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Staff Engineer, PNNL
Microtechnology-Based Energy and Chemical Systems, Nanolaminates and Transparent Electronics, Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing
Dr. Cheng Huang is a Staff Engineer in Energy & Environment Directorate, with research and development interests in developing key engineering electroactive (electrical and electrochemical) materials and energy systems, by materials and components design, synthesis and processes, components assembly and analysis, based on electrophysical and electrochemical fundamentals, phenomena and technologies, for electrical energy and power storage, conversion and hybrid solutions, contributing to energy science and technology, including electrical energy storage (EES), renewable solar energy utilization (SEU) and membrane transduction, as well as their industrial business development.
Cheng has authored or co-authored more than 60 publications including journal articles, conference proceedings, book-chapters, technical reports and patents, bridging the gap between electrical engineering and chemistry, by electroactive materials science and technology where he discovered 2D delocalized charge macromolecular systems and pre-charging method for high-energy-density (HED) and high-power-density (HPD) storage, and also demonstrated low-voltage-driven fast-response electrochemical and electromechanical cells based on electroactive thin films and composite membranes. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Materials and Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and worked at Johns Hopkins University/ Bell Labs. Cheng joined PNNL in 2007.
With the established Electronics, Wet Chemistry & Battery Lab at PNNL, he is responsible for 1) Electroactive materials and energy systems, cost-effective synthesis and processes for power sources; 2) Lead, lithium carbon batteries and ultracapacitors, fuel cells and membranes, thin film solar and thermoelectric cells; 3) Multi-scale energy thin film, membrane and coating processes and architectures interface engineering; and 4) Coupled field and interface problems of electroactive materials in complex microstructures and composites, technology and applications.