Selected Honors & Awards
Alvin M. Weinberg Fellowship, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2009-2011)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2005-2008)
MIT Presidential T. Haslam Fellowship (2004-2005)
ChE 231: Chemical Reactor Design
ChE 276/476:Polymer Synthesis and Characterization
Li, Z.; Zhao, Y.N.; Tenhaeff, W.E., "5V Stable Nitrile-Bearing Polymer Electroyte with Aliphatic Segment as Internal Plasticizer," ACS Applied Energy Materials, 2019, 2, 5, 3264-3273. Publication
Shen, B.H.; Armstrong, B.L.; Doucet, M.; Heroux, L.; Browning, J.F.; Agamalian, M.; Tenhaeff, W.E.;Veith, G.M., "Shear Thickening Electrolyte Built from Sterically Stabilized Colloidal Particles,"ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2018, 10, 11, 9424-9434. Publication
Shen, B.H.; Veith, G.M.; Tenhaeff, W. E., "Silicon Surface Tethered Polymer as Artificial Solid Electrolyte Interface,"Scientific Reports, 2018, 8, 11549. Publication
Gao, Y.; Cole, B.; Tenhaeff, W., "Chemical Vapor Deposition of Polymer Thin Films Using Cationic Initiation," Macromolecular Mat'l & Eng., 2017, 303, 2, DOI: 10.1002/mame.201700425 Publication
Ioanniti, M.M.; Tenhaeff, W., "Enhancing the stability of lithium ion Li1+x+yAlxTi2âˆ’xSiyP3âˆ’yO12 glass - ceramic conductors in aqueous electrolytes," Journal of Power Sources, 2017, 371, 209-201. Publication
Shen, B.H.; Veith, G.M.; Armstrong. B.L.; Tenhaeff, W.E.; Sacci, R.L., "Predictive Design of Shear-Thickning Electrolytes for Safety Considerations," Journal of the Electrochemical Soiciety, 2017, 164, 12, A2547-A2551. Publication
Veith, G.M.; Armstrong, B.L.; Wang, H.; Kalnaus, S.; Tenhaeff, W.E.; Patterson, M.L., "Shear Thickening Electrolytes for High Impact Resistant Batteries,"ACS Energy Letters, 2017, 2, 9, 2084-2088. Publication
Our research emphasizes the development of novel thin film materials and structures for several applications. Electrochemical energy storage in reversible lithium ion and lithium metal batteries is a primary interest. We are developing approaches to improve the stability (e.g. cycle life) and power performance in lithium batteries. For lithium metal batteries, for example, we are studying the stabilization of lithium metal anodes for safe, reversible cycling where the formation of dendritic morphologies is suppressed. In lithium ion batteries, thin coating layers and/or surface modifications are used to dramatically alter reaction kinetics. We have expertise in many thin film synthesis techniques-both vacuum and solution based. In particular, we exploit the exceptional compositional control and conformality of initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD) for the synthesis of polymeric thin films. The fundamentals of this technique are studies such that new capabilities can be developed.
We are also interested in redox flow batteries for grid level energy storage applications. We are utilizing our expertise in solid electrolyte characterization to develop new flow battery concepts. Replacing the porous membrane separating the two charge storage solutions with a liquid-impermeable solid electrolyte provides new opportunities that we are exploring.