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Daniel Steingart

Daniel A. Steingart

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

University of California, Berkeley, Materials Science and Engineering, Ph.D., 2006
University of California, Berkeley, Materials Science and Engineering, M.S., 2002
Brown University, Engineering, Sc.B., 2000

Room: 213 Andlinger Center
Phone: 609-258-1257
Email: steingart@princeton.edu

Webpage: The Princeton Lab for Electrochemical Energy Systems

Honors and Awards

  • Chair Elect Gordon Research Conference Batteries, 2020
  • Vice Chair Elect Gordon Research Conference Batteries, 2018
  • National Academy of Engineering Japan-USA Frontiers of Engineering Speaker, 2016
  • National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Organizer, 2014
  • National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Invitee, 2013
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission Young Investigator Award, 2012
  • Xerox University Affairs Committee Award, 2013-2015

Concurrent University Appointments

  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Publications

Research Areas

Research Interests

The Princeton Lab for Electrochemical Energy Systems studies complex electrochemical behavior, with a current focus on energy storage systems. We are set up to create materials, fabricate devices, and characterize both with in situ, in operando, and ex situ methods.

A battery is a closed electrochemical reactor in which the redox potential between two dissimilar materials is exploited to provide an electrical current outside the cell while the inside of the cell moves what mass it needs to do to equilibrate (both under load and otherwise).

We think about the whole battery. Materials are certainly a critical aspect of battery design: geometric relations with the battery are equally important. Our work continually reconsiders the shape of a battery, the role of each component of a battery, and the ways in which materials and architecture might interact to positvely exploit phenomena within battery nominally considered negative. For example, we have shown

  • Zinc dendrites can improve battery lifetime
  • Cycle life and round trip efficiency can be decoupled
  • If side reactions can be tolerated, side reactions can be designed to be reversible and not reduce electrochemical inventory
  • The inherent coupling between power and energy within a closed battery creates structural implications regarding electrochemical acoustic interactions
  • Complex interactions during spray coating processes can be directed to "self stabilize", allowing for rapid fabrication of composite electrodes

We have created an environment where we can quickly synthesize, fabricate, test, and analyze batteries. With our custom analysis equipment, microfluidic fabrication and testing equipment, and in-lab prototyping tools we can quickly iterate on designs and experiments, starting with a "shotgun" approach to complex problems and developing both variable spaces and hypotheses of interaction after a few design cycles. In practice, we have learned

Taken together, these findings have enabled new types of batteries for grid scale and wearable applications, as well as new diagnostic measures for batteries.

The pleesr is part of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.