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Jianer Bao

Jianer Bao has a diverse background and a broad range of research interests. Her main interest focuses on various means of energy storage and conversion, such as batteries and fuel cells, from room temperature to intermediate temperature to high temperature.  She has extensive experience on aqueous, organic, ionic liquid and solid state electrolytes for Li-ion batteries, Li-S batteries, metal-air batteries, hydrogen fuel cells, and solid oxide fuel cells.  Her expertise lies in the fundamental mechanistic study of the electrocatalysis at interfaces.  She is also interested in high-temperature chemistry and all types of thin film deposition/coating for various applications.

Prior to joining PARC, Jianer was a Material Scientist at SRI International where she brought in, led, and contributed to many government and commercial projects, ranging from energy storage and conversion, thin film coating/deposition, pre- and post-combustion CO2 capture,  solar grade Si production and purification, and low-energy nuclear reaction, etc. She also developed a dual particle (e-/H+) source and cryogenic temperature calorimeter.

She also worked as a Ceramic Engineer at General Electric (GE) Asia Technology Center, where she was responsible for developing a new manufacture line for GE Lucalox® transparent alumina tubes production used in high-pressure sodium lamp using the slurry extrusion approach instead of conventional piston protrusion. Jianer invented a novel, quick method for sintered tube curvature measurement. She was also responsible for sourcing and improving GE reliable starting aid printing using low-cost screen printing machines.

Dr. Bao holds a Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and an M.S. and B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University in China. She has more than 30 scientific papers, presentations, and invited talks.