Global solutions for electrical energy storage and energy conversion issues rely on materials designed to be durable electrodes and active catalysts. Issues of electrode stability, chemical reversibility, and catalyst poisoning will remain a challenge. Design solutions stem from studying dynamic surface and interfacial chemistry and structure in these materials using operando local structural probes.

The Doan-Nguyen Group’s research combines smart design, solution-phase and solid-state synthesis, and novel local structure probes of materials to understand how structural changes at the atomic scale propagate to functional performance. Functional properties of these materials are often not well understood from a structural perspective. Structure-property relations of materials span multiple length scales, requiring a repertoire of emerging techniques to probe the local and long-range chemical and structural environments.