- Postdoctoral Fellow in Materials Science & Mechanical Engineering
I currently study organic flow batteries for grid-scale energy storage as part of a collaborative project between professors Michael Aziz, Roy Gordon, and Alán Aspuru-Guzik. The Aspuru-Guzik theory team screens thousands of organic molecules called quinones for the ones that have good electrochemical properties. I then synthesize some of these quinones in the Gordon lab, and test them in batteries in the Aziz Lab. More information on this project is available here:
This project has resulted in a publication in Nature:
"A metal-free organic-inorganic aqueous flow battery"
Huskinson, B.; Marshak, M. P.; Suh, C.; Er, S.; Gerhardt, M. R.; Galvin, C. J.; Chen, X.; Aspuru-Guzik, A.; Gordon, R. G.; Aziz, M. J. Nature 2014, 505, 195. (Link)(Full-Text)
Michael received his B.A. in Chemistry at Cornell University and his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry at MIT. While at Cornell, he studied organometallic chemistry of early transition metals under the guidance of Prof. Peter Wolczanksi. These studies focused on olefin-alkylidene rearrangements and C–H bond activation using niobium, tantalum, and tungsten complexes. At MIT, he joined the lab of Prof. Daniel Nocera studying high-valent first-row transition metals. This research identified redox-activity in β-diketiminate ligands, nitrile insertion in metal-aryl bonds, and the spectrochemical properties of chromium (IV) siloxide. Before commencing his postdoctoral studies with Prof. Michael Aziz at Harvard, he hiked 2668 miles from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. He enjoys being outdoors, preferably skiing, hiking, or fishing.