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Luis Estevez

Luis Estevez

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


After a summer internship working under Dr. Anthony Puckett at the Los Alamos Dynamics Summer Session (2006), Luis was inspired to pursue a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. At Cornell, Luis worked under the mentorship of Dr. Emmanuel Giannelis on projects spanning polymer based nanocomposite actuators, macroporous PEM fuel cell electrodes and eventually high surface area porous carbon materials for energy storage devices such as Li-S battery and supercapacitor applications.

After completing his Ph.D., Luis successfully obtained a Linus Pauling Distinguished Fellowship (2014) with his proposal: "Development of Hierarchical Porous Structured Materials for Energy Storage Applications". Luis intends to continue his focus on advancing energy storage research by synthesizing novel hierarchical porous carbon materials to be used as electrodes in battery and supercapacitor devices; particularly with applications towards electric vehicles.

Research Interests

  • Graphitic materials and associated composites, porous carbon materials
  • Electrochemical capacitors
  • Lithium ion batteries-concentrating on Si-carbon composite anodes
  • Various pore forming strategies including physical activation of carbons and Ice templating

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., in Materials Science and Engineering, Minor: Chemistry, Cornell University, 2013
  • B.S., in Mechanical Engineering, University of Maine, 2007

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Member of the American Chemical Society
  • Member of the Society of Hispanic professional Engineers
  • Member of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Mu Epsilon and Pi Tau Sigma Honor Societies

Awards and Recognitions

  • Awarded Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Awarded Sloan Fellowship - Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Awarded GK-12 Fellowship - National Science Foundation
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 2015 Science as Art competition, People's Choice Award: Second place for SEM image

Selected Publications


  • Song S, W Xu, R Cao, L Luo, MH Engelhard, ME Bowden, B Liu, L Estevez, C Wang, and J Zhang. 2017. "B4C as a stable non-carbon-based oxygen electrode material for lithium-oxygen batteries." Nano Energy 33:195-204.  doi:10.1016/j.nanoen.2017.01.042
  • Zhu C, S Fu, J Song, Q Shi, D Su, MH Engelhard, X Li, D Xiao, D Li, L Estevez, D Du, and Y Lin. 2017. "Self-Assembled Fe-N-Doped Carbon Nanotube Aerogels with Single-Atom Catalysis Feature as Highly Efficient Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalysts." Small 13(15):Article No. 1603407.  doi:10.1002/smll.201603407


  • Estevez L, DM Reed, Z Nie, AM Schwarz, MI Nandasiri, JP Kizewski, W Wang, EC Thomsen, J Liu, J Zhang, VL Sprenkle, and B Li. 2016. " Tunable oxygen functional groups as electro-catalysts on graphite felt surfaces for all vanadium flow batteries." ChemSusChem 9(12):1455-1461.  doi:10.1002/cssc.201600198

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