Senior Scientist and Division Deputy, Science in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA)
Prof. Robert Kostecki is a Senior Scientist and Division Deputy for Science in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He contributes to LBNL scientific, programmatic and strategic leadership in Energy and Environment areas through expanding existing research programs, assistance with development and maintenance of sponsor and partner relationships, and creating new research initiatives. Prof. Kostecki is often recognized for his pioneering work in the field of electrochemical science and engineering, especially in bridging the gap between fundamental science and applications of significant technological importance e.g., electrochemical energy storage and conversion systems. He is particularly interested in basic and applied research that can be used for technological innovation. He is known for his distinguished work in understanding, from a fundamental electrochemical approach, operation and function of electrochemical interfaces in Li-ion batteries, battery degradation modes and failure mechanisms. His research focuses on development and deployment of novel in situ and ex situ characterization techniques and new experimental approaches to study local phenomena in composite electrodes that determine electrochemical performance of electrical energy storage and conversion systems. In his work he also explores the role of electrode materials surface structure in increasing the life and performance of rechargeable batteries, investigates nanostructured materials for new composite architectures, uses advanced optical techniques to probe and monitor mass and charge transport phenomena at electrode-electrolyte interfaces and develops new approaches to maskless nano-lithography with use of Scanning Probe Microscopy.