Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2021
Professional Honors
  • University of Illinois Racheff-Intel Award 2021
  • Microscopy and Microanalysis Postdoctoral Scholar Award 2021
  • Microscopy and Microanalysis Student Scholar Award 2018

Dr. Janicek is a materials scientist who specializes in energy materials and device characterization with specific expertise in electron microscopy and diffraction, including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), focused ion beam milling (FIB), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). Her work spans organic and inorganic materials, specializing in silicon semiconductor devices, batteries, fuel cells, and nanomaterials. Dr. Janicek specializes in novel technique development for materials characterization, including advanced image processing and programming for batch data analysis. She currently helps identify and understand failures in consumer products as well as providing technical expertise in support of intellectual property investigation and litigation.

Dr. Janicek has spent over 8 years leading and executing materials characterization studies at the micro- and nano-scale. Before joining Exponent, she was an engineer at Applied Materials focusing on root causes analysis of semiconductor device failure, supporting device scaling and miniaturization processes. She performed her post-doctoral research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) establishing air-free, low-dose, cryogenic characterization methods to enable the discovery of emerging solid electrolyte materials for next-generation batteries. Dr. Janicek completed her doctoral work at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she developed new electron microscopy methods for nano- and atomic-scale studies of organic materials and interfaces.