With sufficient control of the hierarchical structure of multilength-scale materials, Dr. Ban’s research focuses on exploring chemical and physical properties of materials, manipulating the interface for energy storage technologies. Her current research interests include: Interfacial science and engineering for functional materials used in energy conversion and storage systems; Atomic and molecular layer deposition for electrochemical 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; 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-ion batteries, 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
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.