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Zachary David Hood

Materials Scientist

Dr. Zachary Hood is a materials scientist in the Applied Materials Division at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.


Dr. Zachary Hood was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and works on emergent electrochemical materials. Zachary develops innovative synthetic methods to produce new solid-state materials and leverages a number of characterization techniques to understand their properties and performance from the nano-to-macro scale.


  • Post-Doctoral, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Wake Forest University

Awards and Honors

  • Impact Argonne Award, 2022
  • Young Alumni Award, Wake Forest University, 2020
  • Maria Goeppert Mayer Director’s Fellowship at Argonne National Laboratory, 2019
  • Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award (Gold), 2018
  • Georgia Tech Chemistry and Biochemistry External Advisory Board Award, 2018
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2015
  • Georgia Tech – Oak Ridge National Laboratory Fellowship, 2015
  • Georgia Tech Presidential Fellowship, 2015
  • Wake Forest Research Fellowship, 2013
  • Lola G. Duff and William H. Duff College Scholarship Recipient, 2009 – 2013
  • Wake Forest College Scholarship, 2009 – 2013

Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Physical Society
  • Electrochemical Society
  • International Society for Solid State Ionics
  • Materials Research Society
  • Vice-Chair, CNMS User Executive Committee at ORNL (2022)
  • Secretary, CNMS User Executive Committee at ORNL (2017 – 2021)
  • Member, MRS Early Career Professionals Subcommittee (2019 – present)

Selected Publications

  • Z.D. Hood, X. Chen, R. Sacci, G. Veith, X. Liu, Y. Mo, J. Niu, N.J. Dudney, M. Chi. Elucidating Interfacial Stability between Lithium Metal Anode and LiPON via In Situ Electron Microscopy. Nano Letters, 2021, 21, 151-157.
  • M. Balaish, J.C. Gonzalez‐Rosillo, Y. Zhu, K.J. Kim, Z.D. Hood, J.L.M. Rupp. Processing thin but robust electrolytes for solid-state batteries. Nat. Energy, 2021, 1-13.
  • E.C. Self, Z.D. Hood, T. Brahmbhatt, F.M. Delnick, H.M. Meyer, G. Yang, J.L.M. Rupp, J. Nanda. Solvent-Mediated Synthesis of Amorphous Li3PS4/PEO Composite Solid Electrolytes with High Li+ Conductivity. Chem. Mat., 2020, 32, 8789-8797.
  • Y. Zhu, M. Balaish, J.C. Gonzalez‐Rosillo, Z.D. Hood, K.J. Kim, J.L.M. Rupp. Lithium-film ceramics for solid-state lithionic devices. Nat. Rev. Mat., 2020, 1-19.
  • X. Liu, R. Garcia-Mendez, A.R. Lupini, Y. Cheng, Z.D. Hood, F. Han, A. Sharafi, J.C. Idrobo, N.J. Dudney, C. Wang, C. Ma, J. Sakamoto, M. Chi. Local electronic structure variation resulting in Li filament’ formation within solid electrolytes. Nature Materials, 2021, 1-6.
  • Z.D. Hood, H. Wang, A.S. Pandian, R. Peng, K.D. Gilroy, M. Chi, C. Liang, and Y. Xia. Fabrication of Sub-micrometer-thick Solid Electrolyte Membranes of β-Li3PS4 via Tiled Assembly of Nanoscale, Plate-like Building Blocks. Advanced Energy Materials, 2018, 1800014.
  • X. Liu, Y.Chen, Z.D. Hood, C. Ma, S. Yu, A. Sharafi, H. Wang, K.An, J. Sakamoto, D.J. Siegel, Y. Cheng, N. Jalarvo, M. Chi. Elucidating the Mobility of H+ and Li+ Ions in (Li6.25-xHxAl0.25)La3Zr2O12 via Correlative Neutron and Electron Spectroscopy. Energy and Environmental Science, 2019, 12, 945-951.
  • Z.D. Hood, K. Kubelick, K.D. Gilroy, D. Vanderlaan, X. Yang, M. Yang, M. Chi, S. Emelianov, and Y. Xia. Photothermal Transformation of Au-Ag Nanocages under Pulsed Laser Irradiation. Nanoscale, 2019, 11, 3013-3020.
  • Z.D. Hood, M. Chi. Mechanistic Understanding and Strategies to Design Interfaces of Solid Electrolytes: Insights Gained from Transmission Electron Microscopy. Journal of Materials Science, 2019, 15, 10571-10594.
  • Q. Zhang, C. Zhang, Z.D. Hood, M. Chi, C. Liang, N.H. Jalarvo, M. Yu, H. Wang. Abnormally Low Activation Energy in Cubic Na3SbS4 Superionic Conductor. Chemistry of Materials, 2020, 32, 2264-2271.
  • J.C. Gonzalez‐Rosillo, M. Balaish, Z.D. Hood, N. Nadkarni, D. Fraggedakis, K.J. Kim, K.M. Mullin, R. Pfenninger, M.Z. Bazant, J.L.M. Rupp. Lithium‐Battery Anode Gains Additional Functionality for Neuromorphic Computing through Metal–Insulator Phase Separation. Advanced Materials, 2020, 32, 1907465.
  • Z.D. Hood, X. Yang, Y. Li, A.K. Naskar, M. Chi, M.P. Paranthaman. Conversion of Waste Tire Rubber into High-Value-Added Carbon Supports for Electrocatalysis. Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 2018, 165, H881-H888.
  • S.P. Adhikari, Z.D. Hood, V.W. Chen, K.L. More, K. Senevirathne, and A. Lachgar. Visible-light-active g-C3N4/N-doped Sr2Nb2O7 Heterojunctions as Photocatalysts for the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction. Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 2018, 2, 2507-2515.
  • J. Howard, Z.D. Hood, N.A.W. Holzwarth. Fundamental Aspects of the Structural and Electrolyte Properties of Li2OHCl from Simulations and Experiment. Physical Review Materials, 2017, 1, 075406.
  • L.E. Rush Jr., Z.D. Hood, N.A.W. Holzwarth. Unraveling the Electrolyte Properties of Na3SbS4 through Computation and Experiment. Physical Review Materials, 2017, 1, 075406.
  • M. Zhang, K. Yin, Z.D. Hood, Z. Bi, C.A. Bridges, S. Dai, Y. Shirley-Meng, M.P. Paranthaman, and M. Chi. In Situ TEM Observation of the Electrochemical Lithiation of N-doped Anatase TiO2 Nanotubes as Anodes for Lithium-ion Batteries. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2017, 5, 20651-20657.
  • S.P. Adhikari, Z.D. Hood, H. Wang, R. Peng, A. Krall, H. Li, V.W. Chen, K.L. More, Z. Wu, S. Geyer, and A. Lachgar. Enhanced Visible Light Photocatalytic Water Reduction from a g-C3N4/SrTa2O6 Heterojunction. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2017, 217, 448-458.
  • K. Yin, M. Zhang, Z.D. Hood, J. Pan, Y. Shirley-Meng, and M. Chi. The Formation of a Self-Assembled Framework during Lithiation of SnS2, Monitored by In Situ Microscopy. Accounts of Chemical Research, 2017, 50, 1513-1520.
  • Z.D. Hood, S.P. Adhikari, Y. Li, A.K. Naskar, L. Figueroa-Cosme, Y. Xia, M. Chi, M.W. Wright, A.Lachgar, and M.P. Paranthaman. Novel Acid Catalysts from Waste Tire-Derived Carbon: Application in Waste-to-Biofuel Conversion. ChemistrySelect, 2017, 2, 4975-4982.
  • W. Gao, Z.D. Hood, and M. Chi. Interfaces in Heterogeneous Catalysts: Advancing Mechanistic Understanding through Atomic-Scale Measurements. Accounts of Chemical Research, 2017, 50, 787-795.
  • R. Peng, L. Liang, Z.D. Hood, A. Boulesbaa, A. Puretzky, A.V. Ievlev, J. Come, O.S. Ovchinnikova, H. Wang, C. Ma, M. Chi, and Z. Wu. In-Plane Heterojunctions Enable Multiphasic Two-Dimensional (2D) MoS2 Nanosheets as Efficient Photocatalysts for Hydrogen Evolution from Water Reduction. ACS Catalysis, 2016, 6, 6723-6729.
  • H. Wang, R. Peng, Z.D. Hood, M. Naguib, S.P. Adhikari, and Z. Wu. Titania Composites with 2D Transition Metal Carbides as Photocatalysts for Hydrogen Production under Visible-Light Irradiation. ChemSusChem, 2016, 9, 1490-1497.
  • H. Wang, Y. Chen, Z.D. Hood, G. Sahu, A.S. Pandian, J.K. Keum, K. An, and C. Liang. An Air-Stable Na3SbS4 Superionic Conductor Prepared by a Rapid and Economic Synthetic Procedure. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2016, 55, 8551-8555.
  • H. Wang, Z.D. Hood, Y. Xia, and C. Liang. Fabrication of Ultrathin Solid Electrolyte Membranes of β-Li3PS4 Nanoflakes by Evaporation-Induced Self-Assembly for All-Solid-State Batteries. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2016, 4, 8091-8096.
  • W.C. West, Z.D. Hood, S. Adhikari, C. Liang, A. Lachgar, M. Motoyama, and Y. Iriyama. Reduction of Charge-Transfer Resistance at the Solid Electrolyte - Electrode Interface by Pulsed Laser Deposition of Films from a Crystalline Li2PO2N Source. Journal of Power Sources, 2016, 312, 116-122.
  • Z.D. Hood, H. Wang, A.S. Pandian, J.K. Keum, and C. Liang. Li2OHCl Crystalline Electrolyte for Stable Metallic Lithium Anodes. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2016, 138, 1768-1771.
  • Z.D. Hood, C. Kates, M. Kirkham, S. Adhikari, C. Liang, and N. A. W. Holzwarth. Structural and Electrolyte Properties of Li4P2S6. Solid State Ionics, 2016, 284, 61-70.
  • Z.D. Hood, H. Wang, Y. Li, A.S. Pandian, M.P. Paranthaman, and C. Liang. The Filler Effect’: A Study of Solid Oxide Fillers with β-Li3PS4 for Lithium Conducting Electrolytes. Solid State Ionics, 2015, 283, 75-80.

Selected Patents

  • Z.D. Hood, W.S. Chang, L. Miara, J.L.M. Rupp. Bilayer Components for Li Metal Battery and Their Use Therein. WA-202002-007-1-US0 (2020)
  • Z.D. Hood, S.P. Adhikari, M.W. Wright, A. Lachgar, Y. Li, A.K. Naskar, and M.P. Paranthaman. Surface Treated Carbon Catalysts Produced from Waste Tires for Fatty Acids to Biofuel Conversion. U.S. Patent No. 9,884,804, 2018.
  • Z.D. Hood, S.P. Adhikari, A. Lachgar, A.K. Naskar, Y. Xia, and M.P. Paranthaman. Production of Biofuels with Novel Salts Impregnated Tire Carbon Catalysts. Invention Disclosure # 201603746, DOE S-138,393, US Patent Application filed.
  • Z.D. Hood, X. Yang, A.K. Naskar, Y. Xia, and M.P. Paranthaman. Waste Tire-Derived Carbon Supports for Oxygen Reduction Catalysts. Invention Disclosure # 201703874, DOE S-138,532, US Patent Application filed.
  • Z.D. Hood, Y. Zhu, L. Miara, J.L.M. Rupp. Solid-state Electrolyte and Method of Manufacture Thereof. U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 62/713,366, US Patent Application Filed.
  • Y. Zhu, Z.D. Hood, L. Miara, J.L.M. Rupp. Solution-Processed Solid-state Electrolyte and Method of Manufacture Thereof. U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 62/713,428, US Patent Application Filed.