Materials for energy conversion and storage increasingly rely on the 3-D characteristics of its microstructure and chemistry at the nanoscale. This presentation will discuss the use of a synchrotron hard x-ray nanoprobe to measure the 3-D microstructural network, topology and elemental distribution in energy storage and conversion materials with high chemical sensitivity. Challenges and opportunities for future work will then be discussed. The goal of this research will be to obtain a scientific and engineering understanding into how microstructure-induced transport mechanisms govern performance.
Speaker: Wilson K. S. Chiu, University of Connecticut
Wilson K. S. Chiu earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University in 1997 and 1999, respectively. His research was supported by the U.S. Army Research Office, Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, and industry. He published 9 book chapters/special volumes, 128 journal articles and 206 conference articles/abstracts. Among his honors, Chiu was elected Fellow of The Electrochemical Society (ECS), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers (ASTFE). He is an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, and awarded the United Technologies Corporation Professorship in Engineering Innovation. He received the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator (YIP) Award, Army Research Office Young Investigator (YIP) Award, and the NSF CAREER Award. Chiu served as the Editor-in-Chief of the ASME Journal of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage, Editor-in-Chief of Computational Thermal Sciences, and served as an associate editor for the International Journal of Thermal Sciences and ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, and on the editorial board of Scientific Reports, Batteries, and several other journals.