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

David Halat
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Cambridge
B.S. Chemistry, B.S. Mathematics, Montana State University

Office: D52 Tan Hall, UC Berkeley
Phone: (510) 643-5037
Email: dmhalat@lbl.gov
Project: Local structure and ion transport in polymer electrolytes using electrophoretic NMR

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Research Description: Local structure and ion transport in polymer electrolytes using electrophoretic NMR.

Louise Frenck
Ph.D. Electrochemistry Materials Science, Université Grenoble Alpes

Office: D52 Tan Hall, UC Berkeley
Phone: (510) 643-5037
Email: louise.frenck@hotmail.fr
Project: Electrochemical characterization of polymer electrolytes and dendrite growth in lithium metal polymer batteries

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Research Description: The use of the high energy density of lithium metal anode jointly with solid polymer electrolyte could enable the development of large scale applications. Yet, dendritic lithium formation leading to short circuit limits its practical applications. Therefore, understanding the fundamentals of dendrite nucleation and growth is necessary to design robust battery systems.

Selected Publications
(7) Ho, A. S., Barai, P., Maslyn J. A., Frenck, L., Loo, W.S., Parkinson, D. Y., Srinivasan, V., Balsara, N. P., Growth of Lithium Protrusions through a Rigid Block Copolymer Electrolyte as a Function of Electrolyte Thickness In preparation

(6) Frenck, L., Maslyn, J. A., Veeraraghavan, V. V., …. Balsara, N.P., Effect of Salt Concentration Profiles on Protrusion Growth in Lithium-polymer-lithium Cells In preparation

(5) Maslyn, J. A.; McEntush, K. D.; Harry, K. J.; Frenck, L.; Loo, W. S.; Parkinson, D.; Balsara, N. P. Preferential Stripping of a Lithium Protrusion Resulting in Recovery of a Planar Electrode. Under Review

(4) Frenck, L., J. A. Maslyn, W. S. Loo, D. Y. Parkinson, Balsara, N. P. Impact of Salt Concentration on Non-uniform Lithium Electrodeposition through Rigid Block Copolymer Electrolytes ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces (2019)

(3) Frenck, L., Sethi, G. K., Maslyn, J.A., Balsara, N. P. Factors that control the formation of dendrites and other morphologies on lithium metal anodes Frontiers in Energy Research (2019)

(2) Maslyn, J. A., Frenck, L., Loo, W. S., Parkinson, D. Y., Balsara, N. P. Extended Cycling through Rigid Block Copolymer Electrolytes Enabled by Reducing Impurities in Lithium Metal Electrodes ACS Appl. Energy Mater. (2019)

(1) Gribble, D. A., Frenck, L., Shah, D. A., Maslyn, J. A., Loo, W.S., Mongcopa, K. I. S., Pesko, D. M., Balsara, N. P. Comparing Experimental Measurements of Limiting Current in Polymer Electrolytes with Theoretical Predictions J. Electrochem. Soc. (2019)


Saheli Chakraborty
Ph.D. Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science
M.S. Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science
B.S. Chemistry, Presidency College, Calcutta University

Office: D52 Tan Hall, UC Berkeley
Phone: (510) 643-5037
Email: sahelichakraborty@lbl.gov
Project: Investigation of single ion conducting block copolymer electrolytes for lithium ion batteries

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Research Description: Investigation of single ion conducting block copolymer electrolytes for lithium ion batteries

Youngwoo Choo
Ph.D. Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University
M.S. Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University
B.S. Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University

Office: B62-339, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Phone: (510) 486-6097
Email: ychoo@lbl.gov
Project: Electrochemical characterization of ether-based polymer electrolytes

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Research Description: Electrochemical characterization of ether-based polymer electrolytes

Xiaopeng Yu
Ph.D. Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University
B.S. Chemistry, Fudan University

Office: B33-122, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Phone: (607) 379-1206
Email: xiaopengyu@lbl.gov
Project: Design, synthesis and characterization of polymer electrolytes for lithium batteries

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