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 Ph.D. Materials Scientist in Batteries, Thin Films
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Posted - 01/23/2013 :  15:28:18
Cole Petersburg
Materials scientist with broad expertise in characterization of electronic materials including lithium-ion battery materials, photovoltaic materials, and

materials for advanced microelectronics. Inventor of novel apparatuses which enabled in situ and in operando experiments in vacuum, high-temperature, and high-magnetic-field environments. Experienced in synchrotron X-ray methods using both hard and soft X-ray energies. Experienced in developing thin film deposition methods for photovoltaic and insulator films.

  • At Georgia Tech with Prof. Faisal Alamgir, invented in operando soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) technique at the National Synchrotron Light

    Source (NSLS) using powder pellet lithium-ion batteries to study powder-based cathode materials.

  • Developed pouch-cell lithium batteries for in operando hard X-ray XAS at NSLS using the same active materials as with soft X-ray spectroscopy in order to prove an element-specific mechanism of charge compensation for an overlithiated cathode material.

  • Optimized heat treatment of chalcogenide glass-ceramic solid electrolyte to improve ionic conductivity.

  • Developed new in operando soft X-ray technique to measure charge compensation in thin film lithium-ion memristors based on cathode-like materials.

  • Trained and managed team of undergraduates in lithium-ion battery construction and characterization after establishing a new battery laboratory at Georgia

    Tech while managing procurement, chemical inventory, and glovebox maintenance.


  • At Iowa State University with Prof. Vikram Dalal, created a successful, low-temperature CVD process to generate hydrogenated amorphous silicon without

    plasma. Characterized solar cell materials and devices using spectrophotometry, current-voltage, and capacitance-voltage techniques


  • As an R&D Intern at Micron Technologies, Inc., 2007, programmed CVD tool to fabricate thin films of SiONx for NAND flash, worked with optical

    characterization team to make ellipsometric models across compositional range.

  • As an REU Intern at PSU, 2004, characterized cast steel fracture surfaces of with field-emission SEM.

  • As an REU Intern at WSU, 2003, measured microindentation strength of artificial bone doped with Fe2O3, MgO

  • At Center for Nondestructive Evaluation, integrated a transconductance amplifier with a Hall sensor & ultrasonic beacon to create a handheld probe for

    detection of internal flaws in airplane wings


  • Ph.D., Materials Science, minor in inorganic chemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology     2007 — 2012

  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University     2006 — 2007

  • B.S., Materials Engineering, minor in Spanish, Iowa State University     2001 — 2005


  • Keramos Honor Society, ACS, Electrochemical Society, Material Advantage, MRS

  • ECS Travel Grant, May 2010


  • Controlled atmosphere techniques: clean room, dry room, glovebox, UHV, moisture sealing

  • Batteries: coin-, pouch-, and pellet-cell construction & testing with, CV, EIS, using Arbin, Gamry, Pine, Solartron

  • Sol-gel chemistry, CVD, mechanical alloying, XRD, SEM, DSC, Raman, microscopy

  • Synchrotron XPS, X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy with hard & soft X-rays

  • 2D & 3D illustration: Illustrator, Inkscape, Powerpoint, Solidworks

  • Intermediate skills in Spanish

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