Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Physics, City University of New York, 2021
  • M.A., Physics, Hunter College, 2019
  • B.S., Physics, Boston College, 2015
Licenses & Certifications
  • Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification (CSSYB) (MA)
Academic Appointments
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Physics, CUNY Hunter College 2017 - 2021
Professional Honors
  • NIH RISE Graduate Scholar, 2018 - 2021
  • Japanese

Dr. Morales is a physicist with a background in energy storage, spectroscopy, microscopy and physical modeling. He specializes in failure analysis and quality assessment of batteries, including those used in consumer electronics and consumer products. 

To that end, Dr. Morales utilizes his knowledge in design of commercial and novel secondary battery systems, as well as materials characterization techniques such as X-ray computed tomography (CT) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). He also has extensive experience in other non-destructive techniques such as Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Raman spectroscopy.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Morales performed his Ph.D. work at the City University of New York (CUNY). There, he worked on the application of solid and liquid state NMR spectroscopy techniques to novel energy storage materials. His previous works included structural characterizations of glass-ceramic polymer composite electrolytes for Li-ion batteries, transport studies of electrolytes for Na-ion batteries and Electric Double-Layer Capacitors (EDLCs), as well as mapping the local magnetic environment of transition metal phosphate cathode materials for Li-ion batteries. Using Python and MATLAB, he developed pipelines to expedite the processing of transport data and developed models to simultaneously fit large volumes of spectral data sets.