Rodríguez - López Laboratory


JRL Lab News

July 10, 2017: Congrats to Kenny, Zack and Joaquin for their paper in Chemistry of Materials. This perspective highlights the challenges that are present in charge mobility and propagation in different redox active materials.
Chem. Mater. 2017, Accepted.

August 3, 2017: Kudos to Taeyoung for his poster presentation at the Chemistry Poster Session in UIUC. Great Job!

July 10, 2017: Congrats to our collaborators from Prof. Smith's group along with Elena, Shaoyi, and Joaquin for their published work in Journal of Power Sources where they address the balance between ionic conductivity of RAP solutions, viscosity, reactor cost and pumping pressure for flow batteries

J. Power Sources 2017, 361, 334.

July 6, 2017: We have now assembled our Fantastic 4 of Ph.D. graduates! Kudos to Jingshu on succesfully defending your thesis!

June 9, 2017: JRL group annual BBQ

June, 2017: Our students featured in the newsletters of the top electrochemistry societies in the US:

Jingshu is featured in the ECS Newsletter as a K.M. Abraham travel awardee. During the PRiME 2016 conference, Jingshu delivered a talk regarding her work on ion intercalation on ultra-thin graphene electrodes, which was also awarded the best symposium talk by a student

Burt is featured in the
SEAC Communications as one of the 2017 SEAC Student Travel Award Winners

June 16, 2017: Kudos to Zach, Noah, Kenny, Jingshu, Burt and Elena for their paper in Langmuir. SECM meets nano meets Raman: instant redox in a nanobowl

Langmuir 2017, Accepted.

June 12, 2017: We have our third PhD from the JRL Lab! Congrats Mark on succesfully defending your thesis!

June 5, 2017: We just doubled the amount of PhDs from the JRL Lab! Congrats Burt on succesfully defending your thesis! Now we have two PhDs from our lab!

June 5, 2017: Congrats to Mihail for being named a recipient of the
Eastern Analytical Symposium Student Research Award, rewarding his research ability in analytical chemistry. Mihail works on the use of scanning electrochemical microscopy for the elucidation of reaction intermediate reactivity on photocatalysts

June 5, 2017: We are really happy to announce that Mark and Kenny were selected as the 2016 winners of the
"Norman Hackerman Young Author Award" . The Norman Hackerman Young Author Award was established in 1928 and is the second oldest award given by ECS. The award is given for the best paper published in the Journal of The Electrochemical Society by a young author or co-authors in the volume year preceding the award.

June 3, 2017: Congratulations to Elena and Joaquin on their paper in the Journal of the Electrochemical Society describing the benefits of using redox active polymers for a size-exclusion approach in prototype flow batteries.

J. Electrochem. Soc. 2017, 164(7), A1688-A1694.

May 14, 2017: Congratulations to the graduating class from the JRL group!

May 10, 2017 Congratulations to Zack Barton on successfully defending the dissertation "Spatially Resolved Ionic Measurements with Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy"! Zack is the first Ph.D. graduate from the Rodriguez-Lopez Lab, thanks for your dedication and interesting work!

April 27, 2017: Kenny and Joaquin contributed to the article "Life as a Posdoc" for the Daily Illini. The article discusses about the daily routine of a postdoc and the job prospects after the postdoctoral term is over.

April 25, 2017: Congratulations to Zack, Jingshu, Noah, and Joaquin on their publication in Electrochimica Acta distinguishing between potassium ion intercalation and SEI formation processes during electrochemical energy storage!

Electrochim. Acta, 2017, 241, 98-105.

April 22, 2017 As part of the "Dads and Daughters Do Science 2017" event held by the local Society of Women in Engineering (SWE) chapter, Zack led elementary and middle-school girls through a classic liquid nitrogen ice cream demonstration.

April 19, 2017 We are proud of Mark for being selected to participate in the Milliken research symposium.

April 6, 2017: Joaquin was selected as a Scialog Fellow for the upcoming Advanced Energy Storage session. Thanks to the Research Corporation for contributing to this important dialogue!

April 5, 2017 Our symposium "Synthesis and Characterization of Materials for Energy Applications during the Spring ACS Meeting in San Francisco was a success! Thanks to all participants, attendees and sponsors!

April 3, 2017 Elena was distinguished by the Graduate College with an Academic Excellence recognition, thanks to her outstanding record and her high quality publications. Congrats!

March 30, 2017 Joaquin delivered a set of presentations at Eureka College as invited speaker for the "Jackson Day" series. It was a pleasure and an honor to join the outstanding list of past speakers for this event.

March, 2017: Watch Elena discuss her recent publication, "Redox Active Colloids as Discrete Energy Carriers".

March 10-11, 2017: JRL Lab during the Beckman Institute open house. Our demo was titled "Batteries of the Future" and consisted of simple battery demonstrations and exploring the different forms of carbon. We want to say thanks to Marie, Mike, Matt, Zack, Zach, Burt, Nick, Elena and Kenny for organizing and helping during the event.

March 5-9, 2017: JRL Lab had a strong presence during Pittcon 2017, presenting 6 posters and 7 talks. Joaquin received the 2017 Royce W. Murray Young Investigator by the Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC). Congrats Joaquin!

February 13, 2017: Congratulations to Zack and Joaquin on their back-to-back papers in Analytical Chemistry describing SECM positioning and imaging with ionic species.
The first paper builds the theory surrounding stripping-based cyclic voltammetry probe approach curves and provides practical tools for their implementation. Anal. Chem., 2017, 89, 2708.

The second paper introduces Hg disc-well UMEs as new ion-sensitive platforms for SECM and demonstrates their superior performance for stripping-based positioning and imaging.
Anal. Chem., 2017, 89, 2716.

February 11, 2017: The senior grad students and Joaquin presented in the Center for Electrochemistry Workshop in Austin. It was great to share science with our academic family!

February 10, 2017: Beautiful view from the JRL Lab perspective

February 8, 2017: Congrats to Mark for being selected to present his research at the 2017 Milliken Graduate Research Symposium.

February, 2016: Joaquin was elected by his colleagues as a member of the board for the Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC) for the period 2017-2022 � We are glad to contribute to our beautiful field!

January 23, 2017: JRL lab during the Cena y Ciencias (Supper and Science) outreach activity. Cena y Ciencias is a collaborative scientific outreach program in the bilingual community of the Urbana Public School District. Thanks to Elena, Kenny and Marie for your help and participation during this event.

January 8, 2016: Our group was mentioned in an article "Better Batteries Charge Forward"
by Science News, featuring parts of our work on polymer flow batteries as part of JCESR. Very interesting read!

December 25, 2016: Happy Holidays!

December 13, 2016: We are excited to announce that Elena won the ACS Diversity Program Travel Award. With this award Elena will be able to present her research at one of the National ACS meetings in 2017.

November 27, 2016: : Kenny, Elena and Joaquin attended the MRS 2016 Fall meeting in Boston, we were glad to exchange new ideas for energy materials.

November 14, 2016: We are glad to contribute in the cover art for the Accounts of Chemical Research special issue Nanoelectrochemistry.
RAPs in the house!!!

October 28, 2016: Great job from the JRL lab at the 2016 Turkey Run Analytical Conference. We had two excellent oral presentations from Burt and Zack and seven posters.

October 24, 2016: JRL Lab welcome the new first year graduate students Marie and Mike!

October 16, 2016: JRL lab is really proud of Elena and Burt for winning best oral presentation and best poster respectively. Elena won the Graduate Student Oral Presentation Award in Chemistry at the 2016 SACNAS Conference. Burt won the best poster award and later highlighted his research by giving a 5 minutes chalk talk at the 2016 MUACC conference.

October 10, 2016: Jingshu did an excellent job representing the JRL lab at the PRiME 2016 conference. We want to congratulate her for winning the best oral presentation award. In the photo Jingshu is with Prof. K. M. Abraham from Northeastern University Center for Renewable Energy Technologies.

October 01, 2016: JRL lab during the Cena y Ciencias (Supper and Science) outreach activity. Cena y Ciencias is a collaborative scientific outreach program in the bilingual community of the Urbana Public School District. Thanks to Elena, Kenny, Zach, Citlali, Mei and Joaquin for your help and participation during this event.

September 30, 2016: Congrats to Mark, Kenny and Jingshu for their paper in Chemistry of Materials about the impact of backbone tether length and structure on the electrochemical performance of viologen redox active polymers Chem. Mater., 2016, In Press."

September 27, 2016: Congrats to Mark for his review paper in the special issue of Nanoelectrochemistry in Accounts of Chemical Research. The review highlights redox active polymers (RAPs) and related polymer colloids as soluble nanoscopic energy storing units that enable the simple but powerful size-exclusion concept for nonaqueous flow batteries
Acc. Chem. Res., 2016, Article ASAP

September 21, 2016: Congrats to Zach, Burt and Noah for their paper in the Analytical Chemistry Journal. The paper shows a new methodology for the fast approach of nanoelectrodes to surfaces.
Anal. Chem., 2016, In Press

September 15, 2016: Congrats to Elena, Jingshu, Mark, Marissa and Kenny for their paper in the Journal of the American Chemical Society about the synthesis and electrochemical characterization of Redox Active Colloids for Energy Storage Applications
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, In Press

September 13, 2016: Congrats to Xuan, Zach, Burt, Jingshu and Zack for their paper in ACS nano about Electrochemical Imaging of Photoanodic Water Oxidation Enhancements on TiO2 Thin Films Modified by Sub-Surface Al Nano-Dimers
ACS Nano, 2016, In Press

September 1, 2016: Congrats to Jingshu on being selected for one of the K.M. Abraham Travel Awards to assist with the cost of attending the PRiME Meeting

August 26, 2016: JRL group had a great time at the ISE meeting! Joaquin, Mark and Burt presented highlights on Battery interphase imaging, polymer electrochemistry and photocatalysis.
Congrats to Mark for winning the division 6 " Molecular Electrochemistry" travel award.
Congrats to Burt for winning a best poster award.

August, 2016: Congrats to Joaquin for being named on the
"List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students" Spring 2016.

August 4, 2016: Congrats to Jasmine and Mikhail for their poster presentaions at the Chemistry Poster Session in UIUC. Great Job!

July 15, 2016: Joaquin is a recipient of the 2016-2017 Electrochemical Society - Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship,
announced by the society. Our group is proud to explore new concepts in electrocatalysis and electroanalysis

Featured also in EurekAlert!

Summer 2016: Joaquin is the 2017 Royce W. Murray Young Investigator by the
Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC). Our group is proud to explore new concepts in electrochemical analysis.

Visit the
SEAC Newsletter.

June 24, 2016: Jingshu and a group of talented undergrads published their work in Electrochimica Acta regarding the utilization of graphene as an interface between metal substrates and solution phase redox probes
Electrochimica Acta, 2016, 211, 1016-1023.

July 14, 2016: Congrats to our collaborator Prof. Fernando J. Uribe Romo for his paper in Journal of the American Chemical Society titled "Mechanically Shaped 2-Dimensional Covalent Organic Frameworks Reveal Crystallographic Alignment and Fast Li-Ion Conductivity"
J. Am. Chem. Soc., Just Accepted Manuscript

June 2016: JRL group BBQ party!

June 2016: The JRL group starts its NSF-DMR funded research into visualizing energy storage processes on ultra-thin electrodes!

June 15, 2016: Exploring the link between structure and reactivity, we are proud to share our collaborative work in elucidating
surface photocatalysis now available in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

June 9, 2016: Joaquin participated as invited panelist in the
Regional Clean Energy Innovation Forum at Purdue University.

June 5, 2016: New travel support for
MUACC 2016 @ UIUC is available for early career scientists!

May 28, 2016: Joaquin came back from a minitour in the West, visiting the University of Utah, and participating as invited speaker in the
Beyond Lithium Ion IX conference.

May 28, 2016: Joaquin joins the
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at UIUC as a Faculty Affiliate. We will collaborate within the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group. We are glad to join and start collaborations on exciting topics!

May 18, 2016: Joaquin is awarded the East Central Illinois ACS Local Section "Distinguished Service Award 2016" ... We are glad to help out in Chemistry outreach

May 12, 2016: Elena is awarded a Ford Foundation 2016 Predoctoral Fellowship for showing an outstanding promise as a future scholar, researcher and teacher. Congrats to Elena for this outstanding achievement!

April 26, 2016:
MUACC 2016 will be held at UIUC - an important event for the JRL lab and part of the history of analytical chemistry in our department

April 26, 2016: The JRL group is proud of former undergraduate student Timothy Lichtenstein, now graduate student at Penn State, for receiving a the Nuclear Energy University Program-Integrated University Program fellowship. The program funds research that advances nuclear power as a resource. His research will develop electrochemical methods to reduce the volume of nuclear waste.

April 8, 2016: Elena wins the Argonne Hispanic/Latino Club Scholarship, a Student Leadership Award by the office of Student Affairs at the University. Congratulations!

April 7, 2016: Dr. Kenneth Hernandez-Burgos becomes a Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate - Proffesorial Advancement Initiative (AGEP-PAI) Postdoctoral Scholar... Excellent opportunities to come!

April 4, 2016: Congrats to Mark for winning the Academic Excellence and Good Citizenship award

March 31, 2016: Mark Burgess wins the Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research Fellowship (DOE SCGSR) - He will soon be visiting the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for cool in-situ TEM experiments

March 30, 2016: Congrats to Mark and Kenny for their paper in Analyst about the impact of electrolyte composition on the reactivity of redox active polymers Analyst, 2016, In Press

March 4, 2016: Congrats to Jingshu and Mark for their paper in ACS nano about proving Li ion intercalation mechanism in few layer graphene
ACS Nano, 2016, In Press

February 25, 2016: Congrats to Zack for his paper in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry about Emerging scanning probe approaches to the measurement of ionic reactivity at energy storage material
Anal. Bioanal. Chem., 2016, In Press

February 24, 2016: Learn more about our contribution in JCESR for polymer batteries!


February 23, 2016:
Joaquin has been named a 2016 Sloan Fellow . The Rodriguez-Lopez lab is happy to share the excitement of contributing better techniques and better materials for batteries.

February 15, 2016: Congratulations to Kenneth for being awarded a prestigious 2016 Beckman Research Fellowship! Kenny will be collaborating with the groups of Jeff Moore and Cathy Murphy in developing an advanced polymer electrolyte for flow batteries and expanding his training and knowledge using the top-notch facilities at the UIUC Beckman Institute.

December 24, 2015: Happy Hollidays!

December 8, 2015: Electrochemistry Bootcamp day 1: Basic Electrochemical Methods

December 7, 2015: Electrochemistry Bootcamp days announcement

November 27, 2015: Joaquin completed his tour in the UK, visiting Cambridge, Oxford, Warwick and Birmingham together with our JCESR folks. Presentations given at the UK Energy Storage Conference and in Birmingham. We thank all our friends in the UK for a great time, Cheers!

November 24, 2015: Thanks to our collaborators in JCESR and Argonne National Lab for the cool photoshoot of our lab activities -Good work and looking good.

November 13, 2015: Congrats to Burt for his paper in the Journal of the American Chemical Society about the use of nanoelectrodes to see surface defects influencing adsorbate reactivity in situ. J. Am. Chem. Soc., (2015), 137 (47), 14865

November 4, 2015: Joaquin is higlighted in the
JCESR Newsletter: Issue Three

November 4, 2015: Redox flow batteries project is higlighted in the JCESR Newsletter: Issue Three

October 30, 2015: Congrats to Mark for passing his Prelim exam! Now he is a Ph.D. Candidate!

October 26, 2015: JRL Lab welcome the new first year graduate students Zach, Matt and Noah!

October 25, 2015: Congrats to Mark and Kenny for their paper on the electrochemical characterization of soluble redox active polymers

October 3, 2015: Congrats to Mark for his excellent talk at the Turkey Run Analytical Chemistry Conference 2015

October 2, 2015: Congrats to Elena, Jingshu, Zack and Kenny for their excellent poster presentations at the Turkey Run Analytical Chemistry Conference 2015


July 1, 2015: JRL Lab welcome the new postdoc Kenneth Hernandez-Burgos from Cornell University

June 1, 2015: JRL Lab welcome the new REU students Sona Avetian and Marissa Kneer

May 27, 2015: Burt presented an awesome talk in the ECSorg meeting in Chicago about the imaging of photocatalysts in operando using SECM! Kudos

May 27, 2015: JRL was glad to present at the inaugural Bard award symposium: Congratulations to Henry White!

May 27, 2015: Joaquin was in Pittsburgh to receive the SACP starter grant - interesting data to come with our redox titrations!

May 16, 2015: Congrats to Richa, Tim and Phil for their graduation! #ILLINOIS2015 Thanks for filling our lab with energy and awesome science!

April 29, 2015: Congrats to Burt for his first review on photocatalysis - such science x2!

April 29, 2015: Congrats to Burt for his first paper on redox titrations of photocatalysts - such science!

April 29, 2015: Congrats to Mark for receiving a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship! Exciting results coming!

December 2, 2014: Burt gets a departmental award to present his cool SECM studies of photocatalysts at the 2014 MRS Fall meeting in Boston

December 2, 2014: Mark wins best poster at Turkey Run Analytical Conference for his work on liquid-liquid interfaces, congrats!

December 2, 2014: We welcome Elena to the lab!

December 2, 2014: Cheers to Jingshu and Tim for our first JACS paper!

December 2, 2014: Cheers to Zachary Barton and the JRL group for our first paper in analytical Chemistry!

December 2, 2014: News from Summer 2014! Congratulations to Zachary Barton for being awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

December 2, 2014: News from Summer 2014! Congratulations to Jingshu Hui for the invitation to join the NIST Summer School 2014 - neutrons!

December 1, 2014: Congratulations to Undergraduate student Philip Benson for being selected as 2014 Dow Undergraduate Research Fellow!

December 1, 2014: Congratulations to Undergraduate students Minseok Kim and Richa Bhargava for obtaining Gieseking research fellowships!

September 8, 2014: Joaquin is featured in the new issue of C&EN!