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Blake Hawley

Energy Conversion and Storage


Supervising Faculty: Dr. Jianlin Li

I was raised in Cloverport, KY and finished my high school studies at Western Kentucky University as a graduate of the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science. I completed my undergraduate work at the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a degree in chemical engineering in 2017. Since moving to Knoxville to join the Bredesen Center, I have enjoyed kayaking, fishing, and hiking in area parks, playing sports, and learning to cook!



My research interests include:

  • Aqueous processing of energy-dense lithium-ion battery cathodes
  • Colloidal phenomena in lithium-ion battery electrode dispersions
  • Templating cathode architectures for energy and power-dense lithium-ion batteries
  • All-solid-state lithium metal battery cathode development


ORNL Undergraduate Research Profile: Blake Hawley


Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Chemical Engineering, University of Alabama in Huntsville - May 2017


Google Scholar: W. Blake Hawley

Kukay, R. Sahore, A. Parejiya, W. B. Hawley, J. Li, D. L. Wood III, Aqueous Ni-rich-cathode dispersions processed with phosphoric acid for lithium-ion batteries with ultra-thick electrodes, J. Colloid Interface Sci. 581 (2021) 635-643.


Bai, W. B. Hawley, C. J. Jafta, N. Muralidharan, B. J. Polzin, I. Belharouak, Sustainable recycling of cathode scraps via Cyrene-based separation, SM&T 25 (2020) e00202.


B. Hawley, A. Parejiya, Y. Bai, H. M. Meyer III, D. L. Wood III, J. Li, Lithium and transition metal dissolution due to aqueous processing in lithium-ion battery cathode active materials, J. Power Sources 466 (2020) 228315.


Kukay, R. Sahore, A. Parejiya, W. B. Hawley, J. Li, D. L. Wood III, Corrosion mitigation and increased discharge capacity in aqueous processed thick cathodes using phosphoric acid additives, ECSarXiv.


B. Hawley, J. Li, Beneficial rheological properties of lithium-ion battery cathode slurries from elevated mixing and coating temperatures, J. Energy Storage 26 (2019) 100994.


B. Hawley, J. Li, Electrode manufacturing for lithium-ion batteries-Analysis of current and next generation processing, J. Energy Storage 25 (2019) 100862.