P.I. | Postdoctoral Researchers | Students | Alumni

Juner Zhu

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University

Executive Director & Co-Founder of the Center for Battery Sustainability 

Wei Li

Associate Research Scientist

Postdoctoral Associate, MIT, 2019-2022
Ph.D., Tsinghua University, 2019
B.S., Hunan University, 2014

Wei has been working with Juner since 2020 on a variety of topics covering Li-ion battery safety, data-driven modeling, Scientific Machine Learning, and Li-metal anode. In our group, Wei assists Juner to oversee ALL the research projects and provides technical support to EVERYONE in our group!

Royal Ihuaenyi

Postdoctoral Associate

Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2023
M.S.,  Moscow State Automobile and Road Technical University, 2019
B.S., Kazan National Research Technical University, 2017

Royal leads multiple battery safety-related research projects in our group, specializing in state-of-safety, damage mechanics, polymer testing, and composite materials.  

Ruqing Fang

Postdoctoral Associate

Ph.D., Tsinghua University, 2023
B.S., Tsinghua University, 2018

As an expert in electro-chemo-mechanics, Ruqing expores the fundamental physics that governs the degradation and failure mechanisms of energy materials ans systems. 

Jihun Song

Postdoctoral Associate

Ph.D.,  Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), 2023
B.S.,  Changwon National University, 2017

Jihun is an expert in microstructure-resolved modeling and single-particle electro-chemo-mechanical tests of battery materials.

Junning Jiao

Ph.D. Student

MEng, National University of Singapore, 2022
B.S., Dalian University of Technology, 2021

Junning is working on the electro-chemo-mechanics of lithium plating.  

Dhiren Arvind Rathod

Master student 

M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (Material Sciences), Northeastern Univ, expected 2023
B.Sc., Univ. of Massachusetts, Lowell, 2019

Dhiren is developing a multi-signal experimental platform for battery health & safety monitoring.

Yong-Hwan Choi

Visiting scholar

Hyundai Motor Company

Yong-Hwan is working with us on battery safety modeling and management.

Sophie Fallon

Undergraduate student of Chemical Engineering

Sophie is working on a research project on solid-state batteries in the 2023 Fall semester.

Nitinmanish Vallabhu

Undergraduate student of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Nitin is working on foam materials for battery health management.

Lucas Tang

Undergraduate student of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Lucas is working on battery material characterization and developing micro-level tests on single particles with Ruqing. 

Vishhal Shashi Kumar

Undergraduate student of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Vishhal is interested in battery safety. Currently, he is assisting Royal to prepare a review article on this topic. 

Jiaqing Chen

Undergraduate student of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Jiaqing is working on 4-point bending test of battery cells for our industrial projects.

Undergraduate trainees who are temporarily in their co-ops or have not been assigned to a project yet.