Frank Fan
Frank Fan, Ph.D.
Associate
Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry
Natick

Dr. Fan has a background in both materials science and electrochemistry, primarily consulting in the area of electrochemical energy storage. He has performed research, failure analysis, and initial quality assessment on batteries for a variety of applications, including consumer electronics, electric vehicles, and grid storage. He is experienced with a variety of electrochemical techniques, including galvanostatic cycling, GITT/PITT, chronoamperometry, voltammetry, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. He also has extensive experience with materials characterization techniques such as scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, and X-ray computed tomography (CT).

Dr. Fan earned a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There, he investigated the kinetics of phase changes in lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries and also developed semi-solid flow batteries using lithium-ion and lithium-sulfur chemistry. Prior to his doctoral studies, Dr. Fan performed research on alternatives to indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent electrodes and worked at startups in the photovoltaics industry on process development for thin silicon wafers produced via chemical vapor deposition.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2017
  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 2011
  • B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 2010
  • MIT Energy Initiative Fellow

    Semifinalist, MIT Clean Energy Prize

LANGUAGES

  • French
  • Mandarin

Publications

Li L, Pascal TA, Connell JG, Fan FY, Meckler SM, Ma L, .., Helms BA. Molecular understanding of polyelectrolyte binders that actively regulate ion transport in sulfur cathodes. Nature Communications 2017; 8(1):2277.

Fan FY, Chiang YM. Electrodeposition kinetics in Li-S batteries: Effects of low electrolyte/sulfur ratios and deposition surface composition. Journal of the Electrochemical Society 2017; 164(4):A917-A922.

Fan FY, Pan MS, Lau KC, Assary RS, Woodford WH, Curtiss LA, ..., Chiang YM. Solvent effects on polysulfide redox kinetics and ionic conductivity in lithium-sulfur batteries. Journal of the Electrochemical Society 2016; 163(14): A3111-A3116.

Chen X, Hopkins B J, Helal A, Fan FY, Smith KC, Li Z, ..., Chiang YM. A low-dissipation, pumpless, gravity-induced flow battery. Energy & Environmental Science 2016; 9(5): 1760-1770.

Gerber LC, Frischmann PD, Fan FY, Doris SE, Qu X, Scheuermann AM, ..., Helms BA. Three-dimensional growth of Li2S in lithium–sulfur batteries promoted by a redox mediator. Nano Letters 2015; 16(1):549-554.

Frischmann PD, Gerber LC, Doris SE, Tsai EY, Fan FY, Qu X, ..., Helms BA. Supramolecular perylene bisimide-polysulfide gel networks as nanostructured redox mediators in dissolved polysulfide lithium–sulfur batteries. Chemistry of Materials 2015; 27(19):6765-6770.

Fan FY, Carter WC, Chiang YM. Mechanism and kinetics of Li2S precipitation in lithium–sulfur batteries. Advanced Materials 2015; 27(35):5203-5209.

Wei TS, Fan FY, Helal A, Smith KC, McKinley GH, Chiang YM, Lewis JA. Biphasic Electrode Suspensions for Li-Ion Semi-solid Flow Cells with High Energy Density, Fast Charge Transport, and Low-Dissipation Flow. Advanced Energy Materials 2015; 5(15).

Fan FY, Woodford WH, Li Z, Baram N, Smith KC, Helal A, ... Chiang YM. Polysulfide flow batteries enabled by percolating nanoscale conductor networks. Nano letters 2014; 14(4):2210-2218.

Li Z, Smith KC, Dong Y, Baram N, Fan FY, Xie J, ..., Chiang YM. Aqueous semi-solid flow cell: demonstration and analysis. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2013; 15(38):15833-15839.

Prior Experience

Member of Technical Staff, Crystal Solar, Inc., 2011-2012

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2017
  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 2011
  • B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 2010
  • MIT Energy Initiative Fellow

    Semifinalist, MIT Clean Energy Prize

LANGUAGES

  • French
  • Mandarin