- Program Year: 1
- Academic Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Field of Study: Chemical Engineering
- Academic Advisor: Richard D. Braatz
Practicum Not Yet Completed
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Columbia University, 2020
Summary of Research
I'm interested in multi-scale, first principles modeling of lithium-ion batteries using data-driven techniques to improve advanced battery management systems. Renewable energy continues to face important intermittencies in supply--the sun isn't always shining on solar panels and the wind isn't always blowing through wind turbines. To better facilitate global carbon neutrality, renewables demand improved electrical storage and on-demand transfer from battery systems. Lithium-ion batteries stand at the forefront of solving these issues, but cycle life limitations due to active material loss remain confounded by transport, kinetic, and thermodynamic processes all occurring simultaneously at the microstructural detail of electrode interfaces.
Using high performance computing (HPC) resources, I am working towards directly coupling electrode-scale transport models with fine-grained stochastic representations of electrochemical reactions at solid interfaces. At these surfaces, morphologies are determined using particle size and spatial distributions from X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) scans--which when paired with models, can produce high-fidelity realizations of battery degradation. HPC-enabled hypothesis testing of microstructural degradation will then lead me into core insights on battery limitations. Ultimately, I'm hoping to foster rapid exploration of design spaces for these ubiquitous electrochemical reactors of the 21st century.
Z. Hui, K. S. Mayilvahanan, K. Ganko, Y. Yang, X. Zhang, Z. Ju, G. Yu, E. Takeuchi, and A.C. West. Optimal Electrode-Scale Design of Li-Ion Electrodes: A General Correlation. Energy Storage Materials, 39, 176 (2021).
Ganko, K. "Numerical Optimization of LVO Battery Chemistry." Project Conclusion Lab Group Meeting. Columbia University, New York. 18 June 2020.
Ganko, K. "Thermal Modeling of Li-ion NMC Batteries." Columbia Chemistry Society Undergraduate Research Symposium. Columbia University, New York. 3 Oct 2019.
Ganko, K. "Intermediate Operators: Assessing Enzyme Promiscuity." Joint Lab Meeting Summer Research Conclusions. Northwestern University, Evanston. 10 Aug 2018.
Ganko, K. "BioGibbs: Group Contribution Method." Joint Lab Meeting Summer Research Conclusions. Northwestern University, Evanston. 25 Aug 2017.
Critical Language Scholarship Finalist in Chinese, U.S. Department of State (5/2020)
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society Scholarship, Tau Beta Pi (5/2019)
Wallace K. Grubman-Graham Scholarship, Columbia University (3/2018, 3/2019)
Work Exemption Program, Columbia University (2/2018, 6/2018, 10/2018, 2/2019)
Dean's List, Columbia University (12/2016 - 1/2020)