gained an appreciation for nature and the environment from a young age.
Combining her love for the environment with her passion in electrochemistry and
materials science, Nicole has made it her life’s mission to make an impact in
the renewable energy transformation that our society needs to mitigate climate
Specifically, she is
interested in the development of affordable, safe and reliable energy storage
to pursue energy storage came after traveling to Australia for the World Solar
Challenge, a 1,900-mile solar car endurance race through the Australian
outback. After witnessing another university team’s lithium ion battery pack
catch fire, she realized that current energy storage is not good enough.
During her undergraduate career at UC Berkeley,
Nicole became heavily involved in research on rechargeable solid state lithium
metal anode batteries and, with the support of a UC Regents’ and Chancellor’s
Fellowship and Goldwater Fellowship, published a first-author paper detailing
the link between dendrite growth in liquid and solid polymer electrolyte
systems. Nicole hopes to continue studying rechargeable energy storage
materials, with a focus on both fundamental electrochemical as well as
practical device-scale aspects of next generation battery materials.
Specifically, she hopes to concentrate on the utilization of abundant and
inherently safer energy storage materials with only minimal compromises in
performance in an effort to enable the renewable energy transformation. With her Hertz Foundation Fellowship, Nicole will
pursue her PhD at UC
not working in the lab, Nicole spends her time outdoors hiking, biking,
backpacking, surfing and traveling to explore the natural wonders our world has
to offer and immerse herself in cultures from around the world.
Nicole is from Santa Barbara, California.