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Chemistry Departmental Seminar – Prof. Tao Li, Northern Illinois University

Fulmer Hall
Fulmer 201
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About the event

Speaker:       Prof. Tao Li

                           Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry

                    Northern Illinois University

                    Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory

Title:              Illuminating Energy Materials with X-ray Scattering 

Abstract:      The urgent need for novel energy technologies has been promoting the advancement of materials and chemical processes. In order to efficiently store energy or enable novel energy production from traditional fuels, new materials and processes with excellent functionality and behavior are required. Energy materials such as batteries and catalysts play an essential role in this process. In this talk, I will discuss recent discoveries about catalysts and battery materials in my group. My talk will be divided into parts. The first part will show the new discovery of battery electrolytes. In the second part, I will discuss the development of nano-porous catalysts with enhanced stability. The ex-situ and in-situ characterization techniques of synchrotron radiation plays a vital role in understanding these energy materials. 


Dr. Li got his Ph.D. degree from the University of South Carolina in 2009. Then he joined APS as a postdoc till 2013 for a promotion to an assistant scientist. In 2018, he joined the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department of Northern Illinois University as an assistant professor and held the joint position at APS. Since then, he has been awarded more than $2,000,000 in funding, including four NSF and several DOE, and published more than 150 papers. He is currently associate professor at NIU and scientist at ANL. He recently is awarded as ACS Emerging Research Award in 2022.