As a postdoctoral researcher at NREL, Trevor Martin is researching new polymers, interfacial chemistries, and materials for silicon anode batteries. He is also developing a new type of lithium-conducting polymer for solid-state batteries. Trevor is passionate about creating new materials, translating discoveries into viable technologies, and bridging the gap between science and business development. Also, he is excited to use data science and programming to improve chemistry research.

Trevor received his bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Chicago and subsequently began working with Jeffrey Elam at Argonne National Laboratory, where he implemented various atomic layer deposition methods to improve the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells.  Next, he moved to the University of Washington to pursue a doctorate in materials science and engineering under the guidance of Professor Christine Luscombe and Professor Hugh Hillhouse. His graduate research focused on developing novel chalcogen polymers for photonic nanomaterials applications and for fabricating low-cost, solution-processed photovoltaics. During this time, Trevor received an award from the American Chemical Society  and a University of Washington Clean Energy Institute Fellowship. After completing his doctoral studies, Trevor helped build a Seattle-based lithium-ion battery diagnostics startup company as chief science officer.

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Research Interests

Silicon Anode Consortium

Novel ion conducting polymers for all-solid-state batteries

Interfacial properties of nanomaterials and semiconducting organics


Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington

B.A., Physics, University of Chicago

Professional Experience

Chief Science Officer, Hive Battery Labs (2018–2019)

Graduate Research Assistant, Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute, University of Washington (2012–2017)

Assistant Research Physicist, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne-Northwestern Solar Energy Research Center (2010–2012)

Featured Work

Evolution of Morphology and Composition during Annealing and Selenization in Solution-Processed Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4, Chem. Mater. (2017)

Nanoparticle Ligands and Pyrolized Graphitic Carbon in CZTSSe Photovoltaic Devices, Chem. Mater. (2016)

Sulfur Copolymer for the Direct Synthesis of Ligand-Free CdS Nanoparticles, Chem. Commun. (2015)

Identifying Effects of TiO2 Nanowires inside Bulk Heterojunction Organic Photovoltaics on Charge Diffusion and Recombination, J. Mater. Chem. C. (2014)

N-type Hyperbranched Polymers for Supercapacitor Cathodes with Variable Porosity and Excellent Electrochemical Stability, Macromolecules (2015)

Chalcogen Polymers for Completely Solution-Processed Inorganic Photovoltaics, ACS 253rd National Meeting, Division of Polymer Chemistry (2017)


Stabilized Electrodes for Ion Batteries and Methods of Making the Same, U.S. Patent No. 0223704 A1 (2020)

Chalcogen Copolymers, International Patent Application No. PCT/US2017/037062 (2017)

Awards and Honors

Award for Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research, American Chemical Society (2017)

University of Washington Clean Energy Institute Fellow (2014–2015)