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Jennifer Schaefer

Jennifer L. Schaefer


Phone: 574-631-5114

Office: 205G McCourtney Hall


Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, 2014

M.Eng., B.Ch.E., Chemical Engineering, Widener University, 2008

B.S., Chemistry, Widener University, 2008


Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame, 2015 - present                                                                                                                                           NRC Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 2014 - 2015                                                                                                     Adjunct Lecturer, Tompkins Cortland Community College, 2013


Selected Publications

L. C. Merrill and J. L. Schaefer, “The influence of interfacial chemistry on magnesium electrodeposition in non-nucleophilic electrolytes using sulfone-ether mixtures,” Frontiers in Chemistry, 7, 194, 2019.

H. O. Ford, L. C. Merrill, P. He, S. P. Upadhyay, and J. L. Schaefer, “Cross-Linked Ionomer Gel Separators for Polysulfide Shuttle Mitigation in Magnesium–Sulfur Batteries: Elucidation of Structure–Property Relationships,” Macromolecules, 51, 8333-9068, 2018.

L. C. Merrill and J. L. Schaefer, "Conditioning-Free Electrolytes for Magnesium Batteries Using Sufone-Ether Mixtures with Increased Thermal Stability," Chemistry of Materials, 30(12), 3971-3974, 2018.

C. T. Elmore, M. E. Seidler, H. O. Ford, L. C. Merrill, S. P. Upadhyay, W. F. Schneider, and J. L. Schaefer, "Ion Transport in Solvent-Free, Crosslinked, Single-Ion Conducting Polymer Electrolytes for Post-Lithium Ion Batteries," Batteries, 4(2), 28, 2018.

L. C. Merrill and J. L. Schaefer. "Electrochemical Properties and Speciation in Mg(HMDS)2-Based Electrolytes for Magnesium Batteries as a Function of Ethereal Solvent Type and Temperature," Langmuir33(37), 9426-9433, 2017.

S. Takeuchi, W. R. McGehee, J. L. Schaefer, T. M. Wilson, K. A. Twedt, E. H. Chang, C. L. Soles, V. P. Oleshko, and J. J. McClelland. "Editors' Choice Communication - Comparison of Nanoscale Focused Ion Beam and Electrochemical Lithiation in b-Sn Microspheres," Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 163(6), A1010-A1012, 2016.

V. P. Oleshko, J. Kim, J. L. Schaefer, S. D. Hudson, C. L. Soles, A. G. Simmonds, J. G. Griebel, R. S. Glass, K. Char, and J. Pyun. “Structural origins of enhanced capacity retention in novel copolymerized sulfur-based composite cathodes for high-energy density Li–S batteries,” MRS Communications, 5(3), 353-364, 2015.

R. Khurana, J. L. Schaefer, L. A. Archer, and G. W. Coates, “Suppression of Lithium Dendrite Growth Using Cross-Linked Polyethylene/Polyethylene Oxide Electrolytes: A New Approach for Practical Lithium-Metal Polymer Batteries,” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136(20), 7395-7402, 2014.

S. Srivastava, J. L. Schaefer, Z. Yang, Z. Tu, and L. A. Archer, “Polymer-Particle Composites: Phase Stability and Applications in Electrochemical Energy Storage,” Advanced Materials, 26(2), 201-234, 2014.

J. L. Schaefer, D. A. Yanga, and L. A. Archer, “High lithium transference number electrolytes via creation of 3-dimensional, charged, nanoporous networks from dense functionalized nanoparticle composites,” Chemistry of Materials, 25, 834-839, 2013.

J. L. Schaefer, Y. Lu, S. S. Moganty, P. Agarwal, N. Jayaprakash, and L. A. Archer, “Electrolytes for high-energy lithium batteries,” Applied Nanoscience, 2012.

J. L. Schaefer, S. S. Moganty, D. A. Yanga, and L. A. Archer, “Nanoporous hybrid electrolytes,” Journal of Materials Chemistry, 21, 10094-10101, 2011.



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