The Koenig Research Group investigates the design of new materials and material chemistries. This research involves the synthesis, characterization, and evaluation of materials properties using a variety of techniques. The primary area of application that we focus on is rechargeable battery electrode materials.

We are interested in the tailored synthesis of new materials at multiple length scales. At the molecular scale, the physical properties of materials are largely dependent on the stoichiometry and stable structures that can be formed. In addition, nano-scale topographies and geometries can dramatically influence material performance. We investigate hierarchical approaches to simultaneously design materials at the molecular, nanometer, and micrometer length scales. In applications such as lithium-ion battery electrodes, the active materials must be assembled as particles within a composite matrix. We are investigating general strategies to control the interactions between particles to form ordered assemblies.

Scanning Electron Micrograph of Battery Active Electrode Particles

Our current areas of focus in our lab are 1) the synthesis of particles of controlled size, shape, and composition for use in structured particle assemblies, 2) flowing electrochemical systems with solid electroactive materials including flow batteries, and 3) characterizing and understanding electrode microstructure in particular for thick battery electrodes.

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UVA Engineering Highlight of Neutron Experiments
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UVA LVG Annual Report (article on p. 16-17)
Article in UVa Today
SEAS Highlights
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We thank organizations for their support of our research!

National Science Foundation
4-VA Research Grants Program
Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund

National Science Foundation
Air Force Research Laboratory
Dominion Higher Educational Partnership
Virginia Space Grant Consortium
OMEGA Energy Systems, LLC