Brandon Wood

Contact information:

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
7000 East Avenue, L-413
Livermore, CA 94550
email: brandonwood@llnl.gov
phone: (925) 422-8391

Education:

  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, MIT (2007)
  • B.S., Physics; B.A., Slavic Languages and Literature, Stanford University (2001)

Research:

My primary research interests lie in the application of ab initio and mesoscale simulation techniques and high-performance computing to materials for energy storage and conversion. Systems of interest include materials for hydrogen storage, photoelectrochemical cells, batteries, supercapacitors, and electrocatalysts. 

Most of my research activites are centered on "beyond-ideal" materials modeling, which seeks to introduce additional complexities into conventional simulations in an effort to better simulate realistic device operating environments. Examples include process active at solid-liquid and solid-solid interfaces, electrochemical and voltage-induced phenomena, surface functionality, cooperative dynamics, and nonequilibrium behavior. Other key focus areas include the multiscale kinetics of physiochemical and electrochemical processes, as well as the integration of topological and graph-theoretic techniques to simplify and extend descriptions of complex bonding networks such as water. More broadly, I am also involved in the development of simple "descriptors" that use physiochemical principles to efficiently describe and predict processes within high-throughput simulation environments.

I am also the LLNL Laboratory Lead for the Hydrogen Storage Materials Advanced Research Consortium (HyMARC), funded by the Fuel Cell Technologies Office within the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. HyMARC focuses on the foundational understanding of kinetic and thermodynamic phenomena underlying solid-state hydrogen storage, and on the development of open tools for the hydrogen storage research community. 

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