Sarah Frisco

Sarah Frisco

Postdoctoral Researcher-Materials Science

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Sarah Frisco is a postdoctoral researcher in the Materials Science Center at NREL, working on energy storage projects. Her research has focused on improving understanding of lithium metal and lithium ion battery failure mechanisms, from the perspective of interface dynamics, such as the growth of the solid electrolyte interphase or dendrites. Currently, she uses X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to conduct ex- and in-situ investigations of surface phenomenon during cell cycling.

She completed a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the Rochester Institute of Technology and then a doctorate in materials science and engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, with advisors Jay Whitacre and Shawn Litster. She has previous professional experience developing electrode materials at NanoPower Research Laboratories, and before that, working on platinum catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells at NREL and the Colorado School of Mines.

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Research Interests

Energy storage

Battery materials synthesis

Silicon Anode Consortium


Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

B.S., Chemistry, Rochester Institute of Technology

Professional Experience

Research Scientist, NanoPower Research Labs (2012-2013)

Featured Work

Capacity Degradation in Commercial Li-ion Cells: The Effects of Charge Protocol and Temperature, Journal of Power Sources (2019)

Internal Morphologies of Cycled Li-Metal Electrodes Investigated by Nano-Scale Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces (2017)

Understanding Li-Ion Battery Anode Degradation and Pore Morphological Changes through Nano-Resolution X-Ray Computed Tomography, Journal of the Electrochemical Society (2016)

Shape-Directed Platinum Nanoparticle Synthesis: Nanoscale Design of Novel Catalysts, Applied Organometallic Chem. (2013)

The Effect of Aligned Carbon Nanotube Array Functionalization on the Atomic Layer Deposition of Platinum for Fuel Cell Applications, Applied Surface Science (2012)

Hybrid Germanium Nanoparticle-Single Wall Carbon Nanotube Free-Standing Anodes for Lithium Ion Batteries, Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2011)

Atomic Layer Deposition of Platinum onto Functionalized Aligned MWNT Arrays for Fuel Cell Electrode Application, ECS Transactions (2010)