Our group focuses on two research areas: advanced laser materials processing and energy technology.
In advanced laser materials processing, ultrafast lasers are used to understand light-matter interactions and to develop direct-writing techniques to fabricate functional material structures in 2D and 3D. Ultrafast lasers allow confinement in temporal space, in addition to the spatial component, enabling increased control over heat transfer and photon dynamics for various applications. In energy technology, we explore various energy storage materials and perform characterization studies to acquire fundamental understanding of the energy storage mechanism.
The two research areas create a synergy through exchange of fundamental knowledge acquired in each area and by utilizing laser processing techniques as a powerful tool-kit to ablate, modify, or create materials. Our long term goal is to resolve the imbalance between theoretical advancements and experimental realizations and to aid in technology transfer from lab-scale to manufacturing. For example, development in advanced laser materials processing techniques will resolve many problems arising during large-scale manufacturing and the understanding gained from studying the mechano-electrochemical coupling will resolve the mechanical stress evolution issue which is one of the main problems in large-scale manufacturing of energy storage systems.
- 2021 Alda Center’s Women in STEM Leadership ProgramDr. Kang is participating in the 2021 Alda Center’s Women in STEM Leadership Program. https://aldacenter.org/professional-development/WiSLP.php Our group welcomes anyone who’s interested in laser processing applications and energy storage! 🙂Posted on November 9, 2021
- New publicationInvestigating Mechano-Electrochemical Coupling Phenomenon in Lithium-Ion Pouch Cells Using In-situ Neutron DiffractionPosted on October 7, 2021
- Invited talk @ Wesleyan University 11/04Dr. Kang will give an invited talk on “Use of light in advanced additive manufacturing: from digital light processing to ultrafast laser direct writing” at Wesleyan University on Nov 04.Posted on September 20, 2021
Contact the Kang Group
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Engineering Science Building #511
181 Auditorium Rd.
Storrs CT 06269