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(6fm) Interfacial Materials for Electrochemical and Biomedical Devices


Zhao, J. - Presenter, Northwestern University
Cui, Y., Stanford University
Rogers, J. A., Northwestern University
Research Interests:

Interfaces play a key role in many areas including electronics, energy conversion and storage, and medical technology. This poster will first introduce the development of interfacial materials for electrochemical devices such as batteries. The significant increase in energy density of batteries must be achieved by exploring new materials and cell configurations. Lithium metal and lithiated silicon are two promising high-capacity Li-containing anodes. Unfortunately, both these anodes suffer from serious environmental corrosion during electrode preparation and battery cycling processes. The interfacial materials with precise atomic compositions and tailored microstructures realize Li-containing anodes with both environmental and electrochemical stability. The interfacial engineering approaches bring huge benefit to both the existing Li-ion batteries and next-generation Li-S batteries. In the second part, this poster will show the design of interfacial materials for transient electronics. Aside from environmental benefits, transient electronics find tremendous applications as bioresorbable implantable medical devices that obviate the need for extraction surgeries. The key challenge of bioresorbable medical devices is to develop stable interfacial materials that can provide high-performance operation yet are completely dissolvable in biofluids and are fully biocompatible. By synthesizing barrier materials with optimized physical and mechanical properties, we developed biodegradable and wireless electronics with necessary operating times for therapeutic purposes, specifically as electrical stimulators to accelerate tissue regeneration.

Teaching Interests:

Besides developing new science and technology, I am also excited about a career of teaching and mentoring. My education and research background makes me able to teach broad subjects in materials science, chemical engineering, electronics, and bioengineering. At Stanford, I was a teaching assistant for the graduate class “Materials Chemistry”. During my Ph.D. and postdoc period, I have mentored two junior graduates and three undergraduates in developing research skills and knowledge, including Asian, Hispanic and Arabic students, and some of them are Ph.D. students in top universities now.