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Schlenker Battery Lab
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Our Research


The Schlenker Group integrates synthetic chemistry, spectroscopy, and device engineering to reveal fundamental principles and advanced materials design concepts with technological relevance. Example targets include low-cost, high-efficiency solar photovoltaics, stable high-capacity rechargeable batteries, and scalable photocatalysts. Our unifying scientific goal is to more deeply understand electronic dynamics within heterogeneous condensed phases by measuring the system response under its native operating conditions using advanced spectroscopic techniques. 

Our Tools


1) Our materials design strategies are informed by physical characterization, such as femtosecond optical pump-probe spectroscopy, time-resolved luminescence, electrochemistry, time-resolved electrical measurements, in situ and ex situ structural characterization, and much more. 


2) From surface chemistry to molecular semiconducting dyes to functional nanostructure composites, we make materials to test targeted, data-driven physical hypotheses.


Washington Research Foundation Innovation

Associate Professor of Chemistry & Clean Energy


Department of Chemistry &

UW Clean Energy Institute 
Bagley Hall
Seattle, WA 98195



schlenk [at]

Meghna Shankar wins Mary Gates Undergraduate Research Scholarship
Dec 11, 2021

Congratulations to Meghna Shankar on being awarded the Mary Gates Undergraduate Research Scholarship!

Emma Cave's Ion Pairing Dynamics Article Published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Oct 8, 2021

Emma Cave's article, "Ion-Pairing Dynamics Revealed by Kinetically Resolved In Situ FTIR Spectroelectrochemistry during Lithium-Ion Storage" is now available online from ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. Congratulations to Emma!

Dr. Doyk Hwang's article published in ChemComm
Aug 23, 2021

Dr. Doyk Hwang's article, "Photochemistry of carbon nitrides and heptazine derivatives" is now available online from Chemical Communications. Congratulations to Doyk!

Dr. Tim Pollock's work on charge trapping dynamics published in JPCC
Aug 23, 2021

Dr. Tim Pollock's article, "Charge Trapping Dynamics Revealed in CH3NH3PbI3 by Ultrafast Multipulse Spectroscopy" is now available online from the Journal of Physical Chemistry C. Congratulations to Tim!

Dr. Doyk Hwang awarded Mistletoe Research Fellowship
Aug 10, 2021

Dr. Doyk Hwang has been named a 2021-2022 Mistletoe Research Fellow. This professional development program awards research grants to postdoctoral fellows and advanced PhD candidates as well as providing the opportunity to collaborate with startups with a high potential for social and humanitarian impact. Congratulations to Doyk!

Emily Rabe's Intermolecular Hydrogen Bonding paper published in J. Phys. Chem. B.
Dec 14, 2020

Emily Rabe's article, "Intermolecular Hydrogen Bonding Tunes Vibronic Coupling in Heptazine Complexes" is now available online from the Journal of Physical Chemistry B. Congratulations to Emily!

Vanessa Zambrano wins “Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation” at the 2020 Duke University Energy Conference
Nov 10, 2020

Vanessa Zambrano joined the Schlenker lab for the summer through the Clean Energy Bridge to Research (CEBR) program. She was selected as a top five finalist to present the poster of her summer work, “Electrostatic Influence on the Electrode/Electrolyte Interface via Electrode Surface Modification”, at the Duke University Energy Conference. For her presentation, she was awarded “Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation”. Way to go Vanessa!

Emma Cave wins poster award at 2020 Orcas
Sep 4, 2020

Congratulations to Emma Cave for getting the top poster award for her session at Orcas 2020!

Sarah Pristash Wins CEI DIRECT Fellowship
Aug 25, 2020

Sarah Pristash has been named among the 2020 Clean Energy Institute DIRECT Graduate Fellows by UW's Clean Energy Institute (CEI). Way to go Sarah!

Timothy Pollock defends his thesis
Aug 19, 2020

​​Congrats to Timothy Pollock on receiving his PhD! Tim has accepted a position at the Molecular Analysis Facility here at UW, and we wish him good luck!

Emily Rabe defends her thesis
Aug 5, 2020

Congrats to Emily Rabe on receiving her PhD! Emily has accepted a position as a Research Engineer at Membrion here in Seattle, and we wish her good luck on this new adventure!

Photochemistry Featured on Front Cover of JPCC
Apr 30, 2020

Katie Corp's ultrafast pump-push-probe transient absorption study of the photochemistry of heptazine molecular complexes was featured on the Front Cover of The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. Congratulations, Katie

Research Areas

Physical Chemistry

Photophysics and Electrochemistry 

Operando Spectroscopy

Solar Energy and Energy Storage​

Solid State Devices

Organic and Hybrid Materials

Advanced Materials Chemistry