Center for Synthetic Control Across Length-scales for Advancing Rechargeables (SCALAR)


Sarah Tolbert

Lead Institution

University of California, Los Angeles




To design materials, interfaces, and architectures that revolutionize the performance of energy storage systems by dramatically expanding the range of materials systems and chemistries that can be employed in next generation batteries.

Research Topics

electrocatalysis, electrical energy storage, defects, charge transport, mesoscale science, materials and chemistry by design, mesostructured materials, synthesis (novel systems), synthesis (self-assembly)

Systems Studied

Systems: oxide, polymer, electrolytes, porous

Interfaces: organic/inorganic, inorganic/inorganic, liquid/solid, solid/solid

Nanostructured: 1D, 2D, 3D

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray imaging, X-ray spectroscopy, neutron diffraction and scattering, electron microscopy, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), finite element methods, machine learning

Partner Institutions

  • California Institute of Technology
  • SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Southern California

BES Staff Contact

Craig Henderson