Evan Walter Clark Spotte-Smith

I am a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). I am advised by Professor Kristin Aslaug Persson, and I am currently a Kavli Energy Nanoscience Institute Philomathia Graduate Student Fellow. I collaborate closely with scholars within the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) and the Silicon Consortium Project.

My current research focuses on understanding the (electro)chemical reaction mechanisms that control solid-electrolyte interphase formation in metal-ion batteries (especially Li-ion and Mg-ion). I use a variety of computational and theoretical techniques - primarily density functional theory and Monte Carlo methods as well as graph theory and machine learning - to predict stable products, identify thermodynamically and kinetically feasible reaction pathways, and assess reactive competition. More broadly, I am interested in theoretical studies of reactivity in complex (electro)chemical environments.

I received my Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from Columbia University in 2019. During my undergraduate education, I conducted research on nanoparticle self-assembly dynamics with Irving P. Herman and explored organic reactions for thermochemical energy storage applications with Anubhav Jain and Ravi Prasher of LBNL.

More information can be found in my full CV.