- Ph.D., Chemistry and Biochemistry, George Mason University, 2022
- M.S., George Mason University, 2011
- B.S., George Mason University, 2009
- American Chemical Society
- The Electrochemical Society
Dr. Holguin specializes in organic and polymer synthesis and characterization, with an emphasis on materials for applications in batteries and energy storage. Her experience in chemistry, polymer science, materials science, and battery science allows her to address a wide array of technical challenges facing the energy storage industry and provide chemistry-based solutions to clients.
As a chemist and battery scientist, Dr. Holguin is skilled in organic synthesis methods, material characterizations for structure and composition (scanning electron microscopy (SEM/EDS)), spectroscopy (FTIR, NMR, UV-Vis, and Raman) and chromatography techniques (GC-MS, HPLC, and LC-MS), as well as electrochemical testing and evaluation methods (voltammetry, impedance, and GITT). She is proficient in battery cell (and cathode, anode) engineering and design, materials synthesis, as well as battery performance and failure analysis.
Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Holguin worked as a research assistant at George Mason University, where she focused on organic and polymer material structure engineering, characterization, and analysis for applications in alkali-ion and redox flow batteries. The goal of her research was to explore and develop sustainable batteries for the changing world. She developed several novel organic and polymer materials and demonstrated their practical applications in all organic sodium ion, potassium ion, lithium ion, and magnesium ion battery systems.
Dr. Holguin also has extensive experience working with the Army on the Land Warrior, Mounted Warrior, and Nett Warrior (formerly Ground Soldier System) programs as an analyst and program manager. She supported the testing, conducted data and failure analysis, presented technical reports, and assisted in the integration and implementation of system improvements. As a program manager, Dr. Holguin oversaw several teams in direct support of Nett Warrior, conducted and presented technical finding sessions, and ensured the compliance of government requirements.