Emmeline Kao

Assistant Professor
Emmeline Kao
Contact Information

Macdonald Engineering Building, Room 350

Email address: 
emmeline.kao [at] mcgill.ca

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of California Berkeley

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of California Berkeley

B.S.E. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

Research areas: 
Design and Manufacturing
Selected publications: 
  • Kao E., Liang Q., Rez-Kallah Bertholet G., Park H.S., Bae J.W., Lu J., Lin L., "Electropolymerized Polythiophene Photoelectrodes for Photocatalytic Water Splitting and Hydrogen Production," Sensors and Actuators: A, Vol. 277, 2018.
  • Kao E., Yang E., Warren R., Kozinda A., Lin L., "ALD Titanium Nitride on Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotube Forests for Electrochemical Supercapacitors," Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, Vol. 240, 2016.
  • Zang X., Shen C., Kao E., Warren R., Zhang R., Teh K.S., Zhong J., Wei M., Li B., Chu Y., Sanghadasa M., Schwartzberg A., Lin L., "Titanium Disulfide-Carbon Nanotube Electrodes Enable High Energy Density Pseudocapacitors," Advanced Materials, Vol. 30, 2018.
  • Jang H.S., Seong B., Zang X., Bae J., Lee H., Kao E., Yang C., Cho D.H., Kang K, Park H.S., Liu Y., Byun D., Lin L., "Ultrafast Growth of Large 2D Silver Nanosheets by Highly Ordered Biological Template at Air/Gel Interface," Advanced Materials Interfaces, 2018.
  • Kao E., Park H.S., Zang X., Lin L., "A Novel Approach to Black Titania Fabrication via Atomic Layer Deposition for Energy Storage Applications," IEEE Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems 2018. Belfast, Ireland. January 2018.
  • Kao E., Jang H.S., Zang X., Lin L., "Synthesis and Integration of 2D Iron Phosphate Sheets for Energy Storage Devices," IEEE Transducers 2017. Kaohsiung, Taiwan. June 2017.
  • Park H.S.*,Kao E.*, ,Zang X.,Lin L.,"High aspect ratio-titanium dioxide-stabilized zinc oxide nanowires for photocatalytic hydrogen gas harvester," IEEE MEMS 2017. Las Vegas, Nevada. January 2017.
Current research: 
  • atomic manipulation of surfaces
  • fabrication of ordered, nano-structured materials
  • spatial atomic layer deposition
  • electrochemical energy storage
  • solid state energy storage
Areas of interest: 

Energy storage has long faced a trade-off between commercial viability and performance: recent advances in device architecture, nano-scaling, and battery chemistry have achieved vastly improved energy and power density, but no known commercial production method can mass-produce such carefully texturized and tuned devices. Successful approaches to lowering the cost ($/kWh) of storage have been limited to minor alterations in manufacturing or engineering approaches only. Furthermore, recent literature has shown no major, viable changes to electrochemical energy storage (EES) structure or chemistry at the production scale.

My research group's mission is to bridge the gap between nano-/micro-scale devices and large-scale power systems through innovative energy solutions. Specifically, by developing integrated solid-state, highly texturized, thin-film-based EES, we aim to utilize nanotechnology to implement fundamentally new methods of EES and manufacturing at nano-scale. We work at the intersection of MEMS fabrication, materials science, manufacturing, and solid-state mechanics, seeking to understand their interconnected, complex dynamics in EES through advanced experimental methods. If this interests you as much as it does us, contact us at ekao.mecheng [at] mcgill.ca to talk about joining our team.

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