Alexandra Emly
Alexandra Emly, Ph.D.
Associate
Materials & Corrosion Engineering
  • Natick

Dr. Emly is formally trained as a materials engineer with a focus on materials for next-generation rechargeable batteries as well as materials for traditional lithium-ion batteries. She has a deep understanding of the thermodynamic properties of material systems and is knowledgeable in kinetic properties, crystal structures, and other intrinsic material properties. Additionally, her strong materials science background has provided her with an excellent grasp of properties of material classes including polymers, metals, and ceramics.

Dr. Emly has extensive experience using density functional theory (DFT) to predict and explain thermodynamic properties of battery materials including voltage curves and phase stability from atomistic level calculations, as well as experience with data analytics and visualization using Python and its suite of scientific computing packages and plotting package. Additionally, she has familiarity in the synthesis of cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries ranging from sol gel and co-precipitation synthesis, slurry preparation and coin cell fabrication, as well as electrospinning. She also has experience with characterization techniques including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). 

Prior to joining Exponent, she worked as a Research Assistant in Professor Anton Van der Ven’s group at the University of Michigan in the department of Materials Science and Engineering, focusing on diffusion processes and the thermodynamic stability of next-generation battery materials using computational methods. Before graduate school, she prepared cathode slurries and fabricated coin-cells for lithium-ion batteries in Professor Shirley Meng’s group at the University of Florida, and electrospun tin oxide nanoparticles for anodes in lithium-ion batteries at North Carolina State University through a summer NSF program.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2015
  • B.S., Materials Science & Engineering, University of Florida, 2010, cum laude
  • College of Engineering Distinguished Leadership Award

    Kenneth and Judy Betz Fellowship Award

Publications

Emly A, Van der Ven A. Mg intercalation in layered and spinel host crystal structures for Mg batteries. Inorganic Chemistry 2015; published online April, 2015.

See K, Leskes M, Griffin JM, Britto S, Matthews P, Emly A, Van der Ven A, Wright DS, Morris AJ, Grey CP, Seshadri R. Ab initio structure search and in situ 7Li NMR studies of discharge products in the Li–S Battery System. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2014; 136:16368–16377.

Emly A, Van der Ven A, Kioupakis E. Phase stability and transport mechanisms in antiperovskite Li3OCl and Li3OBr superionic conductors. Chemistry of Materials 2013; 23:34663–4670.

Presentations

Emly, A and Van der Ven, A. Transport mechanisms in superionic conductor, Li3OCl. Oral presentation, Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 2014.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2015
  • B.S., Materials Science & Engineering, University of Florida, 2010, cum laude
  • College of Engineering Distinguished Leadership Award

    Kenneth and Judy Betz Fellowship Award