Staff Scientist and Deputy Division Director of the Energy Technologies Area.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
One Cyclotron Road, Mailstop 90R3027D
Berkeley, CA 94720
His research interests focus on fundamental phenomena that determine the function and electrochemical performance of electrochemical energy storage and conversion systems. Robert is often recognized for his pioneering work in the field of electrochemical diagnostics and engineering, especially for bridging the gap between fundamental science and applications of significant technological importance e.g., batteries. In his work he develops novel in situ and ex situ spectroscopy and imaging methodologies to probe basic properties of electrical energy storage materials and electrochemical interfaces at an atom, molecular or nanoparticulate level. He applies new experimental approaches to characterize fundamental issues affecting rechargeable battery performance, study the nature of physico-chemical properties of interfaces, nanostructures, and the mechanism of electrochemical and chemical phenomena that control the behavior of the electrochemical energy storage and conversion systems. His R&D efforts are directed toward technology development, and the use of state-of-the-art characterization tools to support the science and engineering of sustainable energy systems.