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.
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.
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.
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.