News

2021

11/2021: Congrats to Ting & Lawrence on publication of a new paper on how crystal symmetry relates to hydration-induced expansion & implications for durable electrochemical devices!
11/2021: NP presented a virtual MSE Graduate Seminar at Rutgers – thanks to the organizers for the invitation!
11/2021: New paper with the Ertekin group is published on the cluster expansion method applied to short-range ordering in a multiple-sublattice oxide
10/2021: Congratulations to Lawrence & Adrian on publication of a new paper on anomalously low coefficients of chemical expansion in Pr perovskites and design principles for zero-strain materials!
10/2021: Congratulations to Steven upon passing the prelim exam!
10/2021: Congratulations to Haley & co-authors on publication of a new paper correlating multi-scale, evolving structural, chemical, and electrical properties during crystallization of a mixed conducting perovskite!
9/2021: Welcome to En Ju who is joining the group as a PhD student!
8/2021: Congrats to Steven and co-authors on publication of our paper on new perovskite Na-ion conductors.
8/2021: Welcome to Katrina who is joining the group as an undergraduate researcher!
8/2021: Welcome to Dr. Jongmin Lee who is joining the group as a post-doctoral researcher!
7/2021: We’re excited to begin work on a newly funded international NSF-DFG project on relating defect chemistry, electronic structure, and evolving surfaces in electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution in acidic conditions! Collaborators are Hong Yang (PI, UIUC) and Andreas Klein (TU Darmstadt, Germany). More info here.
5/2021: NP co-organized the Solid State Ionics symposium of European MRS conference – thanks also to co-organizers Albert Tarancon, Nini Pryds, and Ainara Aguadero.
5/2021: Our new paper including contributions from Micah, Kai, and Yiwen on dislocation-mediated conductivity in oxides was published: link
5/2021: Haley and Lawrence are giving their first virtual presentations on their research at the Electrochemical Society Spring Meeting.
5/2021: Congrats to current and former group members Yiwen (MS/BS 3+2), Sankhya (BS), and Jo (BS) on their graduations and admissions to exciting graduate programs around the country!
4/2021: NP was bestowed a “Professor Pig” from the undergraduate students of MatSE in a nice virtual ceremony. The award is given for teaching excellence and/or particular care shown for students.
1/2021: Emily delivered a virtual presentation on her XAS studies of crystallization at the American Ceramic Society Electronic Materials & Applications conference (online).
1/2021: Welcome to Kai who is joining the group as a PhD student!

2020

12/2020: Congrats to Emily for passing her prelim exam!
12/2020: NP delivered a (virtual) colloquium talk at Stony Brook University’s Materials Science & Chemical Engineering Department. Thanks for the invitation!
11/2020: NP gave a (virtual) invited talk on “Hydrogen’s Role in 21st Century Technologies” at the inaugural Midwest Hydrogen Partnership workshop.
11/2020: Congrats to Steven & Colin as their new paper on designing cation transport in battery solid electrolytes, in collaboration with the Krogstad and Ertekin groups, is now published! See publications here.
9/2020: We’re excited to begin work on a new project, “Holistic Design for Manufacturing and Recycling of High Energy Density Li-ion Battery Cells,” with a team from Illinois (Braun, Milkovic, Wang) and Georgia Tech (Hatzell). Thanks to the NSF for this Future Manufacturing Grant! Details here.
8/2020: Welcome to Micah who is joining the group as a PhD student!
6/2020: Haley has been selected for a 3M Graduate Fellowship – congratulations!
6/2020: NP is on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for MSE 422, Spring 2020. Thanks to the students for a great (albeit unconventional) semester!
3/2020: Haley, Steven, and Lawrence have collectively passed all of their qualifying exams – congratulations!!
2/2020: The group adds new undergraduate researchers Sankhya and Joshua, as well as visiting undergraduate researcher from Kyushu University, Kotaro – welcome everyone!
1/2020: NP presented an invited talk on in situ optical studies of defect equilibria and kinetics at the Electronic Materials and Applications conference of the American Ceramic Society. Thanks to the organizers for the invitation!
1/2020: NP received a NSF CAREER Award to combine research into crystal chemical design principles for tailored chemical expansion with education and outreach! Press release here.

2019

12/2019: NP presented an invited talk highlighting materials advances for high temperature fuel/electrolysis cells at the I2NCER 10th Anniversary Symposium in Tokyo.
10/2019: NP received the J. Bruce Wagner Jr. Award from the Electrochemical Society. Thanks to the H-TEMP division for the nomination!
10/2019: The group contributed to 5 presentations at the ECS Fall Conference in Atlanta, in the area of mixed conducting oxides. Emily presented her first national conference poster and talk!
9/2019: NP presented a Materials Science & Engineering seminar at West Virginia University and visited the fuel cells group of the National Energy Technology Laboratory. Thanks to Prof. David Mebane for the invitation!
9/2019: Welcome to Colin, Yiwen, and Jo who are joining the group this fall!
8/2019: Congrats to Emily on passing her qualifying exams!
8/2019: New paper on how non-stoichiometry can be tailored through heterointerfaces, in collaboration with George Harrington, is now online! Publications list here.
7/2019: Several new papers are available online, including Haley’s review of in situ optical absorption for defect studies, Steven’s collaboration with the Shoemaker group on flash sintering, and our collaboration with the Rupp group at MIT on in situ Raman spectroscopy of a non-stoichiometric perovskite. See the “publications” tab here for more information.
7/2019: NP gave invited talks at the International Conference on Electroceramics and the International Conference on Defects in Semiconductors, and co-organized the 4th Functional Oxide Thin Films for Advanced Energy and Information Technology Conference. Thanks to everyone involved!
6/2019: Nicola Perry was elected as a councilor representing the U.S. region to the Board of the International Society for Solid State Ionics, during the SSI-22 conference in Pyeongchang, Korea.
6/2019: Nicola Perry visited several groups in Tohoku University and presented an invited talk in IMRAM. Thanks to the Amezawa group and others for hosting! This trip was followed by research discussions at Kyushu University and was supported financially by an IIE-GIRE scholarship.
5/2019: We have been exploring how grain boundaries modify the levels of ionic & electronic conductivity in perovskites. Our new paper, now online, shows an important effect of thermal and electrical history for tailoring the underlying grain boundary space charge behavior. Publications list here.
4/2019: Karen Yang was selected to receive a Russell Bolton Research Development Award, which will enable her to conduct research in the group this summer. Congrats!
4/2019: New paper describing configurations and properties of a mixed conducting solid solution through a cluster expansion framework, in collaboration with the Ertekin and Aluru groups, is now available online.
4/2019: Emily Skiba was accepted to the 21st National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering to be held in June. Congrats!
3/2019: Emily Skiba was awarded a IIE-GIRE scholarship to support a research exchange visit to Kyushu University, Japan for several months this spring. Congrats! See the press release here.
3/2019: Nicola Perry gave a Chemical Sciences & Engineering Division colloquium talk at Argonne. Thanks to Dr. Brian Ingram for the invitation and to everyone there for the great meetings!
2/2019: Yuki Abe joined the group as a visiting undergraduate student from Kyushu University. Welcome!
2/2019: Nicola Perry visited Colorado School of Mines and presented the Mechanical Engineering Department seminar. Thanks to Prof. Sandrine Ricote for the invitation and to everyone who hosted!
1/2019: New paper on “Emergence of Rapid Oxygen Surface Exchange Kinetics During In Situ Crystallization of Mixed Conducting Thin Film Oxides” is now available online!  See publications list here.
1/2019: New paper on ex situ and in situ modification of point defect concentrations to tailor optical absorption in a non-dilute oxide solid solution is available online! See publications list here.
1/2019: New paper on interplay of strain and defect association in thin film ionic conductivity is available online! See publications list here.

2018

12/2018: New paper on controlling defect chemistry and associated electrical and photoelectrochemical properties of nanostructured anodes for water splitting is available online! This work is in collaboration with the Vayssieres group at Xi’an Jiaotong University and the Tuller group at MIT. See publications list here.
12/2018: New paper on redox-induced chemical expansion in a mixed protonic-electronic conductor, Ba(Zr,Dy)O3-x, in collaboration with Sandrine Ricote at Colorado School of Mines & coworkers is available online! See publications list here.
12/2018: New paper on electronic structure of mixed conducting SrTiO3-Sr2Fe2O5 solid solution in collaboration with Ertekin group is available online! See publications list here.
12/2018: Haley Buckner participates in her first beam time at Argonne, with Emily Skiba. Thanks again to Qing Ma for hosting.
11/2018: Excellent research trip to I2CNER at Kyushu University. Thanks to George Harrington and Ting Chen for assistance with the experiments!
11/2018: Nicola Perry presents an invited talk on perovskite oxide electrodes at the Solid State Electrochemistry Workshop for Energy Storage and Conversion in Hamburg, Germany. Thanks to the organizers, Ryan O’Hayre and Thomas Carraro, for the invitation!
10/2018: The UIUC AVS chapter organizes a seminar titled “Materials Through the Ages: A Journey from our Archeological Heritage to the Cutting Edge of Technological Metals and Ceramics.” Nicola Perry presents a talk on “developing ceramics that ‘breathe’ for a carbon-neutral energy future.” Thanks to AVS for the invitation!
10/2018: Nicola Perry presents an invited talk on applying in situ optical approaches to study microstructure-surface exchange relationships in mixed conducting films at the MS&T conference in Columbus, OH. Thanks to the organizers of the International Symposium on Defects, Transport, and Related Phenomena for the invitation!
10/2018: Nicola Perry presents invited talk on chemical expansion in mixed conductors at ECS meeting in Cancun. Thanks to the organizers for the invitation and to ECS for the travel grant!
9/2018: The group adds first-year PhD students Haley Buckner, Yu-Ying (Steven) Lin, and Lawrence Anderson and undergraduate researchers Karen Yang and Kimberly Garza. Welcome everyone!
8/2018: Ting Chen successfully defends her PhD thesis in I2CNER! Congratulations Ting!
8/2018: Ting Chen receives an oral presentation award at the ASSI & ASOFC conference. Well done Ting!
7/2018: Nicola Perry receives DOE Early Career Award. Thanks to the DOE for the support! Read more here.
7/2018: Nicola Perry presents invited talk at THERMEC’2018 conference in Paris. Thanks to the organizers for the invitation.
6/2018: Dino Klotz receives a best poster prize at the EMRS spring meeting. Congratulations Dino!
5/2018: The “Mechano-Electro-Chemical Coupling in Energy Related Materials and Devices 3” Symposium is held at the Electrochemical Society Meeting in Seattle, co-organized by Nicola Perry. Thanks to all the excellent speakers and participants!
5/2018: Emily Skiba conducts first beam time at Argonne National Lab. Thanks to Qing Ma for hosting.
2/2018: Emily Skiba joins the group as a PhD student. Welcome Emily!
1/2018: Nicola Perry moves from Kyushu University to UIUC.