ESP Biography

ERIC MCSHANE, Stanford Chemical Engineering Postdoc

Major: Chemical Engineering

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Eric is currently a postdoc in the Chemical Engineering Department at Stanford University, where he studies methods to convert nitrogen gas to ammonia electrochemically in the lab of Matteo Cargnello. He recently finished his PhD at UC Berkeley in the lab of Bryan McCloskey, where he studied degradation mechanisms that inhibit the fast charge capability of lithium-ion batteries.

Eric is passionate about disruptive technology which can hasten our transition to renewable energy to combat the deleterious effects of climate change, and he enjoys sharing his passion with aspiring scientists through outreach programs. He has previously been involved in BASIS, through which he taught engaging science lessons local second graders, and the Mt. Tamalpais College program, through which he remotely taught a course regarding the statistics of herd immunity to incarcerated students at San Quentin Prison. He is looking forward to continuing his outreach efforts through Splash!

Past Classes

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E7690: From Lemon to Lithium: What are batteries? in Splash Spring 2022 (May. 14 - 15, 2022)
Batteries have become an essential piece of in our life. In this short course, we will explain the basics of Li ion batteries. The first part of the session will cover the basics of batteries: By performing "the battery dance" and making our own lemon cells, we will learn how batteries run. In the second part we will transfer our knowledge to Li ion batteries. What makes them special? What can we do to run them more efficiently? What could be the future of Li ion batteries?