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Gary M. Koenig

Associate Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Chemical Engineering
Office location and address
Chemical Engineering, Room 114
385 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
B.S. Chemical Engineering, ​The Ohio State University, 2004
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009​
​Post-Doc Argonne National Laboratory, 2009-2011

Currently, energy storage is a major challenge for a variety of applications. Batteries with higher energy density, better safety, and lower cost will be needed to continue the deployment of vehicles in the transportation sector that rely on electrical energy to drive their motors. In addition, energy storage is needed to provide energy for intermittent renewable energy sources such as wind and solar when weather conditions limit energy generation. Improving battery performance will require new innovations in battery materials, chemistries, and architectures.

Our research investigates the design of new materials and materials chemistries. This research involves the synthesis, characterization, and evaluation of materials properties using a variety of techniques. The primary area of application that we focus on is rechargeable battery electrode materials.

We are interested in the tailored synthesis of new materials at multiple length scales. At the molecular scale, the physical properties of materials are largely dependent on the stoichiometry and stable structures that can be formed. In addition, nano-scale topographies and geometries can dramatically influence material performance. We investigate hierarchical approaches to simultaneously design materials at the molecular, nanometer, and micrometer length scales. In applications such as lithium-ion battery electrodes, the active materials must be assembled as particles within a composite matrix. We are investigating general strategies to control the interactions between particles to form ordered assemblies. We then determine the relationships between the structure of these ordered assemblies and the physical and electronic properties of the composites they form.

Harnessing A Multidisciplinary Approach to Accelerate High Energy Density Flow Battery Development and Commercialization
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
May 01, 2020 – April 30, 2023
EN-CHE CAREER: Particle and Electrode Engineering of High Voltage Lithium-Ion Cathodes
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
February 15, 2017 – July 31, 2022
Collaborative Research: Understanding the Role of Directional Porosity in Transport and Mechanical Properties of Hierarchical Sintered Metal Oxide Electrodes
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
January 01, 2019 – December 31, 2021
MD-RADL Small-Animal 9.4T MRI for Biomedical Research
Source: U.S. National Institutes of Health Office of the D
August 01, 2019 – July 31, 2021
PFI: AIR-TT: Advancement of Dispersed Particle Electrochemical Devise for Analytical and Energy Storage Applications
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
July 01, 2017 – December 31, 2019
Development of a Device to Improve Lithium-Ion Battery Reliability
Source: Center For Innovative Technology
July 01, 2017 – December 31, 2018
EN-CHE Nanofluid Rechargeable Flow Battery
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
September 01, 2014 – August 31, 2018
EN-CHE I-Corps: Assessment of High Energy Density Flow Battery for Stationary Power Applications
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
January 01, 2016 – June 30, 2016
EN-CHE Integrating Electrochemical Engineering in Course Materials and Student Projects
Source: Dominion Foundation
September 01, 2014 – June 30, 2016
EN-CHE Heirarchical Three-Dimensional Electrode for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries
Source: Virginia Space Grant Consortium
March 04, 2014 – June 01, 2015
Phase I - Powder Synthesis and Composition and Phase II - Casting - Scope of Work for OMEGA
Source: Omega Energy Systems, LLC
March 01, 2013 – May 31, 2013
CHE 2215: Material and Energy Balances
Credits: 3
Introduces the field of chemical engineering, including material and energy balances applied to chemical processes, physical and thermodynamic properties of multi-component systems. Three lecture and one discussion hour. Prerequisite: CHEM 1610, APMA 1110.
APMA 3110: Applied Statistics and Probability
Credits: 3
Examines variability and its impact on decision-making. Introduces students to basic concepts of probability, such as random variables, probability distribution functions, and the central limit theorem. Based on this foundation, the course then emphasizes applied statistics covering topics such as descriptive statistics, statistical inference, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression modeling, statistical quality control. Students cannot receive credit for both this course and APMA 3120. Prerequisite: APMA 2120 or equivalent.
CHE 4995: Chemical Engineering Research
Credits: 1–3
Library and laboratory study of an engineering or manufacturing problem conducted in close consultation with a departmental faculty member, often including the design, construction, and operation of laboratory scale equipment. Requires progress reports and a comprehensive written report. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
CHE 6618: Chemical Reaction Engineering
Credits: 3
Fundamentals of chemical reaction kinetics and mechanisms; experimental methods of determining reaction rates; introduction to heterogeneous catalysis; application of chemical kinetics, along with mass-transfer theory, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics, to the design and operation of chemical reactors. Prerequisite: CHE 6625 and 6665.
CHE 7995: Supervised Project Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to project research for Master of Engineering degree under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
CHE 8897: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For master's students.
CHE 8998: Master's Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.
CHE 9897: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral students.
CHE 9999: Dissertation Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.

National Science Foundation CAREER Award 2017

Robert A. Moore Jr. Award for interactions with industry and preparing students for industrial careers 2017

National Science Foundation Innovation Corps Program 2016

Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow 2015

Virginia Space Grant Consortium New Investigator Award 2014

University of Virginia Nucleus Award 2014