We are excited to welcome Dr. Lei Zhao to join our lab! Dr. Zhao obtained his PhD in the Mechanical Engineering department at Virginia Tech in 2019, and his Bachelor's Degree in Power, Energy Systems and Automation from Xi'an Jiaotong University in 2014.
Understanding how temperature hotspots affect battery operations is crucial for battery safety. We used a micro-Raman spectroscopy as a thermometer to probe local temperatures of lithium-metal batteries and observed a temperature-triggered failure mechanism. This work is published in Nature Communications and highlighted in SLAC news.
Extreme fast charging of batteries is a critical enabler for mass market adoption of electric vehicles. In a new review published on Nature Energy, we discuss materials and thermal requirements and opportunities for fast charging of batteries.
Yangying will start as an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering department of UCSB in 2019 Fall! She will develop an interdisciplinary research program that intersects the fields of thermo-fluid engineering and materials science for more efficient thermal management and sustainable energy solutions. Interested students and postdocs are welcome to contact her at