calcium metal batteries, borate electrolytes, solid-state electrolytes, advanced manufacturing of electrochemical energy storage systems, surface modification, battery recycling techniques and intermetallic silicon anode materials
MCEN 1024 - Chemistry for Energy and Materials Science
Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023
Covers the basic physical and chemical fundamentals underlying the disciplines of energy and materials, with a focus on topics relevant to your mechanical engineering education. These fundamentals include atomic structure, stoichiometry, the periodic table, chemical bonding, states of matter, thermochemistry and chemical reactions. Recommended prerequisite: one year of high school chemistry. Degree credit not granted for this course and CHEN 1201, CHEN 1211, or CHEM 1113.