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Nicole S. Michenfelder-Schauser, PhD


Materials Research Laboratory & Materials Department
University of California Santa Barbara

Professional Objective

I am passionate about materials and sustainability, and looking for my next leadership opportunity to achieve high societal impact. My PhD research focused on holistic approaches towards the design of next generation polymer electrolytes.


  • PhD Materials, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2016 - 2020
  • B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2010-2015


    My CV (PDF)


  • Leadership: Project management, Communication, Creativity, Mentorship, Problem-solving
  • Technical: Data analysis, Experimental design, Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, X-ray scattering, Differential scanning calorimetry, Python (Matplotlib, Pandas, SK-Learn), Matlab, Solid-state and pulsed-field gradient NMR, Rheology
  • Languages: English, German, French (beginner)


    1. Schauser, N. S.; Kliegle, G. A.; Cooke, P.; Segalman, R. A.; Seshadri, R. Database Creation, Visualization, and Statistical Learning for Polymer Li+ Electrolyte Design. Submitted.
    2. Schauser, N. S.; Richardson, P. M.; Nikolaev, A.; Cooke, P.; Kliegle, G. A.; Susca, E. M.; Johnson, K.; Wang, H.; Read de Alaniz, J.; Clement, R.; Segalman, R. A. Optimum in Ligand Density for Conductivity in Polymer Electrolytes. Submitted.
    3. Nie, H.*; Schauser, N. S.*; Dolinski, N.; Geng, Z.; Oh, S.; Chabinyc, M.; Hawker, C.; Segalman, R. A.; Read de Alaniz, J. The Role of Anions on Light-Driven Conductivity in Diarylethene-Containing Polymeric Ionic Liquids. Submitted. *Equal contribution
    4. Schauser, N. S.*; Nikolaev, A.*; Richardson, P. M.; Johnson, K.; Susca, E. M.; Wang, H.; Seshadri, R.; Clement, R.; Read de Alaniz, J.; Segalman, R. A. The Glass Transition Temperature and Ion Binding Determine Conductivity and Lithium-Ion Transport in Polymer Electrolytes. Accepted, ACS Macro Letters. *Equal contribution
    5. Nie, H.*; Schauser, N. S.*; Self, J; Tabassum, T.; Oh, S.; Geng, Z.; Jones, S.; Zayas, M.; Reynolds, V.; Chabinyc, M.; Hawker, C.; Han, S.; Bates, C.; Segalman, R. A.; Read de Alaniz, J. Light-Switchable and Self-Healable Polymer Electrolytes Based on Dynamic Diarylethene and Metal Ion Coordination. Accepted, J. Am. Chem. Soc.. *Equal contribution
    6. Jones, S. D.; Schauser, N. S.; Fredrickson, G. H.; Segalman, R. A. The Role of Polymer-Ion Interaction Strength on the Viscoelasticity and Conductivity of Solvent-Free Polymer Electrolytes. Macromolecules. 2020, 53, 4960-4967. [ doi ]
    7. Geng, Z.; Schauser, N. S.; Lee, J.; Schmeller, R.; Barbon, S.; Segalman, R. A.; Lynd, N.; Hawker, C. Role of Side-Chain Architecture in Poly(ethylene oxide)-Based Copolymers. Macromolecules. 2020doi ]
    8. Schauser, N. S.; Grzetic, D. J.; Tabassum, T.; Kliegle, G. A.; Le, M. L.; Susca, E. M.; Antoine, S.; Keller, T. J.; Delaney, K. T.; Han, S.; Seshadri, R.; Fredrickson, G. H.; Segalman, R. A., The Role of Backbone Polarity on Aggregation and Conduction of Ions in Polymer Electrolytes. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 7055 – 7065. [ doi ]
    9. Nie, H.*; Schauser, N. S.*; Dolinski, N.; Hu, J.; Hawker, C.; Segalman, R. A.; Read de Alaniz, J. Light-controllable Ionic Conductivity in a Polymeric Ionic Liquid. Angewandte Chemie. 2020, 59, 2 – 8. [ doi ] *Equal contribution
    10. Schauser, N. S.; Seshadri, R.; Segalman, R. A. Multivalent Ion Conduction in Solid Polymer Systems, Molecular Systems Design & Engineering 2019, 4, 263 – 279. [ doi ]
    11. Schauser, N. S.*; Sanoja, G. E.*; Bartels, J. M.; Jain, S. K.; Hu, J. G.; Han, S.; Walker, L. M.; Helgeson, M. E.; Seshadri, R.; Segalman, R. A. Decoupling Bulk Mechanics and Mono- and Multivalent Ion Transport in Polymers Based on Metal−Ligand Coordination, Chem. Mater. 2018, 30, 5759 – 5769. [ doi ] * Equal contribution
    12. Popere, B. C.; Sanoja, G. E.; Thomas, E. T.; Schauser, N. S.; Jones, S. D.; Bartels, J. M.; Helgeson, M. E.; Chabinyc, M. L.; Segalman, R. A. Photocrosslinking Polymeric Ionic Liquids via Anthracene Cycloaddition for Organic Electronics, J. Mater. Chem. C 2018, 6, 8762 – 8769. [ doi ]
    13. Sanoja, G. E.*; Schauser,N. S.*; Bartels, J. M.; Evans, C. M.; Helgeson, M. E.; Seshadri, R.; Segalman, R. A. Ion Transport in Dynamic Polymer Networks Based on Metal–Ligand Coordination: Effect of Cross-Linker Concentration, Macromolecules 2018, 51, 2017 – 2026. [ doi ] *Equal contribution
    14. Schauser, N. S.; Harry, K. J.; Parkinson, D. Y.; Watanabe, H.; Balsara, N. P. Lithium Dendrite Growth in Glassy and Rubbery Nanostructured Block Copolymer Electrolytes, J. Electrochem. Soc. 2015, 162, A398 – A405. [ doi ]

    About me


    A Santa Barbara native, I enjoy almost any outdoor activity including hiking, surfing, scuba diving, running, swimming, backpacking and gardening. I am also an avid traveler.


    News: Polymer physics prize

    Ram Seshadri: website

    Rachel Segalman: website


    Nicole S. Michenfelder-Schauser, PhD
    Materials Research Laboratory
    University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-5121
    email: nicole.schauser@gmail.com