Kimberly Bassett

Kimberly Bassett, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist
Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry
Menlo Park
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Dr. Kimberly Bassett is a chemist who specializes in electrochemical, kinetic, thermodynamic, spectroscopic, and structural characterization of battery systems. She leverages these skills to assess the performance, degradation, failure modes, and safety of Li-ion battery technologies, frequently during quality and failure analyses. She has additional experience in evaluating lead-acid, magnesium, and zinc batteries.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Bassett conducted graduate research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). There, she studied the mechanical and structural changes in Li-ion cathode materials and the effects of coatings on those systems. During these projects, she employed lab-based X-ray diffraction (XRD), bending cantilever stress measurements, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and electron-beam thin film depositions. She has diverse experience in synchrotron methods, including using operando X-ray diffraction (XRD), tomography, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) on zinc, magnesium, lead acid, and Li-ion battery electrodes, as well as Li-ion solid electrolytes and iron oxygen reduction reaction catalysts. In pursuit of this research, she designed custom in situ battery cells. Her graduate work involved collaboration with academic theorists, national laboratory staff scientists, and industry experts.

Outside of research, Dr. Bassett served as Editor of the quarterly Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Frontier Research Center newsletter, which is a publication written for the general public. She served three years on the UIUC Chemistry Department’s Women Chemists Committee. During her tenure as chair, the committee won Best Overall WCC Local Section of the American Chemical Society.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2019
  • B.S., Chemistry, Texas Tech University, 2013
  • B.S., Mathematics, Texas Tech University, 2013
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow, 2016

    Outstanding Graduation Senior Award, Texas Tech University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 2014

    Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, 2013

Publications

Robert E. Warburton, Fernando C. Castro, Siddharth Deshpande, Kenneth E. Madsen, Kimberly L. Bassett, Roberto dos Reis, Andrew A. Gewirth, Vinayak P. Dravid, Jeffrey Greeley. Oriented LiMn2O4 Particle Fracture from Delithiation-Driven Surface Stress. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. 2020, 12, 49182. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.0c13305

Kenneth E. Madsen, Kimberly L. Bassett, Kim Ta, Brandon A. Sforzo, Katarzyna E. Matusik, Alan L. Kastengren, Andrew A. Gewirth. Direct Observation of Interfacial Mechanical Failure in Thiophosphate Solid Electrolytes with Operando X‐Ray Tomography. Adv. Mater. Interfaces. 2020, 7, 2000751. https://doi.org/10.1002/admi.202000751

Kenneth E. Madsen, Kevin A. Wade, Richard T. Haasch, D. Bruce Buchholz, Kimberly L. Bassett, Bruno G. Nicolau, Andrew A. Gewirth. Origin of Enhanced Cyclability in Covalently Modified LiMn1.5Ni0.5O4 Cathodes. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. 2019, 11, 39890. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.9b12912

Kimberly L. Bassett, Ö. Özgür Çapraz, Bertan Özdogru, Andrew A. Gewirth, and Nancy R. Sottos. Cathode/Electrolyte Interface-Dependent Changes in Stress and Strain in Lithium Iron Phosphate Composite Cathodes. J. Electrochem. Soc. 2019, 166, A2707. https://doi.org/10.1149/2.1391912jes

Ö. Özgür Çapraz, Sonika Rajput, Kimberly L. Bassett, Andrew A. Gewirth, Scott White, Nancy R. Sottos. Controlling the Volumetric Expansion in Lithium Manganese Oxide Composite Electrodes via Surface Modification. J. Electrochem. Soc. 2019, 166, A2357. https://doi.org/10.1149/2.0021912jes

Kimberly L. Bassett**, Robert Warburton**, Siddharth Deshpande, Tim T. Fister, Kim Ta, Jennifer L. Esbenshade, Alper Kinaci, Maria K. Y.Chan, Kamila M. Wiaderek, Karena W. Chapman, Jeffrey P. Greeley, Andrew A. Gewirth. Operando Observations and First-Principles Calculations of Reduced Lithium Insertion in Au-Coated LiMn2O4. Adv. Mater. Interfaces 2019, 6, 1801923. https://doi.org/10.1002/admi.201801923

Lingzi Sang, Kimberly L. Bassett, Fernando C. Castro, P Matthias J. Young, Lin Chen, Richard T. Haasch, Jeffrey W. Elam, Vinayak P. Dravid, Ralph G. Nuzzo, and Andrew A. Gewirth. Understanding the Effect of Interlayers at the Thiophosphate Solid Electrolyte/Lithium Interface for All-Solid-State Li Batteries. Chem. Mater. 2018, 30, 8747. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.8b02368

Aaron Petronico, Kimberly L. Bassett, Bruno G. Nicolau, Andrew A. Gewirth, Ralph G. Nuzzo. Toward a Four-Electron Redox Quinone Polymer for High Capacity Lithium Ion Storage. Adv. Eng. Mater. 2017, 1700960. https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201700960

Ö. Özgür Çapraz**, Kimberly L. Bassett**, Andrew A. Gewirth, Nancy R. Sottos. Electrochemical Stiffness Changes in Lithium Manganese Oxide Electrodes. Adv. Eng. Mater. 2016, 1601778. https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201601778

Jennifer L. Esbenshade, Christopher J. Barile, Timothy T. Fister, Kimberly L. Bassett, Paul Fenter, Ralph G. Nuzzo, Andrew A. Gewirth. Improving Electrodeposition of Mg through an Open Circuit Potential Hold. J. Phys. Chem. C. 2015, 119, 23366. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b07825

Jacqueline M. Rankin, Nitin K. Neelakantan, Kimberly E. Lundberg*, Elissa M. Grzincic, Catherine J. Murphy, Kenneth S. Suslick. Magnetic, Fluorescent, and Copolymeric Silicone Microspheres. Adv. Sci. 2015,1500114. https://doi.org/10.1002/advs.201500114

*Kimberly L. Bassett
** Equal contribution to work

Presentations

Kimberly L. Bassett, Keith Beers. Bridging Academic and Industrial Perspectives on Battery Testing and Design. Oral presentation, American Chemical Society Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting and Expo, Virtual, 2020.

Kimberly L. Bassett, Robert Warburton, Siddharth Deshpande, Tim T. Fister, Kim Ta, Jennifer L. Esbenshade, Kamila M. Wiaderek, Karena W. Chapman, Jeffrey P. Greeley, Andrew A. Gewirth. Effect of Coating on Lithiation in LiMn2O4. Poster presentation, 2018 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting and Exhibit, Boston, MA, 2018.

Tim Fister, Kimberly L. Bassett, Soojeong Kim, Sang-Don Han, Kim Ta, Kimberly See, Andrew Gewirth, Nav Nidhi Rajpu, Kristin Persson, Paul Fenter. Solvation and desolvation in nonaqueous zinc batteries. Invited oral presentation. 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exhibit, Washington D.C., 2017.

Kimberly E. Lundberg*, Ö. Özgür Çapraz, Timothy Fister, Nancy Sottos, Andrew Gewirth. In-situ electrochemical stiffness in Li-ion composite cathodes. Oral and poster presentation. 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exhibit, Washington D.C., 2017.

Kimberly E. Lundberg*, Ö. Özgür Çapraz, Nancy R. Sottos, and Andrew A. Gewirth. Asynchronous Stress and Strain Measurements of LiMn2O4 Composite Electrodes. Poster presentation. 18th International Meeting on Lithium Batteries Conference, Chicago, IL, 2016.

*Kimberly L. Bassett

Professional Affiliations

American Chemical Society — ACS member since 2012, Served on local UIUC Women Chemists Committee between 2014—2019

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2019
  • B.S., Chemistry, Texas Tech University, 2013
  • B.S., Mathematics, Texas Tech University, 2013
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow, 2016

    Outstanding Graduation Senior Award, Texas Tech University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 2014

    Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, 2013