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LAB OPENINGS! There are opportunities for students, visitors, and postdoctoral scholars to join our lab. Please see “PEOPLE” page.


June 2020

The lab has resumed after a 3 month hiatus due to the pandemic.

Chibueze joins the scientific advisory board of the data-driven materials science startup Aionics. See Link

Chibueze joins the Community Board of the journal Materials Horizon. See Link.

Chibueze co-authors a paper published in Nature Energy focused on the molecular design of a fluorinated ether capable of supporting high energy density lithium metal batteries. See Link.

The lab welcomes UChicago computer science masters student Zifeng Kang whose work will focus on the use of data science/ML tools for the design of next generation batteries.

May 2020

PhD student Priya Mirmira participated in the Argonne Live event for middle school students. See archived recording here. Link

The lab receives a seed grant from CDAC to work on the intersection of AI and Electrochemistry. See Link

Chris Birch wins a Metcalf grant to support his summer research in the lab.

Christina Pirrotta is selected for the Stamps Scholars Program! Congratulations

Michael Han and Christina Pirrotta win Metcalf grants to support their work in the lab.

April 2020

Chibueze’s postdoctoral paper has been published in JACS! We synthesized a novel class of fluorinated ether electrolytes that show high ion conductivity with high electrochemical stability. See Link | PDF

March 2020

Chibueze obtains a joint appointment at Argonne National Lab (Chemical Sciences & Engineering Division)! This will enable the lab to forge closer ties with Argonne.

The lab donates supplies (gloves, sanitizers) to support the university’s COVID-19 efforts.

The lab temporarily closes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The lab welcomes undergraduates Walker Gillett and Michael Han.

February 2020

The lab officially opened on Feb 24th! We celebrated with some tacos.

Chibueze presented a poster at the Batteries GRC in Ventura, CA

The lab welcomes undergraduates Chris Birch and Christina Pirrotta and recent high school graduate Richard Yin

January 2020

Peiyuan Ma joins the group as the third PhD student! His work will focus on the synthesis of new electrolytes for batteries.

First paper from the group published. It’s a commentary in Joule detailing how to advance electrolyte design for batteries and electrocatalysis. I also discuss some semantics regarding ‘electrolyte engineering’ and ‘electrolyte chemistry.’ See Link. PDF

The lab officially opens!

December 2019

Chibueze was profiled by the TomKat Center fellowship that supported his postdoctoral research at Stanford! See link

Chibueze presents his research at the African Materials Research Society (MRS) meeting in Arusha, Tanzania

November 2019

Reggie Gomes Neto becomes the 2nd PhD student to join the lab!! His work will focus on electrocatalysis in low protic media.

Chibueze attends AIChE in Orlando Florida and presents in the “Electrochemistry Fundamentals” session.

Priya Mirmira becomes the 1st PhD student to join the lab!! Exciting times are ahead. Her work will focus on new electrolytes for batteries.

October 2019

Chibueze presents his postdoctoral work at CEA Saclay (just outside Paris). Thanks Magali Gauthier for the invitation! Link

Chibueze presents some of his recent work at the Technical University of Munich. Thanking Robert Morasch and the group of Hubert Gasteiger for their discussions and hospitality.

September 2019

Chibueze publishes his recent work in Advanced Energy Materials. This work shows that nonpolar alkanes modify lithium-ion solvation for lithium metal batteries.

Chibueze attends the NMR-EPR Summer School on Energy Materials at Newcastle University.  See link.

August 2019

Chibueze presents 2 papers and 1 poster in Johannesburg, South Africa as part of the US-Africa Forum on Nanotechnology. It was a great opportunity to meet with African researchers and plan future collaborations. See link.

Chibueze attends the CASTEP workshop at the University of Oxford.

July 2019

Chibueze obtains a Visiting Fellowship from Corpus Christi College at the University of Cambridge (UK) and will be spending 4 months with Professor Clare Grey utilizing solid state NMR to study polymer electrolytes.

June 2019

Chibueze visits Ethiopia and participates in a workshop to teach Ethiopian students about graduate STEM research opportunities. See news story.

April 2019

UChicago offer accepted! The Amanchukwu Lab now exists on paper and will open in January 2020…