Electrolyte for Silicon Electrodes

  • Postdoc
  • USA
  • February 15, 2019

Berkeley Lab


Berkeley Lab’s Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Scholar to conduct research in the field of organic synthesis and polymer chemistry/materials.  In this role, you will focus on organic electrolyte and additive synthesis and characterization, Si material and interface engineering, and electrochemical testing of the organics in the battery system.

What You Will Do:

Design and synthesize of functional organics possess the required properties to be used for electrolyte additive for lithium-ion batteries.
Design and synthesize functional polymers that possess the required properties to be used for binder adhesive of Si based lithium-ion batteries.
Modify the surface of Si and Sn particles and graft organic functionalities on the Si and Sn particles.
Use modern characterization techniques including NMR, GPC, DTA, DSC, x-ray, FTIR, SEM, and TEM to characterize the new materials.
Use cryo-microtome and electron microscopy techniques to investigate the morphology of the nanoparticle/conductive polymer electrode composites.
Perform electrochemical tests of the materials.
Construct lithium-ion electrodes and fabricate lithium-ion ion cells.
Perform the electrochemistry testing of the lithium-ion cells.
Analyze experimental data includes applying computer analysis and simulation programs to interpret experimental data.
Collaborate in the development of research proposals and new scientific initiatives.
Prepare manuscripts, reports and presentations regarding the research finding.
Carry out collaborative research and discuss the progression and findings with research associates, postdoctoral scholars, visiting scientists, and students.
Follow all the safety requirements to maintain the synthesis laboratory.

What is Required:

A recent Ph.D. in organic synthesis and polymer chemistry with a strong emphasis on synthetic chemistry and material characterization.
The ability to carry out air sensitive material synthesis using Schlenk techniques, with demonstrated success on conductive polymer design and synthesis.
Must have proven expertise on organic synthesis, NMR, spectroscopic and electron microscopic characterization.
Experience on electrochemistry and lithium-ion battery materials and cell testing, and experience on Si or Sn based materials preferred.
Experience in surface reaction and grafting on particles preferred.
The ability to work as an independent researcher with a high level of scientific judgment and initiative.
Demonstrated ability to participate in collaborative efforts as a member of a diverse research team.
Strong oral and written communication skills.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on February 15, 2019.


This is a full time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 1 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.  You must have less than 4 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

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