And a delayed welcome to Kassia Symstad!

We are very happy to welcome Kassia Symstad to our lab.  She actually joined us in November 2018 and I am very late in updating our website.  Kassia is a University of Chicago grad with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.  She plans to continue her education next year and we are excited about her pending electrochemical contributions to the OESL.

Shane Mann

Another stellar research and lab guru is moving on to further education….

Shane started with the OESLab as an intern during the summer of 2015.  He continued on to graduate from Central Michigan University and started working for us full time in January 2017.  In the two years he has worked here he has mentored two summers of interns and made huge contributions to all of our research, but primarily organic flow cell electrolytes.  Beyond the numerous research contributions that Shane has made, he has been a MAJOR asset to the lab as far as organization, operation, and publications.

Shane started grad school at Pittsburg State University in January.  Congratulations and kudos to Shane.  His future is very bright.

Thanks for spending part of your journey with us.

2019 Summer Internship applicants now accepted

Below is the flyer for the 2019 summer internship program.  Also included is a graphic depicting the kinds of projects available here at the OESL.

If you are interested in applying please provide:

1) Resume

2) Cover letter indicating area of research of greatest interest to you

3) Minimum of one reference

4) List of college level science courses you have completed

Please email applications to Laura Ives at

We are looking forward to seeing your applications!

Tom Guarr and Jolt Energy win Ocean Exchange Orcelle Award

Congratulations to Tom Guarr for being presented the 2018 Ocean Exchange Orcelle Award on October 9th in Savannah, Georgia!

The WW Orcelle® Award 2018 $100,000 USD is given to the solution that can make our logistic operations more sustainable by advancing high-efficiency or zero-emission technologies that are commercially viable.

AIMES 2018 in Cancun

The Americas International Meeting on Electrochemistry and Solid State Science was held in Cancun this year.  Dr Tom Guarr and Shane Mann from the OESLab attended with Dr Adina Dumitrascu and Dr Dan Henton from the Midland St. Andrews lab.  Shane and Adina presented posters. 

The summer of 2018 = the summer of the female chemical engineer

There has been a lot of push lately to get women involved in the STEM fields, and if our lab is any indication, it seems to be working.  This summer we had three female chemical engineers join our lab as interns…. and that was our entire cohort of interns.  Brittney, Bridget and Nora were all great contributors.  Although the OESL is primarily involved in organic chemistry synthesis, we have found that many of the successful “synthesizers” are engineers.  We also bring them aboard for more traditional engineering roles like economic analysis and battery cell design and construction.

The summer of 2018 presented a challege for Tom Guarr, our principal researcher, as he had to split his time between the OESL and Argonne Labs.  But many people stepped in to help lead our lab to a great summer.  Many thanks to Nick Mortimer, Shane Mann, Jason Gillmore and Anthony Porath for stepping in and ensuring success.