Home

MISSION

Creatively solve our energy-related challenges. We exploit ion solvation in electrolytes to probe and control electrochemical phenomena in batteries and electrocatalytic devices.

WHO WE ARE

We are artists masquerading as scientists and engineers. We dream, explore, and create.

 

JOIN US! We are always looking for excellent graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to work with us on solving some of the most difficult challenges in Sustainability. Reach out to Chibueze (chibueze@uchicago.edu) if interested in learning more.

Please see “PEOPLE” page to see what we are looking for in graduate students, undergrads, and postdocs.

You can follow us on Twitter!

NEWS

September 2021

Chibueze receives the 2021 ECS-Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship to support the labs work on novel polymer electrolytes for solid state lithium metal batteries! Award is sponsored by the Electrochemical Society and Toyota Research Institute. See Link1 Link2

The lab’s work was profiled as part of a Case Study by Waters Inc (parent company of TA instruments). We talk about our work on electrolyte design for lithium batteries and how novel characterization tools such as microcalorimetry are vital. See Link

August 2021

Chibueze serves as a panelist during the CDAC Summer Lab: Faculty Panel. See Link

July 2021

The 2nd paper from the group is published!! Congrats Peiyuan and Priya. We studied how the connectivity of the building blocks (ethers, fluorinated segments) affect ion solvation, ionic conductivity and electrochemical stability. Interestingly, we show an unusual behavior: the lower the fluorine content in the electrolyte, the better the oxidative stability.

June 2021

Our undergrad Benjamin Kash is a 2021 Astronaut Scholar. Congratulations!! See Link

The lab welcomes three summer undergrads: Cindy Xue, Claire Fuschi, and Oscar Pecho Rivera. Cindy’s work will be supported by a UChicago Metcalf Grant. Pecho’s work will be supported by the PME REU program.

Undergrads Chris Birch and Beamlak Lefebo and Masters student Zifeng Kang graduate! Chris will be pursuing a PhD at Carnegie Mellon, and Zifeng will be starting at Amazon!!

May 2021

Chibueze received the 3M Nontenured Faculty Award!! See Link

The first paper from the group was accepted! Priya, Jin, and Peiyuan show that multiple characterization tools are required to determine amorphous solid state electrolyte purity, and that residual Li2S content penalizes ionic conductivity and battery cycling. See Link

Our undergrads Michael and Walker received the “Deans Fund for Undergraduate Research” to support their projects in the lab.

April 2021

With beautiful Chicago weather, the group (finally!) was able to celebrate with Reggie, Priya, and Peiyuan who passed their PhD candidacy exams 2 months ago.

We said goodbye to our first postdoc Jin Zheng, who will be moving to Argonne.

We have multiple postdoc openings in the lab! One focused on data science/computational chemistry for electrolyte discovery. The second focused on developing advanced characterization tools such as calorimetry for the study of electrochemical devices (batteries, electrocatalysis). Come join us! Reach out to Chibueze if interested. Data Science Link | Characterization Link.

Chibueze gave a “Model Class” presentation to recently admitted UChicago students on energy research done at UChicago. The students were engaged and there were so many brilliant questions!

March 2021

Chibueze gave a presentation to the ICDC (Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center) on “Exploiting solvation effects for efficient electrocatalytic conversion of carbon dioxide.”

February 2021

Peiyuan, Priya, and Reggie all pass their PhD candidacy exams!!! Exciting times ahead.

Runtong Yan joins the group as an intern focused on data science tools for battery development.

January 2021

Happy New Year!!

December 2020

Our undergraduate Chris Birch is now a Liews Fellow and the fellowship will support his efforts in our lab! Congratulations.

November 2020

The lab is excited to welcome Hannah Fejzic as our newest PhD student!!

Chibueze was a co-author on a recent paper in JACS where in situ NMR was used to study (and quantify) the effect of electrolyte type and coatings on lithium metal deposition. See Link

Chibueze was an invited panelist in a ‘Virtual Academic Panel” for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars interested in pursuing academic positions. See Link. The video is here

Chibueze gave a talk at the 3M Technical Forum on “Data science accelerated design of fluorinated electrolytes for lithium batteries.” Thanks Matt Bruzek, Mike Yandrasits, and Ignatius Kadoma for setting it up.

Chibueze hosted Jodie Lutkenhaus for the PME Distinguished Colloquium Series Seminar where she discussed her work on “Redox-active Macromolecular Radicals Towards Sustainable Energy Storage.” See Link

October 2020

Chibueze organized a US-Nigeria PhD workshop to prepare high achieving Nigerian undergraduates to apply to US engineering PhD programs. See Link.

The lab receives a UChicago MRSEC Seed Grant to work on novel hybrid solid state electrolytes!

The lab welcomes two new undergraduate students: Beamlak Lefebo and Benjamin Kash

August 2020

Chibueze gave a presentation about data science and batteries at the UChicago CDAC Summer Lab series. See Link

July 2020

Jin Zheng joins the group as the first postdoctoral scholar. Her work will focus on advanced characterization tools for solid state batteries.

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…