Matthew McDowell
Associate Professor
MRDC 4408

Dr. Matthew McDowell joined Georgia Tech in the fall of 2015 as an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Materials Science and Engineering. Prior to this appointment, he was a postdoctoral scholar in the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. McDowell received his Ph.D. in 2013 from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University.

Dr. McDowell’s research group focuses on understanding how materials for energy and electronic devices change and transform during operation, and how these transformations impact properties. The group uses in situ experimental techniques to probe materials transformations under realistic conditions. The fundamental scientific advances made by the group guide the engineering of materials for breakthrough new devices. Current projects in the group are focused on i) electrode materials for alkali ion batteries, ii) materials for solid-state batteries, iii) interfaces in chalcogenide materials for electronics and catalysis, and iv) new methods for creating nanostructured metals. See for more information.

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Recent publications:


  1. M. G. Boebinger, D. Yeh, M. Xu, B. C. Miles, B. Wang, M. Papakyriakou, J. A. Lewis, N. P. Kondekar, F. J. Q. Cortes, S. Hwang, X. Sang, D. Su, R. R. Unocic, S. Xia, T. Zhu, M. T. McDowell* “Avoiding Fracture in a Conversion Battery Material through Reaction with Larger Ions” Joule, 2018, DOI: 10.1016/j.joule.2018.05.015.
  2. S. Y. Han, M. G. Boebinger, N. P. Kondekar, T. J. Worthy, M. T. McDowell* “Seeded Nanowire and Microwire Growth from Lithium Alloys” Nano Letters, 2018, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b01334.
  3. F. J. Q. Cortes, M. G. Boebinger, M. Xu, A. Ulvestad, M. T. McDowell* “Operando Synchrotron Measurement of Strain Evolution in Individual Alloying Anode Particles within Lithium Batteries” ACS Energy Letters, 2018, 3, (2), 349-355.
  4. N. P. Kondekar, M. G. Boebinger, E. V. Woods, M. T. McDowell* “In Situ Investigation of Transformations at Crystallographically Oriented MoS2 Interfaces” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2017, 9, (37), 32394-32404.
  5. M. G. Boebinger, M. Xu, X. Ma, H. Chen, R. R. Unocic, M. T. McDowell* “Distinct Nanoscale Reaction Pathways in a Sulfide Material for Sodium and Lithium Batteries” Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2017, 5, 11701-11709, Invited Article for 2017 “Emerging Investigators” Issue.
  6. M. T. McDowell, S. Xia, T. Zhu “The Mechanics of Large-Volume-Change Transformations in High-Capacity Battery Materials” Extreme Mechanics Letters, 2016, 9, (3) 480-494.