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Maria K. Chan

Scientist, Nanoscience

Biography

Maria Chan is a scientist with the Center for Nanoscale Materials who studies nanomaterials and renewable energy materials, including solar cells and batteries and other energy storage, as well as photo- and electro-catalysts, thermal transport, and thermoelectrics. Particular focus is on using machine learning for efficient computational approaches and for interfacing computational models with materials characterization (x-ray, electron, and scanning probe). She is also a senior fellow at the Northwestern Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering, and a fellow of the University of Chicago Consortium for Advanced Science and Engineering.

Education

  • BSc, Physics and Applied Mathematics, University of California at Los Angeles
  • PhD, Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research topics

  • first principles and atomistic modeling of nanomaterials and renewable energy materials, including photovoltaics, energy storage, photo- and electro-catalysts, thermal transport, and thermoelectrics
  • development of first principles and machine learning approaches for materials property prediction
  • methodology and software development for integrating atomistic modeling and experimental measurements

Current/previous projects

  • Center for Nanoscale MaterialsTheory and Modeling group: structural and electronic properties of semiconductor nanoparticles, transition-metal dichalcogenides for catalysis, hybrid perovskite photovoltaics, connecting modeling to synchrotron characterization and microscopy techniques
  • DOE Early Career Award: development of FANTASTX (Fully Automated Nanoscale To Atomistic Structures from Theory and eXperiments) for determination of structures from x-ray, electron, and scanning probe characterization
  • Midwest Integrated Center for Computational Materials: inter-operable computational modeling codes to model transport at interfaces
  • AI/ML at Scientific User Facilities: use of artificial intelligence and machine learning for information extraction from x-ray, electron microscopy, and neutron data
  • Center for Electrochemical Energy Science: high capacity lithium-ion, lithium-oxygen, and hybrid lithium-ion/lithium-oxygen battery materials, solid-electrolyte interphase, surface and interfacial interactions
  • DOE EERE Solar Energy Technology Office: grain boundaries and dopants in CdTe photovoltaics, degradation in Si photovoltaics
  • DOE ARPA-E SHIELD: nanostructured thermal barrier coatings
  • Integrated Imaging to Understand Photocatalysis: photocatalysis on transition oxide metal surfaces, integrated imaging with computational modeling
  • Argonne internal projects: computer-vision guided retrieval of microscopy images, intermediate band hybrid perovskite photovoltaics, non-equilibrium thermal transport, non-PGM catalysts
  • Industrial sponsors: electronic and lattice thermal transport modeling

Publications

Google Scholar profile

Lectures and seminars

Awards

Current postdoctoral associates

Current doctoral student

  • Mr Eric Schwenker (Northwestern University, co supervised with Professor Chris Wolverton)
  • Mr Weixin Jiang (Northwestern University, co supervised with Professor Ollie Coissart)
  • Mr Mingren Shen (University of Wisconsin Madison, co supervised with Professor Dane Morgan)
  • Mr Chaitanya Kolluru (University of Florida, co supervised with Professor Richard Hennig)

Current research assistants

  • Mr Marcel Chlupsa (Kansas State University)
  • Mr Rahim Raja (University of Chicago)
  • Mr Trevor Spreadbury (MIT)

Current visiting student

  • Ms Yiming Chen (University of California, San Diego)

Former postdoctoral associates

  • Dr Alper Kinaci (Google Scholar)(LinkedIn)(Now Senior Computational Specialist at Northwestern University)
  • Dr Fatih Sen (Google Scholar)(LinkedIn)(Now Senior Scientist, Metallurgy and Modeling at Novelis)
  • Dr Liang Li (Google Scholar)(LinkedIn) (Now data scientist at Reonomy)
  • Dr Yi Xia (Google Scholar)(Now postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University)
  • Dr Kendra Letchworth-Weaver (Rahman Named Fellow)(Google Scholar)(LinkedIn)(Now Assistant Professor at James Madison University)
  • Dr Denise Ford (Duke University)
  • Dr Ji-Sang Park (Website)(Now an Assistant Professor at Kyungpook National University)

Former doctoral student

  • Dr Chris Buurma (Now at Sivananthan Laboratories)
  • Mr Joseph Kubal (visiting from Purdue University)
  • Ms Lynza Sprawl (visiting from Oregon State University)

Former research assistants

  • Ms Karen Zheng (UIUC) (Food Scientist)
  • Ms Jessi Hartman (UCDavis) (Now PhD student at UIUC)
  • Ms Amy Wey (Cornell University)
  • Mr Mutian (Josh) Liu (University of Chicago)(Now at Facebook)
  • Mr Ryan Pencak (Bucknell University) (Now MS student at Cornell Tech)
  • Mr Michael Toriyama (UIUC) (2018 Barry Goldwater Scholar)
  • Mr Thierry Wambo (University of Texas San Antonio)
  • Mr Ryan Pederson (Virgnia Tech) (Now PhD student at UC Irvine)
  • Ms Grace Lu (Northwestern University) (Now PhD student at UIUC)
  • Mr Jackson O’Donnell (University of Chicago)
  • Mr Spencer Hills (LinkedIn)
  • Mr Isaac Malsky
  • Ms Sarah O’Brien
  • Mr Viraaj Jayaram
  • Ms Sankhya Hirani

Postdoctoral and internship positions are currently available (Fall 2020). Please contact me (mchan@​anl.​gov) if interested.