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Yunchao Li

Energy Conversion and Storage


Supervising Faculty: Parans Paranthaman

Yunchao Li has a Bachelor’s degree in Materials Engineering from University of Kentucky, where he served as an undergraduate research assistant in Prof. Yang-Tse Cheng’s group. During that period, he worked on thin film lithium ion batteries anode systems, specifically, the evaluation of high capacity Si-Al anode and the study of crack pattern formation mechanism of silicon thin film anode during battery cycling.

After joining Dr. Parans Paranthaman’s group as a Bredesen Center student, Yunchao’s research involves study of novel electrode materials and interfacial chemistry for improved energy storage systems. Currently, his projects include: 1. synthesizing and characterizing different solid electrolyte systems, improving the ionic conductivity by element doping and hot-pressing, evaluating the material water stability and proton exchange; 2. developing and modifying hard carbon derived from waste tires as electrochemical storage material; 3. testing different borate based lithium salts as electrolyte additives to improve high voltage cathode efficiency and cycling performance; utilizing XRD, XPS, EIS, EDS and TEM to analyze the cause of cell failure.


Lithium/sodium-ion batteries, Solid electrolyte, Supercapacitors


Bachelor of Science, Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky

Awards and Recognitions

  • R&D 100 for Waste Tire-derived Carbon, 2016
  • Outstanding Materials Engineering Senior, University of Kentucky, 2012
  • ASM International Bluegrass Chapter Scholarships, 2012
  • Secat Inc. Aluminum Scholarship, 2011


Google Scholar Profile: Yunchao Li

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