• Richard M Laine
    Acting Director
    Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Macromolecular Science and Engineering Center University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2136

    The Laine group has, over the past 10 years, focused on the development of synthetic routes to metalloorganic compounds that can be used to produce mixed-metal oxide na-nopowders. These nanopowders in turn have served as the starting point for processing a wide variety of ceramic thin films with emphasis on solid state lithium, sodium and magne-sium ion electrolytes. More recent emphasis has been on developing cathode materials as well.  
    A current emphasis in the group is the development of metalloorganic precursors that can be used as adhesives to bond thin film electrolytes to anode and cathode materials.  These precursors, on heating, transform to glassy ion (Li+, Na+ and Mg2+) conducting inter-faces that both serve to mate individual components as efforts now focus on assembling all solid state batteries.

    Recent publications:
    E. Yi, J. Furgal, J. Azurdia, R. M. Laine,” Roll Your Own – Nano-Nanocomposite Capacitors,” J. Chem. Mater. A. 2014, 2 3766-3775.
    E. Yi, W. Wang, S. Mohanty, J. Kieffer, R. Tamaki, R. M. Laine, “Materials that can replace liquid electrolytes in Li batteries: Superionic conductivities in Li1.7Al0.3Ti1.7Si0.4P2.6O12. Processing combustion synthesized nanopowders to free standing thin films,“ J. Power Sources 2014, 269 577-588.
    E. Yi, W. Wang, J. Kieffer, R. M. Laine, “Dense Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZO) lithium conducting garnet thin films,” J. Mater. Chem. A, 2016, 4, 12947-12954.
    W. Wang, E. Yi, A. Fici, R. M. Laine, J. Kieffer, “Li+ Conducting PEO-Based Solid Electrolytes Containing Active Or Passive Ceramic Nanoparticles,” J. Phys. Chem. C, 2017, 121, 2563–2573.
    E. Yi, W. Wang, J. Kieffer, R. M. Laine, “Key parameters governing the densification of cu-bic-Li7¬La3Zr2O12 Li+ conductors,” J. Power Sources 2017, 352 156-164.
    B. Liang, S. Liu, E. Yi, R. M. Laine, “Processing LF-FSP Mg0.5Ce0.2Zr1.8(PO4)3 nanopowders to free standing pellets and thin films as electrolytes in all-solid-state Mg batteries,” Electrochemica Acta 2018, 272 144-153.
    E. Yi, E. Temeche, R. M. Laine, “Superionically Conducting β’’-Al2O3 Thin Films Processed Using Flame Synthesized Nanopowders,” J. Mater. Chem. A. 2018, 6, 12411-12419. 
    Eleni Temeche, Eongyu Yi, Vazrik Keshishian, John Kieffer, Richard M. Laine, “Liquid-feed flame spray pyrolysis derived nanopowders (NPs) as a route to electrically conducting calcium aluminate (12CaO.7Al2O3) films,” J. Europ. Ceram. Soc. 2019, 39, 1263–1270



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  • Chengbin Ma

    Chengbin Ma received the B.S. degree in industrial automation from East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China, in 1997, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 2001 and 2004, respectively. From 2004 to 2006, he was an R&D Researcher with the Servo Motor Laboratory, FANUC Limited, Japan. Between 2006 and 2008, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, University of California, Davis, USA. He joined the University of Michigan–Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (UM-SJTU Joint Institute), Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, in 2008, and currently an Associate Professor of electrical and computer engineering. His research interests include energy management, megahertz wireless power transfer, dynamics and motion control, and wide applications in electronic devices, electric vehicles, microgrids, smart grids, etc. 

    Dr. Ma is an IEEE senior member. He serves as Delegate of Energy Cluster, Chair of Energy Storage Technical Committee and Chair of Shanghai Chapter, IEEE Industrial Electronics Society. He is an Associated Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics. He and his supervised students won many teaching and research awards at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, such as Koguan Top Ten Best Teacher Award in 2017 and Koguan Top Ten Research Group Award in 2014. He also received Research Excellence Award from AirFuel Alliance, USA, in 2019.


    lab: http://umji.sjtu.edu.cn/lab/dsc/

  • Shou-Hang Bo
    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Shou-Hang Bo received his B. S. degree in Chemistry from Fudan University; and Ph. D. degree in Chemistry from Stony Brook University, under the supervision of Prof. Clare Grey and Prof. Peter Khalifah. Since 2014, Dr. Bo had been a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Gerbrand Ceder's group, at Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Bo joined University of Michigan ─ Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute in 2017 as a tenure-track assistant professor. His recent research interests include (1) material- and system-level studies of solid-state materials for energy storage devices; and (2) real-time spectroscopic and scattering studies of materials synthesis.