Shirley Meng

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Ying Shirley Meng (孟穎)
Hangzhou, China
Alma materNanyang Technological University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Known forEnergy storage and sustainability
Scientific career
FieldsEnergy storage
Material Characterization
InstitutionsUniversity of Florida
University of California, San Diego
ThesisCombining Ab Initio Computation with Experiments for Designing/Understanding High Energy Density Electrode Materials for Advanced Lithium Batteries (2005)
Doctoral advisorGerbrand Ceder

Ying Shirley Meng (Chinese: 孟穎; pinyin: Mèng Yǐng) is a Singaporean-American materials scientist who is a professor of the department of Nanoengineering[1] and the Materials Science Program[2] at University of California, San Diego and currently holds the Zable Endowed Chair Professor in Energy Technologies[3]. She is also the founding Director of Sustainable Power and Energy Center[4]. Meng is the author and co-author of more than 190 peer-reviewed journal articles, two book chapter and six patents. She serves on the executive committee for battery division at the Electrochemical Society[5] and she is the Editor-in-Chief for MRS Energy & Sustainability.[6][7]

Education and career[edit]

Meng studied materials engineering at the Nanyang Technological University and graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science. She was a doctoral student in the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's largest international research initiative.[8] She earned her doctoral degree in materials science under the supervision of Gerbrand Ceder in 2005, after which she joined Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral fellow.[9]

In 2008 Meng joined the University of Florida as an Assistant Professor of Materials Science. She moved to the Nanoengineering department[1] at University of California, San Diego in 2009.[10] She is the founding director of the Sustainable Power and Energy Center from 2015 to 2020.[11] In 2018, Meng was then named the Zable Endowed Chair Professor in Energy Technologies.[3] She is the inaugural director of Institute for Materials Discovery and Design at University of California, San Diego from 2019.[12]


Meng's research focuses on investigating functional nano- and micro-scale materials for energy storage and conversion by combining advanced characterizations such as titration gas chromatography, cryo-EM, cryo-FIB, in situ CDXI, etc. and first-principles simulations. Her research includes lithium-ion batteries, sodium-ion batteries, all-solid-state batteries, magnetic materials and third-generation solar cells.[13][10][14][15]

Recently, Meng established the analytical method of titration gas chromatography to quantify the contribution of unreacted metallic Li to the total amount of inactive lithium for diagnosing the failure mechanism in lithium metal batteries.[16]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2002, Systems on Silicon Manufacturing Co. Pte. Ltd (SSMC) Award[17]
  • 2003, Graduate Student Award (Materials Research Society)[18]
  • 2008, Early Career Faculty Travel Award (The Electrochemical Society)[19]
  • 2011, National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award[20]
  • 2013, Chancellor's Interdisciplinary Research Award [21]
  • 2014, Science Award Electrochemistry by BASF and Volkswagen[22]
  • 2015, Frontier of Innovation Award[23]
  • 2016, Charles W. Tobias Award, Electrochemical Society[24]
  • 2017, IUMRS-Singapore Young Scientist Research Award[25]
  • 2018, Elected Fellow of Electrochemical Society (ECS)[26]
  • 2018, Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists Finalist[27]
  • 2018, American Chemical Society ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces Young Investigator Award 2018, International Coalition for Energy Storage and Innovation (ICESI) Inaugural Young Career Award[28][29]
  • 2019, Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists Finalist[30]
  • 2019, Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Award for Excellence in Research in Science and Engineering[31]
  • 2019, IBA2019 Research Award of International Battery Materials Association (IBA)[32]

Personal life[edit]

Meng is married to Graham Elliott, a Professor of Economics at University of California, San Diego.[33]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Meng, Ying Shirley (2006-02-17). "Electrodes with High Power and High Capacity for Rechargeable Lithium Batteries". Science. 311: 977–980. doi:10.1126/science.1122152.
  • Meng, Ying Shirley (2009). "First principles computational materials design for energy storage materials in lithium ion batteries". Energy & Environmental Science. 2: 589–609. doi:10.1039/B901825E.
  • Meng, Ying Shirley (2012-05-01). "Recent progress in cathode materials research for advanced lithium ion batteries". Materials Science and Engineering: R: Reports. 73: 51–65. doi:10.1016/j.mser.2012.05.003.
  • Fang, Chengcheng; Li, Jinxing; Zhang, Minghao; Zhang, Yihui; Yang, Fan; Lee, Jungwoo Z.; Lee, Min-Han; Alvarado, Judith; Schroeder, Marshall A.; Yang, Yangyuchen; Lu, Bingyu; Williams, Nicholas; Ceja, Miguel; Yang, Li; Cai, Mei; Gu, Jing; Xu, Kang; Wang, Xuefeng; Meng, Ying Shirley (21 August 2019). "Quantifying inactive lithium in lithium metal batteries". Nature. 572 (7770): 511–515. doi:10.1038/s41586-019-1481-z.
  • Rustomji, Cyrus S.; Yang, Yangyuchen; Kim, Tae Kyoung; Mac, Jimmy; Kim, Young Jin; Caldwell, Elizabeth; Chung, Hyeseung; Meng, Y. Shirley (30 June 2017). "Liquefied gas electrolytes for electrochemical energy storage devices". Science. 356 (6345): 4263. doi:10.1126/science.aal4263.


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  2. ^ "Shirley Meng | Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering". Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  3. ^ a b "Shirley Meng Named Inaugural Holder of UC San Diego Zable Endowed Chair in Energy Technologies". Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  4. ^ "Research | Sustainable Power and Energy Center". Retrieved 2020-01-28.
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  13. ^ "LESC". Retrieved 2020-02-02.
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  21. ^ "Chancellor's Interdisciplinary Collaboratories". Retrieved 2020-01-29.
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  23. ^ "'Frontiers of Innovation' Program Seeds Seven Multidisciplinary Projects on Campus". Retrieved 2020-01-29.
  24. ^ "Charles W. Tobias Young Investigator Award". ECS. Retrieved 2020-01-29.
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  26. ^ "2018 Class of Fellows". ECS. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  27. ^ "Announcing the 2018 Blavatnik National Awards Finalists | Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists". Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  28. ^ "2018 ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces Young Investigator Award Winner Announced". ACS Axial. 2018-04-10. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  29. ^ "International Coalition for Energy Storage and Innovation (ICESI): Home". Retrieved 2020-01-29.
  30. ^ "National Finalists | Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists". Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  31. ^ "Faculty Celebrated for Extraordinary Teaching, Research and Service". Retrieved 2020-01-29.
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  33. ^ "Graham Elliott". Retrieved 2020-02-02.