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New professor joins WashU Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

Eleven new faculty will join the School of Engineering & Applied Science in the next year, bringing the total number to 94. The Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering will welcome Peng Bai.

Peng Bai, assistant professor

  • PhD, mechanical engineering
  • BE, automotive engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing

Bai joins the EECE faculty from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is a research scientist. He has been a senior postdoctoral associate and a postdoctoral associate at MIT since 2012. In 2014 he received the Oronzio and Niccolo De Nora Foundation Young Author Prize of the International Society of Electrochemistry. He joins the faculty July 1.

Bai’s research focuses on the mechanism and control of lithium dendrite growths; asymmetrical reaction kinetics at battery nanoparticles; dual-mode lithium-brominel seawater flow battery; mixed ion-electron transfer kinetics of core-shell nanomaterials. In addition, he works in battery cycle life prediction. He has had several funded research projects on lithium ion and other batteries.