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Jessica Durham Macholz

Principal Materials Scientist

Advanced Manufacturing | Process R&D | Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling | Materials Recycling R&D


Dr. Jessica Macholz is a Materials Scientist in the Applied Materials Division at Argonne National Laboratory. She is part of the Materials Recycling R&D group working in the Materials Engineering Research Facility (MERF). She is a lead investigator in DOE’s ReCell Center for Advanced Battery Recycling where she investigates safe and cost-effective recycling processes for lithium-ion batteries and is the focus area lead for the Direct Recycling of Materials research thrust.

Jessica’s research also focuses on conducting process R&D and scale up of materials for energy applications through collaborations with industry, academia, and other national laboratories. Recently, she was a participant in Argonne’s Launchpad Program, designed to provide motivated early- and mid-career researchers with enhanced training and mentoring for developing multimillion-dollar sponsored research programs. As part of the Launchpad Program, her team developed and promoted emerging manufacturing technologies that address some of the commercialization challenges currently limiting materials for solid-state batteries. 


  • Ph.D. in Chemistry – Stony Brook University, 2016
  • M.S. in Chemistry – Illinois State University, 2012
  • B.S. in Chemistry – Illinois State University, 2010

Selected Honors

  • Cohort 5 Selectee of Argonne’s Launchpad Program, 2020
  • Maria Tzamarioudaki Memorial Award for Outstanding Doctoral Student at Stony Brook University, 2017
  • Johnson Matthey Student Award from the International Precious Metals Institute, 2014
  • James L. Fisher Outstanding Thesis Award Competition Winner at Illinois State University, 2012

Selected Publications

  • Harper, G.; Anderson, P. A.; Kendrick, E.; Mrozik, W.; Christensen, P.; Lambert, S.; Greenwood, D.; Das, P. K.; Ahmeid, M.; Milojevic, Z.; Du, W.; Brett, D.; Shearing, P. R.; Rastegarpanah, A.; Solkin, R.; Sommerville, R.; Zorin, A.; Durham, J. L.; et. al. ​“Roadmap for a Sustainable Circular Economy in Lithium-Ion and Future Battery Technologies.” Journal of Physics: Energy 20225, 021501.
  • Aryal, S.; Durham, J. L.; Lipson, A. L.; Pupek, K. Z.; Kahvecioglu, O. ​“Roles of Mn and Co in Ni-Rich Layered Oxide Cathode Synthesized Using a Taylor Vortex Reactor.” Electrochimica Acta 2021391, 138929.
  • Folayan, T. O.; Lipson, A. L.; Durham, J. L.; Pinegar, H.; Liu, D.; Pan, L. ​“Direct Recycling of Blended Cathode Materials by Froth Flotation.” Energy Technology 20219, 2100468.
  • Lipson, A. L.; Ross, B. J.; Durham, J. L.; Liu, D.; LeResche, M.; Fister, T. T.; Liu, L.; Kim, K. ​“Stabilizing NMC 811 Li-Ion Battery Cathode through a Rapid Coprecipitation Process.” ACS Applied Energy Materials 20214, 1972-1977.
  • Shi, Y.; Kim, K.; Xing, Y.; Millonig, A.; Kim, B.; Wang, L.; Lee, E.; Harrison, C.; Yu, T.; Johnson, D. C.; Lipson, A. L.; Durham, J. L.; Liu, D.; Fister, T. T.; Yu, L.; Wen, J. ​“Facile and Scalable Dry Surface Doping Technique to Enhance the Electrochemical Performance of LiNi0.64Mn0.2Co0.16O2 Cathode Materials.” Journal of Materials Chemistry A 20208, 19866.
  • Ross, B.; LeResche, M.; Liu, D.; Durham, J.; Dahl, E.; Lipson, A. ​“Mitigating the Impact of Thermal Binder Removal for Direct Li-Ion Battery Recycling.” ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 20208, 12511-12515.
  • Lipson, A. L.; Durham, J. L.; LeResche, M.; Abu-Baker, I.; Murphy, M. J.; Fister, T. T.; Wang, L.; Zhou, F.; Liu, L.; Kim, K.; Johnson, D. ​“Improving the Thermal Stability of NMC 622 Li-Ion Battery Cathodes Through Doping During Co-Precipitation.” ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 202012, 18512-18518.
  • Guo, H.; Durham, J. L.; Brady, A. B.; Marschilok, A. C.; Takeuchi, E. S.; Takeuchi, K. J., Liu, P. ​“Essential Role of Spinel MgFe2O4 Surfaces During Discharge.” Journal of the Electrochemical Society 2020167, 090506.
  • Durham, J. L.; Pelliccione, C. J.; Zhang, W.; Poyraz, A. S.; Lin, Z.; Wang, F.; Takeuchi, E. S.; Marschilok, A. C.; Takeuchi, K. J. ​“Silver Ferrite/Maghemite Composites and Mixtures: Impact of One-Pot Composite Preparation on Battery-Relevant Electrochemistry.” Applied Materials Today 201810, 142-152.
  • Durham, J. L.; Huang, J.; Zhang, B.; Wu, L.; Tong, X.; Pelliccione, C. J.; Zhu, Y.; Takeuchi, E. S.; Marschilok, A. C.; Takeuchi, K. J. ​“Deconvolution of Composition and Crystallite Size of Silver Hollandite Nanorods: Influence on Electrochemistry.” Journal of the Electrochemical Society 2017164A3814-A3823.
  • Durham, J. L.; Brady, A. B.; Cama, C. A.; Bock, D. C.; Pelliccione, C. J.; Zhang, Q.; Ge, M.; Li, Y. R.; Zhang, Y.; Yan, H.; Huang, X.; Chu, Y.; Takeuchi, E. S.; Takeuchi, K. J.; Marschilok, A. C. ​“Electrochemical (De)lithiation of Silver Ferrite and Composites: Mechanistic Insights from Ex SituIn Situ, and Operando X-Ray Techniques.” Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 201719, 22329-22343.
  • Xu, F.; Wu, L.; Meng, Q.; Kaltak, M.; Huang, J.; Durham, J. L.; Fernandez-Serra, M.; Sun, L.; Marschilok, A. C.; Takeuchi, E. S.; Takeuchi, K. J.; Hybertsen, M. S.; Zhu, Y. ​“Visualization of Lithium-Ion Transport and Phase Evolution Within and Between Manganese Oxide Nanorods.” Nature Communications20178, 15400.
  • Durham, J. L.; Poyraz, A. S.; Takeuchi, E. S.; Marschilok, A. C.; Takeuchi, K. J. ​“Impact of Multifunctional Bimetallic Materials on Lithium Battery Electrochemistry.” Accounts of Chemical Research 201649, 1864-1872.
  • Wu, L.; Xu, F.; Zhu, Y.; Brady, A. B.; Huang, J.; Durham, J. L.; Dooryhee, E.; Marschilok, A. C.; Takeuchi, E. S.; Takeuchi, K. J. ​“Structural Defects of Silver Hollandite, AgxMn8Oy, Nanorods: Dramatic Impact on Electrochemistry.” ACS Nano 20159, 8430-8439.
  • Durham, J. L.; Wilson, W. B.; Huh, D. N.; McDonald, R.; Szczepura, L. F. ​“Organometallic Rhenium(III) Chalcogenide Clusters: Coordination of N-Heterocyclic Carbenes.” Chemical Communications 201551, 10536-10538.
  • Durham, J. L.; Kirshenbaum, K.; Takeuchi, E. S.; Marschilok, A. C.; Takeuchi, K. J. ​“Synthetic Control of Composition and Crystallite Size of Silver Ferrite Composites: Profound Electrochemistry Impacts.” Chemical Communications 201551, 5120-5123.
  • Durham, J. L.; Tirado, J. T.; Knott, S. A.; Oh, M. K.; McDonald, R.; Szczepura, L. F. ​“Cluster Complexes Containing 5-(Phenyl)tetrazol-2-yl Ligands and Alkylation of 5-Substituted Tetrazolate Ligands,” Inorganic Chemistry 201251, 7825-7836.