Max Schulze is a postdoctoral researcher in the Chemistry and Nanoscience Center at NREL. For electrochemical energy storage technologies to be effective in addressing global energy challenges, he believes the materials need to be designed with holistic considerations that optimize the interplay between energy density, power density, lifetime, safety, recyclability, cost, and minimization of critical resource use. Combining this holistic vision with his varied background in materials synthesis allows him to bring creative, dynamic, and commercially relevant ideas to his research, rather than resorting to incremental or one-dimensional adaptions of materials designed for today’s lithium-ion batteries. Specifically, he believes the critical types of materials to develop are interfacial coatings, electrolyte additives, novel electrolytes, and/or solid electrolytes that address the poor mechanochemical stability of solid-electrolyte-interfaces of many next-generation electrodes.
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Si anodes for lithium-ion batteries (Silicon Anode Consortium)
Interfacial coatings for battery electrodes
Development of accelerated battery testing protocols
Ph.D. Materials Chemistry, Colorado State University
B.S., Chemistry, Colorado School of Mines
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University (2015–2019)
Post-Baccalaureate Researcher, Los Alamos National Laboratory (2014–2015)
Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry, Colorado School of Mines (2011–2014)
Undergraduate Summer Student, Los Alamos National Laboratory (2010–2014)
Electrodeposition of Sb/CNT composite films as Anodes for Li- and Na-Ion Batteries, Energy Storage Materials (2020)
Synthesis and Characterization of N3-(2,2,2-Trinitroethyl)-1,2,4-Oxadiazole-3,5-Diamine, Chem. Heterocycl. Comp. (2017)
A High Density Pyrazolo-Triazine Explosive (PTX), J. Mater. Chem. A. (2015)
Synthesis and Characterization of Energetic Plasticizer AMDNNM, Journal of Energetic Materials (2015)
Shape-Directional Growth of Pt and Pd Nanoparticles, Nanoscale (2014)
Shape-Directed Platinum Nanoparticle Synthesis: Nanoscale Design of Novel Catalysts, Appl. Organometal. Chem. (2013)
Controlled Synthesis of Nanoscale Icosahedral Gold Particles at Room Temperature, ChemCatChem. (2012)
Stabilized Electrodes for Ion Batteries and Methods of Making the Same, U.S. Patent No. 0223704 A1 (2020)
Awards and Honors
Great Minds in Research Honorable Mention, Colorado State University (2017)
Outstanding Senior Research Award, Department of Chemistry, Colorado School of Mines (2014)
Distinguished Student Award, Los Alamos National Laboratory (2011)