February 14, 2018: Kudos to Jingshu, Richa, Zack, Xuan, Adam, Joaquin, and collaborators for the most recent publication in ACS Nano. This work demonstrates the electronically transparent, physically impermeable, and possesses exceptional adsorption properties of graphene interface, which suggests new reactive strategies that meet challenges in multifaceted electrocatalytic processes. ACS Nano 2018, Just Accepted.
February 2, 2018: Congrats to Mihail, Burt, and Mike for publishing JRL's and the group 50th paper! Also a great reason to celebrate is that this is our first paper with an undergrad first author. Hopefully more to come! Anal. Chem. 2018, Just Accepted.
January 25, 2018: Polyelectrolyte dynamics meet soluble redox-polymers - or how simply changing the salt concentration leads to improved reactivity for applications in energy storage. Congrats to Mark, Kenny, Jasmine, Elena, Joaquin and our collaborators for their publication at the Journal of the American Chemical Society. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, Just Accepted.
January 6-12, 2018: Joaquin and Kenny attended the Gordon Research Conference (and Seminar) for Electrochemistry. Kenny presented a seminar and a poster highlighting our research in redox-active polymers. Joaquin was part of the panel "Finding a Scientific Career in Academia and Industry" and presented a poster about our work with graphene electrochemistry. Also, from our neighboring lab Mei Shen gave an excellent talk at the conference.
December 25, 2017: Happy Holidays!
November, 2017: Joaquin contributed to an interview from the Electrochemical Society regarding the ECS-Toyota Young Investigator Program. We thank our sponsors for giving us the opportunity to try out new ideas! Read the interview
November, 2017: Joaquin took part as a fellow of the 2017 Scialog: Advanced Energy Storage in Tucson, AZ. We thank the Research Corporation for inviting us and allowing us to explore new ideas for cutting-edge battery research, as well as everyone who participated for four days of lively discussion.
November 14, 2017: Congrats to Kenny, Zack and Joaquin for their cover in Chemistry of Material Vol 29, Issue 29. Represented in the cover for this issue is the opening for Brahms Opus 90 (Symphony No. 3) played through redox polymers, particles, and ions, which serve as notes that highlight our interest in energy storage.
October 31, 2017: Kudos to Matt, Matthew, Zach, Burt, Sara, Paramaconi and Joaquin for their paper in Langmuir. This paper discusses high throughput preparation of metal oxide nanocrystals by cathodic corrosion and their use as active photocatalysts. Langmuir. 2017, Just Accepted.
October 19, 2017: We invite you to read the Beckman Institute annual report 2016-2017 titled "Connections". In this report they highlight Kenny's path to becoming a Beckman Fellow in an article titled "What's up, Postdocs? 4 Questions".
October 13, 2017: Congrats to Noah for being awarded for Outstanding Literature Seminar in 2016. JRL lab is really proud of his achievement.
September 23, 2017: JRL Lab at the 2017 Turkey Run Analytical Chemistry Conference.
August 20, 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, ASAP.
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
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 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
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
surface photocatalysis now available in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
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