research interests

We focus on establishing new understanding of fundamental relationships between atomic structure, composition, and properties, especially for inorganic materials for energy storage and electronic applications. Of particular interest are unconventional battery materials with compositions, structural features—or both—that vary significantly from commercial electrode materials, for which there is not yet a strong understanding of ion and electron transport. 

Our work spans the solid state chemistry and battery communities, with an emphasis synthesis, battery testing, and especially atomic structure characterization. The group is also growing to bridge additional communities in which atomic structure understanding is critical to functionality, e.g. magnetic and electronic materials for memory storage and computing applications.


the lab

After many months and shipping delays, the lab is functional for making materials as well as assembling and testing batteries! Many thanks to all of the group members who contributed to getting us here. Also, much appreciation to facilities for their on-going support and to the college and department for startup support to enable our research.

The Lab Is functional for making materials, assembling batteries, and testing their cycling! From December 2021.
The Lab at the beginning of renovations in January 2020.

for more updates, check out the group Twitter @ButalaLab