James Pikul

Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM)

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Research Expertise: Energy storage and conversion, Multiscale transport, Nanomanufacturing, Multifuncitonal materials

James seeks to make transformative advances in energy storage, energy conversion, and multifunctional materials by understanding and exploiting characteristics of materials at the micro and nano scales. He is developing hierarchical battery electrodes that reduce ion and electron transport resistances so that batteries can charge/discharge faster and dissipate heat more quickly. James also researches large area nano-manufacturing technologies to enable material systems with enhanced structural and chemical functionality. These materials systems are inspired by the complex functionalities in natural materials (like self-healing bone fractures), but utilize modern engineering and design principles to achieve mechanical and chemical properties not available in natural or man-made materials.

Education:
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering 2015 – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.S. Mechanical Engineering 2011 – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.S. Mechanical Engineering 2009 – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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