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about us​

The See Group engages in an interdisciplinary approach to tackle fundamental questions related to electrochemical devices. We combine expertise in materials chemistry, analytical chemistry, and electrochemistry to gain a thorough understanding of the bulk and interfacial structure of active materials during and as a result of charge transfer processes in batteries and electrochromic materials. Perturbations of the chemistry in both the solid-state and solution will allow us to develop detailed structure-property relationships. We prepare energy storage and electrochromic materials and employ a suite of tools including electroanalytical chemistry, spectroscopy, synchrotron characterization, as well as in situ techniques including Raman and UV-Vis spectroscopy to characterize processes occurring in the solid-state as well as those at interfaces. Understanding charge transfer mechanisms in these devices will further the fundamental knowledge of redox processes and enable better materials design and ultimately more efficient devices.

electrochemistry

The backbone of our work lies in the versatile field of electrochemistry. Our goal is determine the structure-property relationships that govern redox processes in various systems. We are interested in structural changes in the bulk as well as those at interfaces as a result of charge transfer.

materials

In order to develop structure-property relationships, we perturb the system by preparing various material families both in the solid-state and in solution. Careful design of materials allows us to understand how their structures change as a result of redox processes.

characterization

Thorough  characterization is essential to developing the structure-property relationships we use to inform the design of new and better performing systems. In addition to electrochemical characterization, we use several diffraction, spectroscopic, and synchrotron techniques.

 

group news and updates

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Dec 02, 2019

The See Group warmly welcomes our new G1s!

The See Group is very proud to welcome first year Chemistry students Brian Lee, Eshaan Patheria, Kim Pham, and Michelle Qian to the group! Check out their bios on the members page.

Nov 12, 2019

Kim wins the Science Award Electrochemistry

Kim traveled to Wolfsburg, Germany to compete for the international Science Award Electrochemistry. Kim was recognized by a six-member jury of experts for "her outstanding contribution to research into multivalent ion and sulphur batteries." The award is a joint initiative between Volkswagen and BASF. Find out more about the award here.

Oct 01, 2019

We welcome Dr. Forrest Laksowski to the group!

The See Group is excited to welcome our newest postdoc, Dr. Forrest Laskowski, to the group! Forrest comes to us from the Boettcher group at the University of Oregon. Check out his most recent publication in Nature Materials here! Find out more about Forrest himself in the member page.

Sep 25, 2019

Steve Kim passes candidacy!

Many congratulations to Steve Kim who passed his candidacy exam today!

Sep 15, 2019

Kim travels to Jerusalem for the Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium

Kim is invited to attend the Israeli-American Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium hosted by the National Academy of Sciences and the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Find out more about Frontiers here.

Sep 13, 2019

Kim is a finalist for the VW/BASF Science Award Electrochemistry

Kim is a finalist for the VW/BASF Science Award Electrochemistry. She will travel to Wolfsburg, Germany to give a talk on her work in November at the Science Dialog in which "the most recent developments and challenges in applied research in electrochemistry" will be discussed.

Aug 18, 2019

Zac Iton is awarded the Bill H. James Foundation for Aspiring African-American Engineers Scholarship!

Many, many congratulations to Zac Iton who was awarded the Bill H. James Foundation for Aspiring African-American Engineers 2019-2020 Scholarship! Check out the announcement here!

Jun 25, 2019

We are excited to welcome Zac Iton to the group!

We are thrilled to welcome Zac Iton to the group! Zac will be working on divalent ionics. Check out Zac's bio in the members page.

Jun 14, 2019

Sarah's paper on electrolytes for Mg-S batteries is out!

Check out Sarah's paper probing MACC as an electrolyte for Mg-S batteries published in Inorganic Chemistry: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b00891. You can read a bit more about the paper in the publications tab.

Jun 14, 2019

Congratulations to Charlie Hansen!

Charlie has earned his Masters in Chemical Engineering! Congratulations, Charlie! We wish him all the best in his new position as a Chemistry Fleet Support Engineer at the Naval Nuclear Laboratory - Bettis.

May 28, 2019

Our work is featured on the cover of Chemistry of Materials

We are super excited that our work on divalent ion conductors is featured on the cover of Chemistry of Materialshttps://pubs.acs.org/toc/cmatex/31/10

May 28, 2019

Kim is awarded the Beckman Young Investigator Award!

Apr 08, 2019

Charlie and Josh are awarded the NSF GRFP!!

We are so excited for Charlie Hansen and Josh Zak who were awarded the 2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! CONGRATULATIONS!

Mar 20, 2019

Steve Kim officially joins the group!

We are pleased to welcome Steve Kim officially to the group!

Mar 15, 2019

Andy's paper on Zn2+ conduction in ZnPS3 is out!

Check out Andy and Sarah's paper, along with our theory collaborators including the Bernardi and Schleife groups, published in Chemistry of Materialshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.9b00207. You can read a bit more about the paper in the publications tab.

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