Associate Professor, Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NanoScience Technology Center, University of Central Florida
Dr. Kushima is an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in University of Central Florida and also affiliated with the Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center and the NanoScience Technology Center. He completed his Ph.D. and undergraduate studies in the Department of Engineering Physics and Mechanics at Kyoto University in 2007. Prior to his current position, he conducted postdoctoral studies at MIT (2007-2010) and University of Pennsylvania (2010-2012) and worked as a research scientist at MIT (2012-2017). He started his research career as a theorist in the field of computational materials science specialized in ab initio quantum mechanics simulations. During his appointment at University of Pennsylvania, he studied in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) technique at Center of Integrated Nanotechnologies at Sandia National Laboratories to understand the atomic scale reaction mechanism of Li-ion battery electrode materials under the battery operation. His research focuses on understanding the complex nano-scale phenomena through combination of experiment and atomistic simulation, with particular emphasis on in situ TEM and energy storage devices. He has received NSF CAREER award on the study of electro-chemo-mechanics at the interfaces in all-solid-state lithium batteries.