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Jessica L. Durham

Materials Scientist

Advanced Manufacturing | Lithium-Ion Batteries | Battery Recycling | Next Generation Lithium-Ion Battery Materials | Plastics Recycling


Dr. Jessica Durham 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 direct recycling processes for lithium-ion batteries, specifically with respect to cell pre-processing, cathode/anode separation, and cathode/cathode separation.

Durham’s research also focuses on conducting process R&D and scale up of materials for energy storage applications through collaborations with industry, academia, and other national laboratories. She is a current 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 is developing and promoting 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

Select 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

Select Publications

  • 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.