• Bio:

    Dr. Steve Greenbaum is a Professor of Physics at Hunter College in the City University of New York (CUNY) and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He also served (2008-14) as Executive Officer of the Ph.D. Program in Physics at the CUNY Graduate Center.  Dr. Greenbaum earned his Ph.D. in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics from Brown University.  He spent two years in the Semiconductor Branch of the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. as an NRC Postdoctoral Fellow, and also spent sabbatical years as a Fulbright Scholar at the Weizmann Institute of Science, and a NASA/NRC Senior Research Fellow at the Jet Propulsion Lab, California Institute of Technology, where he was a member of the team that designed the lithium ion batteries for the  Mars Rovers. He has also held Visiting Professor positions in the Chemistry Department at Stony Brook University, the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Rutgers University, the School of Chemistry at Tel Aviv University, the Laboratory for Solid State Physics of the University of Paris-Sud (XI), the School of Chemical Sciences at University of Padova, and the Department of Chemistry at University of Rome, La Sapienza.  Dr. Greenbaum’s main research interest involves spectroscopic studies of disordered solids by magnetic resonance and synchrotron x-ray absorption, most of which has recently centered on materials for electrochemical energy storage and conversion (i.e. batteries and fuel cells). He has authored or co-authored over 220 peer reviewed publications and given over 50 invited talks at national or international conferences. He has directly supervised the research of 21 postdoctoral associates, 23 Ph.D. students, and numerous MA and BA research students.  Dr. Greenbaum was the 2001 recipient of the Roosevelt Gold Medal for Science, bestowed by the New York Council of the United States Navy League, and the 2002 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, awarded jointly by the National Science Foundation and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He also received the 2003 Richard Nicholson Science Teaching Award. In 2014, Dr. Greenbaum served as one of eleven Jefferson Science Fellows as Science and Technology advisors to the U.S. State Department.

  • Recent Publications:

    “Ion solvation and the search for a correlation with electrode passivation” with A Von Wald Cresce, A., Russell, S.M., Fu, A., (…), Gobet, M., Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings 1740, 49-57 (2015).

    “An Iodide Based Li7P2S8I Superionic Conductor”, with Ezhiylmurugan Rangasamy, Zengcai Liu, Mallory Gobet, Kartik Pilar, Gayatri Sahu, Wei Zhou, Hui Wu, and Chengdu Liang, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 137(4):1384-7 (2015). doi: 10.1021/ja508723m

    “Comparative Study of Ether-Based Electrolytes for Application in Lithium−Sulfur Battery”, with Lorenzo Carbone, Mallory Gobet, Jing Peng, Matthew Devany, Bruno Scrosati, and Jusef Hassoun, Applied Materials & Interfaces (ACS),  (2015),  7, 13859−13865. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.5b02160

    “Interactions between water and 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium ionic liquids”, with Tatiana A. Fadeeva , Pascale Husson, Jessalyn A. DeVine,  Margarida F. Costa Gomes, and Edward W. Castner, Jr., Journal of Chemical Physics, 143, 064503 (2015); http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4928065

    “Novel Solid Polymer-in-Ceramic Electrolyte Formed by Electrophoretic Deposition”, with Blanga, L. Burstein, M. Berman, and D. Golodnitsky. Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 162(11) D3084-D3089 (2015).

    “On order and disorder in polymer electrolytes” with D. Golodnitsky, E. Strauss, E. Peled, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 162 (14) A2551-A2566 (2015).

    “Electrolytes for Secondary Magnesium Batteries Based on Chloroaluminate Ionic Liquids”, with Federico Bertasi, Chaminda Hettige, Fatemeh Sepehr, Xavier Bogle, Gioele Pagot, Keti Vezzù6, Enrico Negro, Stephen J. Paddison, Michele Vittadello, and Vito Di Noto, ChemSusChem, 8, 3069-3076 (2015). DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201500339.

    “Polyethylene glycol dimethyl ether (PEGDME)-based electrolyte for lithium metal battery”, with Lorenzo Carbone, Mallory Gobet,  Jing Peng,  Matthew Devany,  Bruno Scrosati, and Jusef Hassoun, Journal of Power Sources, 299, 460-464 (2015).

    NMR Studies of Solvent free Ceramic Composite Polymer Electrolytes – a Brief Review, with Marc Berman, Membranes, 2015, 5, 915-923; doi:10.3390/membranes5040915

    “Anion Solvation in Carbonate-Based Electrolytes”, with Arthur von Wald Cresce, Mallory Gobet, Oleg Borodin, Jing Peng, Kang Xu, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2015, 119, 27255-27264.

    “Insight on the Li2S electrochemical process in a composite configuration electrode, with Lorenzo Carbone, Roberta Verrelli, Mallory Gobet, Jing Peng, Matthew Devany, Bruno Scrosati, and Jusef Hassoun, New Journal of Chemistry, 40, 2935 (2016).

    “Solid State Magnetic Resonance Investigation of the Thermally Induced Structural Evolution of Silicon Oxide-Doped Hydrogenated Amorphous Carbon”, with Jing Peng, Anastasiia Sergiienko, Filippo Mangolini, P. E. Stallworth, and Robert W. Carpick, Carbon, 105, 163-175 (2016).

    “Enhancement of proton mobility and mitigation of methanol crossover in sPEEK fuel cells by an organically modified titania nanofiller”, with I. Nicotera, C. Simari, S, Licoccia, S. Bruti, S.N. Suarez, and K. Pilar Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry, in press.

    Peculiarities of ion transport in confined-in-ceramics concentrated polymer electrolyte, with R. Blanga, M. Berman, M. Biton, F. Tariq, V. Yufit, A. Gladkich, N. Brandon, and D. Golodnitsky, Electrochimica Acta, 208, 17-19 (2016)

    Investigation of Electric Field Induced Broken Symmetries at Fe-doped SrTiO3 Interfaces by Second Harmonic Generation, with D. Ascienzo, H. C. Yuan, T. J. M. Bayer, R. Maier, J. J. Wang, C. A. Randall, E. C. Dickey, H. B. Zhao, and Y. H. Ren, Physical Review B, in press.

    “Observation of structural inhomogeneity at degraded Fe-doped SrTiO3 interfaces”, with D. Ascienzo, T. J. M. Bayer, R. Maier, C.A. Randall, and Y. H. Ren, Applied Physics Letters, in press.

    Natural Abundance Oxygen-17 NMR Investigation of Lithium Ion Solvation in Glyme-based Electrolytes, with J. Peng, L. Carbone, M. Gobet, M. Devany, and J. Hassoun, Electrochimica Acta, in press.

  • Research Areas: Physics, Science Policy