Katie Browning is currently a master’s student in the Material Science and Engineering Department (MSE) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). She is co-advised by Dr. Gabriel Veith of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Dr. Claudia Rawn from the UTK MSE Department. Ms. Browning received her B.S. degree in materials science and engineering from UTK in May of 2015. Following graduation, she spent two years at ORNL in the Physical Chemistry of Materials group under the direction of Dr. Veith, where her work focused on materials for energy storage.
Ms. Browning’s current research focuses on a better understanding of polymeric binder used incomposite electrodesand its effect on the performance of next generation silicon anodes. Sheutilizes in situ neutron reflectometry to better understand structures of buried interfaces within batteries and surface sensitive techniques, such as x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, to better understand reaction chemistries occurring at those interfaces.