Professor Bai’s research focuses on the development of next-generation batteries. The Battery Analytical Investigation (BAI) Group he leads adopts a combined theoretical and experimental approach to:
- Probe the in situ electrochemical dynamics of miniature electrodes down to nanoscales;
- Capture the heterogeneous and stochastic nature of advanced electrodes to understand and optimize the macroscopic behavior; and
- Identify the theoretical pathways and boundaries for the rational design of materials, electrodes and batteries through physics-based mathematical modeling and simulation.
Knowledge and tools developed in the BAI Group also apply to and benefit the design of other electrochemical energy system, including supercapacitors and fuel cells.