Early Career Research Award: Kate Ryan
Kate Ryan came to Argonne as a postdoctoral appointee in 2011. She earned her Ph.D. from Oxford University, where she studied hydrogen storage materials and crystallography. During graduate school, she collaborated with researchers at multiple research institutions, including Los Alamos National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Ryan studies Li-air batteries as part of Argonne’s Laboratory Directed Research & Development Director’s Grand Challenge project. “Kate was a perfect candidate to join the Grand Challenge team,” said her advisor Tony Burrell. “She is imaginative, independent and interactive – all of which are qualities needed for a large, interdisciplinary research project.”
Ryan researches electrolyte stability in hopes of finding ways to prevent electrolyte decomposition over the cycle life of Li-air batteries. She looks at side reactions that occur in solution from the formation of reduced oxygen species. Ryan’s work contributes crucial insights into the design of Li-air batteries, which, at present, are majorly limited by electrolyte performance.
By Stephanie Yin