• Research

    With sufficient control of the hierarchical structure of multilength-scale materials, Dr. Ban’s research focuses on exploring chemical and physical properties of materials, manipulating the interface for energy technologies.

    Her current research interests include:
    Interfacial science and engineering for functional materials used in energy conversion and storage systems;
    Mechanical-electrochemical coupling at electrode-electrolyte interface for a variety of electrochemical systems;
    Design of new materials systems for lithium ion and multivalent ion diffusion in solid lattices for future multivalent energy storage systems;
    Multi-modal and in situ measurements to exploit the complex functionality and process for a more thorough understanding of the mechanisms underlying the electrochemical behaviors.

  • Publications

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  • Professional History

    2019–Present, Associate Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
    2017-2019, Senior Scientist (V), Principle Investigator, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado; Joint appointment, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2018-2019.

    2014-2017, Senior Scientist (IV), Principle Investigator, NREL, Colorado
    2011-2014, Scientist (III), Principle Investigator, NREL, Colorado
    2008-2011, Post-doctoral Fellow, NREL, Colorado
    2004-2004, Chemical Process Researcher, Grace Semiconductor, Shanghai, China
  • Awards and Honors

    2018 – President’s Award on research of operando X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    2016 – Innovation and Technology Transfer Award, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    2014 – Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Mid-Continent Regional Award
    2014 – Innovation and Technology Transfer Award, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

    Journal reports
    2017 – present, Editor and Board member of the Institute of energy technology (IET)
    2016 – present, Editorial Advisory Board Member for Sustainable Energy & Fuels
    2018 – General Chair of Beyond Li-ion Conference XI, Cleveland, OH
    2013 – General Chair of Beyond Li-ion Conference VI, Boulder, CO


Ph.D., Chemistry, State University of New York, Binghamton, 2008
MS, Electrochemistry, Tianjin University, China, 2003
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University, China, 2000

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Chunmei Ban

Associate Professor