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Nicole S. Michenfelder-Schauser, PhD candidate


Materials Research Laboratory & Materials Department
University of California Santa Barbara


I am interested in developing materials for high-performance, affordable, and safe energy storage. My PhD research focuses on holistic approaches towards the design of next generation polymer electrolytes.


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


    My CV (PDF)


    1. 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. Submitted.
    2. 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 ]
    3. 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
    4. Schauser, N. S.; Seshadri, R.; Segalman, R. A. Multivalent Ion Conduction in Solid Polymer Systems, Molecular Systems Design & Engineering 2019, 4, 263 – 279. [ doi ]
    5. 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
    6. 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 ]
    7. 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
    8. 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


    Outside of research, I enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, biking, running, swimming, and backpacking. I am also an avid traveler.


    Ram Seshadri: website

    Rachel Segalman: website


    Nicole S. Michenfelder-Schauser, PhD Candidate
    Materials Research Laboratory
    University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-5121
    email: nschauser@mrl.ucsb.edu