Colin Burke
Colin Burke, Ph.D.
Associate
Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry
Menlo Park

Dr. Burke is trained as a chemical engineer and specializes in design, quantitative characterization, and testing of electrochemical systems, with a focus on battery chemistries. Dr. Burke leverages expertise in thermodynamics, molecular transport, and reaction kinetics for fundamental understandings of electrochemical systems.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Burke was a graduate researcher and NASA Space Technology Research Fellow in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, working with Professor Bryan McCloskey. Dr. Burke’s research focused on electrolyte engineering to improve capacity and rechargeability in the lithium-oxygen battery. To characterize engineered electrolytes, Dr. Burke constructed a differential electrochemical mass spectrometer (DEMS), which enabled the real-time identification and quantification of the gases consumed and evolved from a cycling lithium-oxygen battery. Dr. Burke has experience with electrolyte chemistry, electrochemical cycling procedures, and a variety of materials characterization techniques, including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2018
  • B.Ch.E., Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2013
  • NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship August 2016 – July 2018

    Electrochemical Society San Francisco Section Daniel Cubicciotti Award – Honorable Mention 2017

    Excellence in Teaching Award from Dow Chemical Company Spring 2015

    Presidential Scholar and Gold Scholar Awards, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, 2009-2013

    Eagle Scout, Boys Scouts of America

Publications

Liyana-Arachchi, T. P.; Haskins, J. B.; Burke, C. M.; Diederichsen, K. D.; McCloskey, B. D.; Lawson, J. W. “Polarizable Molecular Dynamics and Experiments of 1,2-Dimethoxyethane Electrolytes with Lithium and Sodium Salts: Structure and Transport Properties.” Journal of Physical Chemistry B (2018) 122 (36), 8548-8559. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.8b03445

Papp, J. K.; Forster, J. D.; Burke, C. M.; Kim, H. W.; Luntz, A. C.; Shelby, R. M.; Urban, J. J.; McCloskey, B. D. “Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) Binder Degradation in Li-O2 Batteries: a Consideration for the Characterization of Lithium Superoxide.” Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (2017) 8 (6), 1169-1174. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b00040

*Burke, C. M.; *Black, R.; Kochetkov, I. R.; Giordani, V.; Addison, D.; Nazar, L. F.; McCloskey, B. D. “Implications of 4e- Oxygen Reduction via Iodide Redox Mediation in Li-O2 Batteries.” ACS Energy Letters 1 (4), 747-756 (2016). doi:10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00328 *contributed equally

Giordani, V.; Tozier, D.; Tan, H.; Burke, C. M.; Gallant, B. M.; Uddin, J.; Greer, J. R.; McCloskey, B. D.; Chase, G. V.; Addison, D. “A Molten Salt Lithium-Oxygen Battery.” Journal of the American Chemical Society 138 (8), 2656-2663 (2016). doi:10.1021/jacs.5b11744

Nandy, K.; Palmeri, M. J.; Burke, C. M.; An, Z.; Nguyen, S.T.; Putz, K. W.; Brinson, L. C. “Stop Motion Animation Reveals Formation Mechanism of Hierarchical Structure in Graphene Oxide Paper.” Advanced Materials Interfaces 4, 1500666 (1-6) (2016). doi: 10.1002/admi.201500666

Burke, C. M.; Pande, V.; Khetan, A.; Viswanathan, V.; McCloskey, B. D. “Enhancing Electrochemical Intermediate Solvation Through Electrolyte Anion Selection to Increase Nonaqueous Li–O2 Battery Capacity.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112 (30), 9293-9298 (2015). doi:10.1073/pnas.1505728112

McCloskey, B. D.; Burke, C. M.; Nichols, J. E.; Renfrew, S. E. “Mechanistic Insights for the Development of Li-O2 Battery Materials: Addressing Li2O2 Conductivity Limitations and Electrolyte and Cathode Instabilities.” Chemical Communications 51, 12701-12715 (2015). doi:10.1039/C5CC04620C

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Nature Communications, Electrochimica Acta, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, ACS Catalysis, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2018
  • B.Ch.E., Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2013
  • NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship August 2016 – July 2018

    Electrochemical Society San Francisco Section Daniel Cubicciotti Award – Honorable Mention 2017

    Excellence in Teaching Award from Dow Chemical Company Spring 2015

    Presidential Scholar and Gold Scholar Awards, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, 2009-2013

    Eagle Scout, Boys Scouts of America