Materials Science and Engineering Seminars Series

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    • Monday March 9, 2020 - Tuesday March 10, 2020
      2:45 pm - 3:59 pm
  • Location: Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute, Auditorium and Atrium, 813 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30332
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Summary Sentence: Join Materials Science and Engineering as they present Dr. Matthew McDowell from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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  • Matthew McDowell Matthew McDowell

Understanding the Evolution of Materials and Interfaces in Energy Storage Systems


Matthew T. McDowell, Assistant Professor

GWW School of Mechanical Engineering

School of Materials Science and Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology



It is critical to understand how materials change, transform, and degrade within devices to enable the development of next-generation energy storage and conversion systems. In my research group, multi-scale in situ techniques are used to reveal reaction mechanisms and interfacial transformations in materials for batteries and electronic devices. In this talk, I will discuss my group’s work understanding and controlling reaction mechanisms in i) solid-state batteries, ii) batteries for use at ultra-low temperatures, and iii) in individual battery nanocrystals. In situ x-ray imaging and in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) are key tools used to probe reaction mechanisms across length scales. Finally, my group’s work on understanding the nanoscale evolution of layered materials during synthesis and under operating conditions will be presented. Overall, this research demonstrates how the fundamental understanding of dynamic processes can be used to guide the design and engineering of new materials with improved lifetime and performance in batteries and electronic devices.



Matthew McDowell is an assistant professor at Georgia Tech with appointments in the G. W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Materials Science and Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2013 and was a postdoc at Caltech from 2013 until 2015. He has over 70 publications and has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE), the Sloan Fellowship, the NSF CAREER Award, the AFOSR Young Investigator Award, the ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award, the NASA Early Career Faculty Award, and the Scialog Fellowship. For more information, see


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