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Joshua D. BocarslyJoshua D. Bocarsly

Assistant Professor
Robert A. Welch Foundation Professor in High Temperature Superconducting & Chemical Materials Science
Department of Chemistry

Office: STL, 447
Contact: jdbocars@central.uh.edu - 713-743-4053

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2020; A.B., Princeton University, 2015

Postdoctoral Associate, University of Cambridge 2020 - 2023

The Bocarsly group focuses on discovering, characterizing, and controlling advanced inorganic materials. We are especially interested in energy and quantum applications, including:figure 1

 - Electrodes for inexpensive, high-performance rechargeable batteries

- Quantum materials for next-generation computing and spintronics

- Materials for energy conversion and efficient heat pumping

 Towards this goal, we employ a variety of experimental and computational techniques including solid state synthesis, X-ray and neutron diffraction, magnetometry, solid-state NMR, thermodynamic measurements, and density functional theory calculations. We are particularly interested in developing advanced in situ methods to study materials under realistic operating conditions— for example, building battery cells that can operate inside a SQUID magnetometer or X-ray diffractometer.

Another area of research concerns strategies managing the ever-growing troves of experimental data that are generated in materials chemistry labs using the open-source datalab platform. This web-based software seeks to make it easy for experimentalists to quickly capture and organize data and metadata, preserving links between associated samples and techniques. This facilitates preservation and sharing of the data, speeds up analysis, and enables new machine learning approaches to data-driven discovery.

- 2021-2023 Pembroke College Research Associateship, University of Cambridge
- 2019 Materials Research Laboratory Excellence in Education Outreach Award, UC Santa Barbara
- 2019 Edward J. Kramer Prize in Materials, UC Santa Barbara
- 2019 Member of U.S. delegation to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
- 2016-2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
- 2015 Henry McCay Prize for Physical Chemistry, Princeton University
- 2011 Intel Science Talent Search Finalist