Rechargeable batteries (energy storage) for electric vehicles and renewable energy sources, functional ceramics materials for energy storage and conversion, operando characterization (electron scattering, x-ray and neutron scattering), first principles computation guided materials discovery and design.
Shirley Meng, Associate professor of NanoEngineering at the University of California San Diego, heads an interdisciplinary laboratory focused on energy storage (batteries and supercapacitors) & conversion (solar and magnetic). Dr. Shirley Meng received her Ph.D. in Advance Materials for Micro & Nano Systems from the Singapore-MIT Alliance in 2005, after which she worked as a postdoc research fellow and became a research scientist at MIT before joining University of Florida, Department of Materials Science & Engineering as a junior faculty member. Shirley is currently the associate professor in the Department of NanoEngineering, University of California San Diego (UCSD). She received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award in 2011 and UCSD Chancellor's Interdisciplinary Collaboratories Award in 2013. Shirley Meng pioneered in combining first principles computation with highly skilled experiments (in operando characterization with X-ray, Neutron and Electron scattering) for designing and optimizing electrode materials for lithium ion, sodium ion and aqueous based rechargeable batteries. The more recent programs include the design, processing, and in situ characterization of energy storage materials in TEM; new intercalation materials for sodium ion batteries; and advanced flow batteries for grids large scale storage.
Since 2009, Shirley Meng has served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of NanoEngineering. From 2008 to 2009, Meng held an Assistant Professor position in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. From 2007 to 2008, Meng worked as a Research Scientist in Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Ph.D., 2005, National University of Singapore, Singapore-MIT Alliance.