Theresa Schoetz

Theresa Schoetz
Theresa Schoetz
  • Assistant Professor
(217) 300-7411
125 Roger Adams Laboratory

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  • B.Eng., Brandenburgische Technische Universität (Hochschule Lausitz), Germany, 2013.
  • M.Sc., Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany, 2016.
  • Ph.D., University of Southampton, UK, 2019.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Zepler Institute, University of Southampton, UK, 2019-2020.
  • Research Associate, The City College of New York, CUNY, 2020-2023.

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Research Interests

  • Energy Storage
  • Electrochemistry

Research Statement

The research in our group focuses on the development of electrochemical materials and interfaces for next-generation batteries and supercapacitors that can be integrated in modern electronics shaping today’s societies by making our world more connected, safer, and cleaner. Our scientific philosophy is to identify, understand, and control the molecular-level phenomena that govern macroscopic material properties, charge storage mechanisms, mass transport processes and device performance using a variety of electrochemical, spectroscopy and microscopy methods. Our distinct expertise lies in the advanced application and analysis of electrochemical methods, e.g., variable-rate cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), chronoamperometry and in-operando techniques such as electrogravimetry (EQCM) and electrochemical atomic force microscopy (EC-AFM). Reconfigurable shape-morphing batteries that take electrochemical interfaces in energy storage systems far beyond their current state-of-the-art design space are of particular interest. Our fundamental electrochemical background and experience allow us to transfer and connect knowledge across different research areas ranging from energy storage and conversion, (bio)sensors, photoelectronics, and AI hardware.

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Selected Articles in Journals

  • T.Schoetz, RJ. Messinger, A. Varzi; Electrochemical fundamentals | Electrochemical charge storage: From fundamentals to devices. (2024), DOI:10.1016/B978-0-323-96022-9.00235-8.
  • O.M. Leung, L.W. Gordon, R.J. Messinger, T. Prodromakis, J.A. Wharton, C. Ponce de Leon, T. Schoetz; Solid Polymer Electrolytes with Enhanced Electrochemical Stability for High-Capacity Aluminum Batteries; Advanced Energy Materials 14 (2024) 2303285.
  • T.Schoetz, L. Robinson, L.W. Gordon, S. Stariha, C. Harris, H.L. Seong, J.-P. Jones, E. Brandon, R.J. Messinger; Elucidating the Role of Electrochemically Formed LiF on Discharge and Aging in Li-CFx Batteries; ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 16 (2024) 18722–18733.
  • T. Schoetz, M. Ueda, A. Bund, C. Ponce de Leon; Preparation and characterization of a rechargeable battery based on poly-(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) and aluminum in ionic liquids; Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry 21 (2017) 3237–3246.
  • T. Schoetz, C. Ponce de Leon, M. Ueda, A. Bund; Perspective—State of the Art of Rechargeable Aluminum Batteries in Non-Aqueous Systems; Journal of The Electrochemical Society 164 (2017) A3499.
  • T. Schoetz, M. Kurniawan, M. Stich, R. Peipmann, I. Efimov, A. Ispas, A. Bund, C. Ponce de Leon, M. Ueda; Understanding the charge storage mechanism of conductive polymers as hybrid battery-capacitor materials in ionic liquids by in situ atomic force microscopy and electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance studies; Journal of Materials Chemistry A 6 (2018) 17787-17799.
  • T. Schoetz, C. Ponce de Leon, A. Bund, M.Ueda; Electro-polymerisation and characterisation of PEDOT in Lewis basic, neutral and acidic EMImCl-AlCl3 ionic liquid; Electrochimica Acta 263 (2018) 176-183.
  • T. Schoetz, C. Ponce de Leon, A. Bund, M. Ueda; Electro-polymerisation of 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene on reticulated vitreous carbon in imidazolium-based chloroaluminate ionic liquid as energy storage material; Electrochemistry Communications 89 (2018) 52-56.
  • T. Schoetz, O. Leung, I. Efimov, C. Zaleski, A. Ortega, N. García García, P. Tiemblo Magro, C. Ponce de Leon; Aluminium Deposition in EMImCl-AlCl3 Ionic Liquid and Ionogel for Improved Aluminium Batteries; Journal of The Electrochemical Society 167 (2020) 040516.
  • T. Schoetz, B. Craig, C. Ponce de Leon, A. Bund, M. Ueda, C.T.J. Low; Aluminium-poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) rechargeable battery with ionic liquid electrolyte; Journal of Energy Storage 28 (2020) 101176.
  • B. Craig, C.-K. Skylaris, T. Schoetz, C. Ponce de Leon; A computational chemistry approach to modelling conducting polymers in ionic liquids for next generation batteries; Energy Reports 6 (2020) 198-208.
  • B. Craig, T. Schoetz, A. Cruden, C. Ponce de Leon; Review of current progress in non-aqueous aluminium batteries; Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 133 (2020) 110100.
  • O. Leung, T. Schoetz, T. Prodromakis, C. Ponce de Leon; Review—Progress in Electrolytes for Rechargeable Aluminium Batteries; Journal of The Electrochemical Society 168 (2021) 056509.
  • J.H. Xu, T. Schoetz, J.R. McManus, V.R. Subramanian, P.W. Fields, R.J. Messinger; Tunable Pseudocapacitive Intercalation of Chloroaluminate Anions into Graphite Electrodes for Rechargeable Aluminum Batteries; Journal of The Electrochemical Society 168 (2021) 060514.
  • A. Roy, T. Schoetz, L.W. Gordon, H.-J. Yen, Q. Hao, D. Mandler; Formation of a CoMn-Layered Double Hydroxide/Graphite Supercapacitor by a Single Electrochemical Step; ChemSusChem (2022) e202201418.
  • J. Panidi, D.G. Georgiadou, T. Schoetz, T. Prodromakis; Advances in Organic and Perovskite Photovoltaics Enabling a Greener Internet of Things; Advanced Functional Materials 32 (2022) 2200694.
  • L.W. Gordon, A. Jadhav, M. Miroshnikov, T. Schoetz, G. John, R.J. Messinger; Molecular-Scale Elucidation of Ionic Charge Storage Mechanisms in Rechargeable Aluminum-Quinone Batteries; The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 126 (2022) 14082-14093.
  • T. Schoetz, L.W. Gordon, S, Ivanov, A. Bund, D. Mandler, R.J. Messinger; Disentangling Faradaic, Pseudocapacitive, and Capacitive Charge Storage: A Tutorial for the Characterization of Batteries, Supercapacitors, and Hybrid Systems; Electrochimica Acta 412 (2022) 140072.
  • B.E. Hawkins, T. Schoetz, L.W. Gordon, S. Kt, J. Wang, R.J. Messinger; Reversible Zinc Electrodeposition at− 60° C Using a Deep Eutectic Electrolyte for Low-Temperature Zinc Metal Batteries; The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 14 (2023) 2378–2386.
  • T. Schoetz, J.H. Xu, R.J. Messinger; Ionic Liquid Electrolytes with Mixed Organic Cations for Low-Temperature Rechargeable Aluminum–Graphite Batteries; ACS Applied Energy Materials 6 (2023) 2845–2854.

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