Dipobrato Sarbapalli

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign working with Dr. Joaquín Rodríguez-López. I am trained as an experimental materials scientist, and throughout my academic journey I have followed a research paradigm of characterizing micro- to nano-scale processes within different materials systems such as batteries, cements, and ceramic materials so as to understand their performance during the practical use of such materials. My ultimate goal is to enter the industry as a materials engineer or researcher.

Prior my doctoral studies, I graduated with an M.S. in Civil Engineering from UIUC in 2018, where I worked with Dr. Paramita Mondal (currently at the University of Delaware) on studying reaction mechanisms in inorganic binder materials. I spent the summer of 2017 working as a DAAD Fellow with BASF at their headquarters in Ludwigshafen, where I worked with Dr. Tobias Umbach. I received my B.Tech in Civil Engineering from NIT Trichy, graduating first class with distinction. During my undergraduate studies, I spent my sophomore and junior year summers interning at the IIT Delhi with Dr. Biswajit Bhattacharjee, researching on durability and sustainability of concrete binder materials.

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My doctoral research focuses on a two-pronged approach for i) developing analytical techniques and ii) tailoring interfaces on carbon materials, to advance the understanding of electrode-electrolyte interfaces in Li-ion and beyond Li-ion battery technologies. I also enjoy scripting in Python which enables efficient data analysis and design of custom experiments involving large volumes of data. For more information on my thesis research, please find a brief summary here.

Previously I was working on studying reaction mechanisms of amorphous, aluminosilicate binder materials termed as geopolymers. Specifically, I synthesized zeolitic nucleation seeds to control reaction kinetics and utilized multiple characterization techniques ranging from x-ray diffraction, nuclear magnetic resonance, and electron microscopy to understand the consequences of seeding. To know more about my M.S research, please find my thesis here.

My graduate research experience has inculcated the idea of using a bottom-up approach to influence macroscale behavior by understanding fundamental phenomena at the micro-nano scale. Hence, I continually look forward to practical macro-scale problems wherein I can apply such a paradigm, in working for a solution. Exposure to the fundamentals of two completely different, yet widely used materials systems has given me a unique and versatile skill set, and I look forward to applying these skills in an industry setting.

Recent Publications
Highly Sensitive Detection and Mapping of Incipient and Steady-State Oxygen Evolution from Operating Li-Ion Battery Cathodes via Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy
Abhiroop Mishra, Dipobrato Sarbapalli, Md. Sazzad Hossain, Zachary T. Gossage, Zheng Li, Alexander Urban and Joaquín Rodríguez-López
Journal of The Electrochemical Society, \(2022\), [BibTeX]
Tracking Passivation and Cation Flux at Incipient Solid-Electrolyte Interphases on Multi-Layer Graphene using High Resolution Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy
Yunxiong Zeng, Zachary T. Gossage, Dipobrato Sarbapalli, Jingshu Hui, and Joaquín Rodríguez-López
ChemElectroChem, \(2022\), [BibTeX]
Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy: A Versatile Tool for Inspecting the Reactivity of Battery Electrodes
Dipobrato Sarbapalli, Abhiroop Mishra, Zachary T. Gossage, Kendrich Hatfield, and Joaquín Rodríguez-López
Batteries, IOP Publishers, \(2022\), [BibTeX]
Pt/Polypyrrole Quasi-References Revisited: Robustness and Application in Electrochemical Energy Storage Research
Dipobrato Sarbapalli, Abhiroop Mishra, and Joaquín Rodríguez-López
Analytical Chemistry, \(2021\), [BibTeX]
A combined SECM and electrochemical AFM approach to probe interfacial processes affecting molecular reactivity at redox flow battery electrodes
Tylan S. Watkins, Dipobrato Sarbapalli, Michael J. Counihan, Andrew S. Danis, Jingjing Zhang, Lu Zhang, Kevin R. Zavadil, and Joaquín Rodríguez-López
Journal of Materials Chemistry A, \(2020\), [BibTeX]

For a full list of publications, check out my Google Scholar or access my List of Publications here.

NIT Trichy
IIT Delhi
Summer 2013, 2014
DAAD Fellow
Summer 2017
Summer 2017
2019 - Present
Spring 2022
Spring '22 Internship: Just wrapped a stellar semester while interning at Natrion, where I worked on developing solid-state electrolytes for Li-ion batteries. My work primarily focused on implementing the company's solid electrolyte with Li-metal anodes. I had the honor of working under a superb leader, Alexander Kosyakov and was always well supported by a passionate, talented, and hard-working team. Many thanks to you all!
Fellowship Honorable Mention: Link Energy Foundation Fellowship gave an honorable mention to my application, and I wish to acknowledge my mentors (Dr. Jingshu Hui, Dr. Michael J. Counihan and Dr. Zachary T. Gossage), my peers and adviser, Professor Joaquín Rodríguez-López for their support.
Preliminary examinations: Successfully passed my preliminary exams in Aug 2020! Thanks to my adviser, and committee members Professors Shoemaker, Braun and Zhang. Thanks also to Bhavesh Shrimali, Braun group members Dr. Ashish Kulkarni and Gaurav Singhal, JRL group (specifically Dr. Michael Counihan and Abhiroop Mishra) for all the help with the preparation!
Ph.D. Qualifying Exams: Passed my qualifying exams on Electrochemistry and Ceramics Processing! Onto the next level - Preliminary exams.
Workshop Speaker: I was invited by the American Concrete Institute Student Chapter to deliver a two-hour workshop on using OriginPro for plotting and data analysis.
Poster Presentation: I have been awarded the Best Poster Award at the SEAC Poster Session in PITTCON 2020, Chicago. [Poster PDF]
Graduation (M.S.): Graduated with a M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (August 2018). I will be transitioning into my Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, working with Professor Joaquín Rodríguez-López on electrochemical energy storage.
Teaching Assistant CEE \(\sf 300\) Spring 2018:Returned as a Lab Instructor, rated as an Outstanding Teaching Assistant.
Teaching Assistant CEE \(\sf 401\) Fall 2017: Returned as the lab TA, rated as Excellent Teaching Assistant.
Fellowship Award: Awarded the DAAD RISE Professional Fellowship for an internship with BASF Ludwigshafen (March 2017). I will be spending my summer working within the Materials Physics Division, Advanced Materials and Systems Research at Ludwigshafen.
Teaching Assistant CEE \(\sf 401\) Fall 2016: Completed a graduate/senior undergradute TA for "Concrete Materials" and was rated as an Outstanding Teaching Assistant. I guided a lab course of ≈18 graduate and undergraduates in the preparation and testing of fresh and hardened concrete. Prepared a design project for the students in the later half of the course.
Graduation (B.Tech): Graduated with a B.Tech in Civil Engineering from NIT Trichy (May 2015). I will be joining the Construction Materials program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, working with Professor Paramita Mondal.

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