Dr. Synodis’ areas of expertise include microfabrication, chemical engineering, and materials testing. He specializes in battery performance and failure analysis, but also has a background with inductors and another micro-systems. He has materials characterization and analysis experience with optical microscopy (OM) scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and focused ion beam milling (FIB). Additionally, Dr. Synodis has expertise in the utilization of several fabrication technologies, including electrodeposition, sputter deposition, lithography, evaporative deposition, and laser micromachining.
Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Synodis was a graduate research associate in the MicroSensors and MicroActuators laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed his PhD. In his time at Penn he developed processes based on MEMS techniques for the fabrication of micro-lithium-ion and micro-zinc-air batteries for use in high rate and on-chip power applications. Additionally, his thesis contained work on developing optimized electropolymerization conditions for conductive polymer deposition for use laminated multilayer microstructures. As an undergrad at Bucknell University, Dr. Synodis also performed computational research in the field of solid oxide fuel cells, where he studied the effects of nickel current collector loading on electrical performance and triple phase boundary density in YSZ based anodes. Mike also previously worked in manufacturing for L’Oreal USA in Piscataway, NJ, where he focused on optimizing line efficiencies improving supply chain flexibility.
CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS
- Ph.D., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2019
- M.S., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2017
- B.S., Chemical Engineering, Bucknell University, 2013
Synodis, M. J., Porter, C. L., Vo, N. M., Reszka, A. J., Gross, M. D., & Snyder, R. C. (2013). A model to predict percolation threshold and effective conductivity of infiltrated electrodes for solid oxide fuel cells. Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 160(11), F1216-F1224.
Synodis, M. J., Kim, M., Allen, S. A. B., & Allen, M. G. (2018, January). MEMS enabled scalable fabrication of high performance lithium ion battery electrodes. In 2018 IEEE Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) (pp. 600-603). IEEE.
Synodis, M., Pikul, J., Allen, S. A. B., & Allen, M. (2019, June). Integrated Fabrication of Serially Connected High Voltage Microbatteries via Multilayer Electrodeposition. In 2019 20th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems & Eurosensors XXXIII (TRANSDUCERS & EUROSENSORS XXXIII) (pp. 789-792). IEEE.
Synodis, M. J., Kim, M., Allen, M. G., & Allen, S. A. B. (2019). 3D lithium ion battery fabrication via scalable stacked multilayer electrodeposition. Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 29(5), 055006.
Synodis, M., Pikul, J., Bidstrup Allen, S.A., Allen, M.G. (2020). Vertically Integrated High Voltage Zn-Air Batteries Enabled by Stacked Multilayer Electrodeposition. Journal of Power Sources, 449, 227566.
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