Solving the big challenges in distributed energy generation, storage and power management requires coordinated research that reaches beyond the labs of individual faculty. The Center facilitates fundamental and applied research that crosses disciplines and is informed by the tough problems facing our industry partners. Our affiliated faculty members are listed below.


NanoEngineering

Shaochen Chen
3D printing of porous materials with nano-scale designer architecture
Professor Chen’s group has been developing laser and UV light based 3D printing techniques, including laser direct ablation, UV nanoimprinting, and stereolithography and has been utilizing these techniques to integrate nanomaterials such as piezoelectric nanocomposites for energy production.
Shaochen Chen



Zheng Chen
Nanostructured and polymeric materials for electrochemical energy storage and conversion
Prof. Zheng Chen's research focuses on design and synthesis of nanostructured and polymeric materials, their hybrids for next generation electrochemical energy storage, and conversion applications including batteries, electrochemical capacitors, and fuel cells.
Zheng Chen



David Fenning
Defect engineering for high efficiency solar cells and solar-to-fuels
Professor Fenning’s group develops new methods and approaches for controlling impurities and defects in materials for photovoltaics and (photo)electrocatalysis. By understanding defect interactions, the group works to reduce the cost of solar power and solar energy storage and pursues paths toward low cost, high volume manufacturing, researching the intersection of semiconductor physics, interfaces, and electrochemistry.
David Fenning



Darren Lipomi
Ultra-flexible and stretchable solar cells and inexpensive, large-area graphene
Professor Lipomi’s research includes the development of green chemistry and nanomanufacturing techniques that are applied toward the fabrication of mechanically compliant, organic electronic materials and devices for solar energy conversion.
Darren Lipomi



Ping Liu
Materials and architectures for energy conversion and storage
Prof. Liu's group combines chemical synthesis, electrochemistry, and materials engineering to develop ion conducting materials which enable next-generation rechargeable batteries and electrochemical actuators.
Ping Liu



Jian Luo
Novel materials processing methods and interfacial engineering of materials for energy-related applications
Professor Luo’s group are focused on designing and tailoring materials for energy-related applications, including lithium-ion batteries, supercapacitors, solid ionic conductors, photocatalysts, high-temperature materials for improving energy efficiency, and materials for applications in nuclear power generation systems and clean coal technologies.
Jian Luo



Shirley Meng
Electrochemical energy storage and conversion materials, advanced diagnosis for battery materials
Professor Meng’s group heads an interdisciplinary laboratory focused on energy storage (batteries and supercapacitors) and conversion (solar and magnetic). Professor Meng’s research group, LESC, has been focusing its efforts on the basic science and applied research for the design and development of energy storage and conversion materials. This includes lithium ion batteries, thermoelectric materials, permanent magnetic materials, and perovskite solar cells.
Shirley Meng



Shyue Ping Ong
Data-driven computational design of materials
Professor Ong’s research includes the development of novel thermodynamics analyses of quantum mechanical calculations and the investigation of structure-property relationships in nature. The Materials Virtual Lab has unique capabilities in the development of state-of-the-art IT and data management infrastructure for materials data, such as those generated from high-throughput computations.
Shyue Ping Ong



Andrea Tao
Colloidal synthesis, low dimensional materials for energy storage, plasmonic nanoparticles for photovoltaics and photocatalysis
Professor Tao and her group are creating novel low-dimensional materials for photocatalysis, photovoltaics, and energy storage. They have developed the capability to engineer metal and metal chalcogenide nanocrystals, and are exploring new methods for the chemical synthesis and self-assembly of solid-state nanostructured materials.
Andrea Tao



Joseph Wang
Wearable energy harvesting devices, porous electrodes and electrocatalysis
Professor Wang is a leading expert in electrochemistry, biofuel cells, advanced materials and wearable devices, bring extensive experiences in these areas.
Joseph Wang



Sheng Xu
Soft electronics, nano-electronics, and materials for energy
Professor Xu’s research interests focus on understanding the electrical, mechanical, and other characteristic behaviors of functional inorganic materials when they are geometrically engineered into a soft format, and exploring these materials as building blocks for soft electronics, nano-electronics, and energy harvesting/storage devices.
Sheng Xu



Kesong Yang
High-throughput computational design and property optimization of functional materials
Professor Yang and his group’s goal is to develop a fundamental understanding of the structure-property relationship of the hybrid perovskite-based materials and to identify underlying design principles for the further property optimization, performance enhancement and accelerating the design of more efficient hybrid photovoltaic materials.
Kesong Yang

Physics

Oleg Shpyrko
Advanced X-ray Microscopy of Ionic, Magnetic and Electronic materials
Professor Shpyrko and his group is developing and using novel x-ray imaging techniques that are applied to a variety of materials systems. Professor Shpyrko and his group are especially excited to expand these microscopy approaches to operando imaging of working devices for energy applications.
Oleg Shpyrko

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Michael Sailor
Silicon nanotechnology, surface chemistry and coatings, silicon-lithium anodes, photonic crystals
Professor Sailor is a field leader on nanomaterials synthesis, and the study of their fundamental chemistry, photochemistry, electrochemistry, optical physics, and biomaterials properties. In particular, Professor Sailor specializes in porous silicon and their application, and has worked on creating high performance porous silicon based lithium-ion batteries as efficient secondary anodes.
Michael Sailor

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Eric Fullerton
Ultra-low-energy memory, processing elements and architectures to dramatically lower the energy consumption of information technologies
Professor Fullerton's expertise is in thin-film magnetic and nano-materials. He is an internationally acclaimed scholar in areas such as thin film and superlattice growth, magnetic recording and nano-technologies, and x-ray and neutron scattering.
Eric Fullerton



Tse Nga Tina Ng
Solution processing and printing methods, flexible electronic devices
Professor Ng's group focuses on scalable solution processing and printing methods to advance flexible electronics. Our research interests include energy generation and storage devices, to meet the powering requirements of flexible systems.
Tina Ng

Computer Science and Engineering

Tajana Šimunić Rosing
Embedded system design, resource management at the system level, hardware management and embedded software optimization, power management algorithms
Professor Rosing is currently heading the effort focused on SmartCities as a part of DARPA and industry funded TerraSwarm center. As a part of this effort she has focused on modeling and control of distributed energy resources, including batteries, while leveraging human and machine context. During 2009-2012 she led the energy efficient datacenters theme as a part of the MuSyCcenter.
Tajana Šimunić Rosing

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Renkun Chen
Materials and devices for thermal energy transport and conversion
Professor Chen’s research focuses on thermal energy transport, conversion, and management across different length scales. Professor Chen’s interest includes developing materials and devices for thermoelectric and solar-thermal energy conversion as well as thermal management.
Renkun Chen

Structural Engineering

Yu Qiao
Low-grade heat, energy harvesting, green cement, energy efficiency, thermal runaway in batteries
Professor Qiao designed “thermal-runaway-free” lithium ion battery cells and modules; invented lean-organic compacted hybrid (LOCH), a green construction material that is cheaper than portland cement and stronger than steel reinforced concrete; and developed thermally chargeable supercapacitors (TCS), a novel system that converts low-grade heat to electricity with a high efficiency.
Yu Qiao

Economics

Graham Elliott
Market specific algorithms to construct realistic estimates of the direct economic value of the energy storage device
Professor Elliott is building algorithms for optimally operating storage devices in market connected grids. The algorithms are used for valuation of batteries with differing chemistries and applications.
Graham Elliott



Richard Carson
Forecasting greenhouse gas emissions; role of economic incentives, regulation and technical change on energy systems; valuation of non market impacts.
Professor Carson works on forecasting greenhouse gas emissions and how incentive structures facing firms and utilities interact with regulatory regimes in the short run and in the long run with technological innovation possible from R&D investments. He also estimates the economic value of reducing negative externalities such as air pollution, oil spills and power outages associated with energy systems.
Richard Carson

UC San Diego Microgrid

Byron Washom
Energy storage, self-sustaining microgrid, solar energy business
Byron Washom is the Director of Strategic Energy Initiatives at UC San Diego charged to bring quantum RD&D innovations/partnerships to campus in generation, storage and efficiency.
Byron Washom

Graduate Student Representative

Shen Wang
Shen is a graduate student in Prof. Meng’s group and managing the SPEC website as a student representative. Shen collects diverse content to post on the website and coordinates with other liaison students of SPEC faculty members.
Shen Wang

Faculty Assistant

Unjong Lee
Unjong is Prof. Meng’s assistant as well as a staff manager of SPEC. She works with Shen and the Jacobs School of Engineering support team to manage the website and arrange annual events. If you need to contact Prof. Meng or have SPEC related issues, email Unjong anytime and she will respond to you in a timely manner.
Unjong Lee

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