The Balsara Lab Staff Graduate Student Researchers. Click on each profile for an in-depth research description and publication list.


Alec Ho
B.S. Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology
Office: D52 Tan Hall, UC Berkeley
Phone: (510) 643-5037
Email: alec.ho[at]berkeley.edu
Project: Investigating lithium plating and lithation heterogeneities in lithium-ion batteries during fast charging

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Selected Publications
(7) Hoffman, Z., Ho, A.S., Chakraborty, S., and Balsara, N.P. Limiting Current Density in Single-Ion-Conducting and Conventional Block Copolymer Electrolytes. Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 169(4) (2022). https://doi.org/10.1149/1945-7111/ac613b

(6) Ho, A.S.*, Westover, A.S.*, Browning,K., Maslyn, J.A., Parkinson, D.Y., Sahore, R., Dudney, N., and Balsara, N.P. Comparing the Purity of Rolled versus Evaporated Lithium Metal Films Using X-ray Microtomography. ACS Energy Letters, 7(3), 1120–1124 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1021/acsenergylett.2c00255

(5) Chakraborty, S., Sethi, G.K., Frenck, L., Ho, A.S., Villaluenga, I., Wantanabe, H., and Balsara, N.P. Effect of Yield Stress on Stability of Block Copolymer Electrolytes against Lithium Metal Electrodes. ACS Applied Energy Materials, 5(1), 852–861 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1021/acsaem.1c03288

(4) Ho, A.S., Parkinson, D.Y., Finegan, D.P., Trask, S.E., Jansen, A.N., Tong, W. and Balsara, N.P. 3D Detection of Lithiation and Lithium Plating in Graphite Anodes during Fast Charging. ACS Nano 10480-10487 (2021). doi:10.1021/acsnano.1c02942

(3) Maslyn, J.A., Frenck, L., Veeraraghavan, V.D., Müller, A., Ho, A.S., Marwaha, N., Loo, W.S., Parkinson, D.Y., Minor, A.M. and Balsara, N.P. Limiting Current in Nanostructured Block Copolymer Electrolytes. ACS Macromolecules 4010-4022 (2021). doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.1c00425

(2) Frenck, L., Veeraraghavan, V.D., Maslyn, J.A., Müller, A., Ho, A.S., Loo, W.S., Minor, A.M. and Balsara, N.P. Effect of salt concentration profiles on protrusion growth in lithium-polymer‑lithium cells. Solid State Ionics 115517 (2020). doi.org/10.1016/j.ssi.2020.115517

(1) Ho, A.S., Barai, P., Maslyn, J.A., Frenck, L., Loo, W.S., Parkinson, D.Y., Srinivasan, V. and Balsara, N.P. Uncovering the Relationship between Diameter and Height of Electrodeposited Lithium Protrusions in a Rigid Electrolyte. ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 9645-9655 (2020). doi:10.1021/acsaem.01175

(* indicates equal contributions)

Zach Hoffman
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Office: D52 Tan Hall, UC Berkeley
Phone: (510) 643-5037
Email: zach.hoffman[at]berkeley.edu
Project: Electrochemical characterization of single-ion-conducting polymer electrolytes

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Neel Shah
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University,
Office: D52 Tan Hall, UC Berkeley
Phone: (510) 643-5037
Email: neshah[at]berkeley.edu
Project: Investigation of the Thermodynamics of Miscible Polymer Systems

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Darby Hickson
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University,
Office: D52 Tan Hall, UC Berkeley
Phone: (510) 643-5037
Email: darbyhickson[at]berkeley.edu
Project: Ionic Conduction at Low Temperature in Lithium Ion Battery Electrolytes
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Morgan Seidler
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame,
Office: D52 Tan Hall, UC Berkeley
Phone: (510) 643-5037
Email: morgan_seidler[at]berkeley.edu
Project: Cryogenic electron microscopy to probe the atomic structure of soft matter

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Karim Aruta
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
Office: D52 Tan Hall, UC Berkeley
Phone: (510) 643-5037
Email: aruta[at]berkeley.edu
Project: Local structure and ion transport in polymer electrolytes using electrophoretic NMR

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Vivaan Patel
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Office: D52 Tan Hall, UC Berkeley
Phone: (510) 643-5037
Email: vivaan.patel[at]berkeley.edu
Project: Nanostructured Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Materials for Rechargeable Batteries

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Emily Abdo
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Princeton University
Office: D52 Tan Hall, UC Berkeley
Phone: (510) 643-5037
Email: eabdo[at]berkeley.edu
Project: Current-induced phase transformations of block copolymers in solid electrolytes

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Michael Bowen
B.S. Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University
Office: D52 Tan Hall, UC Berkeley
Phone: (510) 643-5037
Email: michael_bowen[at]berkeley.edu
Project: Detection of Lithium Plating during Fast Charging

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Lily Gido
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Office: D52 Tan Hall, UC Berkeley
Phone: (510) 643-5037
Email: lilygido[at]berkeley.edu
Project: Design, synthesis and characterization of polymer electrolytes for lithium batteries

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