Jeffrey Sakamoto is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining UM, he was a faculty at Michigan State University for six years. Prior to that, he was a Senior Engineer at the California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 7 years. He earned his Ph. D. (2001) in Materials Science and Engineering from UCLA. As a mechanical engineer and materials scientist with an interest in synthesis, processing, and functionalization of advanced and state-of-the-art battery materials, his research is highly interdisciplinary guided by the fields of energy storage/conversion and transportation.
Awards and Honors
- Kavli Fellow.
- National Academy of Sciences, Organizing Committee, Frontiers of Science, Indonesia (2014).
- National Academy of Engineering, Symposium Organizer, Irvine, CA (2014).
- National Academy of Sciences, Invited Speaker, Frontiers of Science, Agra India (2013). http://vimeo.com/63939092
- Michigan State University, Teacher-Scholar University-Level Award (2013).
- National Academy of Engineering, Invited speaker, Frontiers of Engineering, Warren, MI (2012).
- National Academy of Engineering, paper titled, “Keeping up with the Demands for Electrochemical Energy Storage”, National Academy of Engineering The Bridge (2012).
- National Academy of Sciences, US Delegate, Kavli Frontiers of Science, Bogor, Indonesia (2011).
- Withrow Distinguished Teaching Award (2008-2009).
- NASA Inventions and Contributions Board, Major Space Act Award for intellectual property: “Development of Novel Materials and Materials Processing Enabling A New Class of Thermoelectric Generators” (2006).
- JPL, Solar System Exploration Programs Directorate Bonus Award (2004).
- United States Army, Commissioned Officer, Distinguished Military Graduate (1996).
Dr. Tom Vaid
Tom is studying the solid electrolyte NaSICON for use in redox flow batteries and other applications.
Kiwoong’s work focuses on understanding mechano-electrochemical behaviors of in situ formed Li-metal anodes.
Alex’s work is focused on the grain boundary, heteroionic, and cathodic interphases and interfaces of solid-state electrolytes for next-generation electric vehicle batteries.
Catherine studies the mechano-electrochemical behavior of in situ formed Li anodes in “Li metal-free” cells with LLZO solid-state electrolyte.
Max studies the interface and chemical/electrochemical interaction between LLZO and sulfur cathodes. He investigates various acid treatments of LLZO and its effects for sulfur chemistry in glyme and highly solvating electrolytes.
Flora works on NaSICON for energy storage.
Wonjoon studies mechanical and interfacial properties of novel high-formability solid-state catholyte for Li-metal batteries.
My research focuses on the grain size and mechanical properties of NASICON.
- Wonjoon Suk, High formability solid-state electrolytes for solid-state batteries. Student Current Position: PhD pre-candidate
- Flora Tseng, NaSICON thin film electrolytes for long duration energy storage. Student Current Position: PhD candidate
- Catherine Haslam, Operando electrical and mechanical analysis of solid-state batteries. Student Current Position: PhD candidate
- Max Palmer, Hybrid Li-S Batteries. Student Current Position: PhD candidate
- Kiwoong Lee, Mechano-electrochemical phenomena at the Li metal/solid electrolyte interface. Student Current Position: PhD candidate
- Alexandra Moy, Solid-state ionic analysis of single and bi-crystal solid electrolytes. Student Current Position: PhD candidate
- Joey Valle, Ceramic Electrolytes for Grid Storage. Student Current: Postdoc Purdue University.
- Alvaro Giovanni Masias, Mechano-electrochemical phenomena of the solid-state battery interfaces, United States of America.
- Student Current Position: Manager Solid-state Battery Research , Place of Employment: Ford, Dearborn, MI, United States of America
- Michael Joseph Wang, Coupled Electro Chemo-Mechanical Phenomena at the Anode/Electrolyte Interface in Solid-State Batteries. Student Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Place of Employment: MIT, Cambridge, MA, United States of America
- Arushi Gupta, Analyzing the Stability and Kinetics of Ceramic Electrolyte/Organic Electrolyte Interfaces for Li Metal Batteries. Student Current Position: Battery Engineer, Place of Employment: Tesla, Palo Alto, CA, United States of America
- Maria Regina Garcia Mendez, Correlating Structural and Interfacial Effects of Ceramic Solid Electrolytes with Cycling Stability of Li metal in Solid-State Batteries.
- Student Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Place of Employment: Cornell, Ithaca, NY, United States of America
- Asma Sharafi, Microstructural and Interface Engineering of Garnet-Type Fast Ion-Conductor for Use in Solid-State Batteries. Student Current Position: Battery Engineer , Place of Employment: Rivian, CA, United States of America
- Dena Shahriari, Degradable Microchannel Nerve Guidance Scaffolds for Central and Peripheral Nerve Repair – From Soft to Rigid. Student Current Position: Tenure Track Assistant Professor , Place of Employment: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
- Yungsung Kim, Enabling Higher Energy Density and Power Density Lithium Ion Batteries Through Electrode Design and Solid-State Electrolytes. Student Current Position: Battery Engineer , Place of Employment: Hyundai Motors, Seoul, Korea, South
- Travis Thompson, Nanocomposite oxide thermoelectric materials for waste heat recovery.
- Student Current Position: Solid-state Battery Program Manager , Place of Employment: Umicore, Brussels, Belgium
- Daniel Lynam, Multifunctional hydrogel scaffolds for spinal cord repair.
- Student Current Position: Biomaterials Engineer , Place of Employment: Cook Biomedical, Bloomington, IN, United States of America
- Ryan Maloney, High surface area aerogels for energy storage and efficiency.
- Student Current Position: Battery Engineer , Place of Employment: Apple, Cupertino, CA, United States of America
- Ezhiylmurugan Rangasamy, Fast ion conducting ceramic electrolyte based on Li7La3Zr2Ogarnet. Student Current Position: Battery Engineer , Place of Employment: Applied Materials, Sunnyvale, CA, United States of America
Research Personnel Supervised
- Research Faculty, Dr. Travis Thompson, Solid electrolytes for solid-state batteries, 01/2015 – 08/2016
Visiting Research Scientists
- Professor Ryoji Inada, Toyohashi University of Technology, 04/2019 – 0/5/20192.
- Dr. Youngsam Kim, High temperature ceramics for automotive thermoelectric generator technology, 03/2013 – 02/2015
- Dr. Kendell Pawelec, Bioengineered scaffolds for nerve repair, 04/2016 – 2018 Current Position: Research Faculty at Michigan State University, United States of America
- Dr. Nathan Taylor, Solid-state cathode composite electrodes, 06/2015 – 2020 Current Position: COO Zakuro, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI, United States of America
- Dr. Robert Schmidt, Solid electrolytes for solid-‐state batteries, 01/2015 – 05/2017 Current Position: Battery Engineer, General Motors, Warren, MI United States of America
- Dr. Eric Cheng, High temperature ceramics for automotive thermoelectric generator technology, 01/2015 – 05/2017 Current Position: Assistant Professor, Tohoku University, Japan
- Dr. Long Zhang, Investigated the synthesis and characterization of bulk nanocomposite thermoelectric materials., 05/2010 – 12/2011 Current Position: Associate Professor of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
- Dr. Hyunjoong Kim, Developed solution based synthesis techniques for high surface area electrodes and ceramic electrolytes for energy storage, 02/2009 – 01/2011
- Makoto Kimura, 2022 – present, Correlating NaSICON grain size and thermal mismatch anisotropy
- Flora Tseng, 2020 – 2021, NASICON electrolytes for electrical grid storage
- Rita Cheng, 2019 – 2020, Mechanical Property Analysis of Alkali Metals
- Sheila Smith, 2016 – 2017, Solid-state electrolytes for Li flow cells
- Isabel David, 2013 – 2014, Ceramic electrolytes for advanced energy storage
Visiting International Students
- Till Fuchs, University of Giessen Germany, from Professor J. Janek’s Lab 07/2021 – 10/21.
- Sakina Kaneko, Toyota Research and Development, Central Labs, 02/2020 – 01/2021
- Dr. Marie Claude-Bay, EMPA, Switzerland 04/2019 – 07/2020
- Masumi Sato, Toyota Research and Development, Central Labs, 02/2018 – 01/2019
- Tori Caraciollo, 2022 – 2023, Creep behavior of garnet electrolyte
- Darius Daud, 2021 – 2021, Safety Analysis of Li Batteries
- Hannah Ho, 2021 – 2021, Scaffolds for Nerve Repair
- Dhruv Tatke, 2020 – 2021, NASICON Ceramic Electrolyte for Grid Storage Batteries
- Rishav Choudhury, 2019 – 2020, The Effects of Electric Field Distribution on the Interface Stability in Solid Electrolytes; Published this paper as the first author.
- Nando Felton, 2018 – 2020, Elastic, Plastic, and Creep Properties of Li Metal
- Angelica Galvin, 2016 – 2021, Scaffolds for bioengineered tissue implants
- Sandra Strangeland-Molo, 2016 – 2018, Solid-state batteries
- Catherine Haslam, Catherine is now a PhD Pre-Candidate in my group and and NSF GRF Awardee, 2016 – 2018, Solid-state batteries
- Nathan Johnson, 2016 – 2018, Solid-state batteries
- Marcus Lee, 2016 – 2018, Solid-state batteries
- Harsh Jhvehri,2016 – 2017, Solid-state batteries
- Bennet McGlade, 2016 – 2017, Solid-state batteries
- Jack Lucci, 2015 – 2016, ME UROP, Scaffolds for bioengineered tissue implants
- Kayla Felger, Goldwater Scholar, NSF GRF Awardee, 2012 – 2014, Biomaterials for nerve repair
- Camilla Cendra, International exchange program (from Madrid, Spain), 2012 – 2014, Solid-state batteries
- Megan Buczkowski, 2012 – 2013, Scaffolds for nerve repair
- Thomas Heuser, Von Ehr Scholar, NSF GRF Awardee, 2011 – 2012, Ambiently Dried Aerogel
- Whitney Benson, 2011 – 2012, Scaffolds for spinal cord repair
- Isabel David, 2011 – 2012, SEM and FIB analysis of garnet-based solid electrolytes, College of Engineering Fellowship
- Chelsea Frid, 2011 – 2011, Mechanical property evaluation of agarose hydrogels
- Sarah Saleh, 2010 – 2011, Nerve growth factor delivery for nerve repair
- Derek Miller, NSF GRF Awardee, 2010 – 2011, Aerogels for NASA space applications
- Danielle Vasko, 2010 – 2011, Functionalizing of hydrogels for drug delivery
- Minyoung Jeong, 2010 – 2010, Electrochemically synthesized skutterudite
- Lucille Thomas, 2010 – 2010, Chitosan/agarose scaffolds for nerve repair
- Christine Barry, 2010 – 2010, Hydrogels for nerve repair
- Chantelle Pline, 2009 – 2011, Chitosan/agarose hydrogels for nerve repair
- Alexa Garrison, 2009 – 2011, Biodegradation rate of hydrogels for nerve repair
- Bridget Bednark, 2009 – 2011, Templating scaffolds for spinal cord repair
- Travis Thompson, 2009 – 2009, Aerogels for waste heat recovery
- Dena Shahriari NSF GRF Awardee, 2009 – 2009, Multifunctional scaffolds for nerve repair
- Daniel Lynam, 2008 – 2009, Multifunctional scaffolds for nerve repair
- David Putnam, 2008 – 2008, Characterization of materials for electrochemical energy storage
- Chelsea Peterson, 2007 – 2010, Multifunctional scaffolds for nerve repair