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Betar Gallant

Contact Info

room 5-321

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Education

  • 2008

    MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT)

    S.B.
  • 2010

    MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT)

    S.M.
  • 2013

    MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT)

    Ph.D.

Research Interests

  • Li and Ca anodes and their solid electrolyte interphases (SEI)
  • Electrolyte design for beyond Li-ion batteries
  • Thermodynamics and thermochemistry of cation coordination in nonaqueous electrolytes
  • Liquid fluorinated reactants for high-energy Li primary batteries
  • Novel battery chemistries and their electrochemical storage/conversion mechanisms
  • Integration of CO2 capture with direct conversion, separation, or direct mineralization
  • CO2 capture - advanced processes, materials, and applications

Bio

Betar Gallant is an Associate Professor and the American Bureau of Shipping Career Development Professor in Mechanical Engineering at MIT.  Dr. Gallant completed her SB (‘08), SM (‘10) and PhD (‘13) degrees in the same department.  After graduating, Dr. Gallant was a Kavli Nanoscience Institute Prize Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech in the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. As a faculty member at MIT, Dr. Gallant leads the Energy and Gas Conversion Laboratory, which focuses on advanced battery chemistries and materials for high-energy rechargeable and primary batteries, including fluorinated cathode conversion reactions and lithium and calcium metal anodes and their interfaces. Her research is also developing insights into reaction mechanisms that underpin advanced greenhouse gas mitigation technologies, with a particular emphasis on integration of electrochemistry with CO2 capture and storage.  Her group has pioneered the scientific framework behind use of amine capture sorbents in electrochemical environments subject to direct reductive conversion, driving CO2 to products or storage phases, which has potential to contribute to alternatives of today’s energy-intensive thermal regeneration processes. Dr. Gallant is the recipient of multiple awards including an MIT Bose Fellow, Army Research Office Young Investigator Award, Scialog Fellow in Energy Storage and in Negative Emissions Science, NSF CAREER Award, the Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching at MIT, and the Electrochemical Society Battery Division Early Career award.

Honors + Awards

  • 2021, NSF CAREER Award
  • 2021, National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 2020, Student best poster award, Next Generation Batteries, ISE 71st Meeting
  • 2020, Scialog Fellow, Negative Emissions Science
  • 2019, Scialog Fellow, Advanced Energy Storage, 2019
  • 2019, Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching, MIT
  • 2019, Army Research Office Young Investigator
  • 2019, Student best poster award, Gordon Conference on CO2 Capture, Utilization and Storage, Les Diablerets, Switzerland 
  • 2016, MIT Bose Research Fellow
  • 2013, Kavli Nanoscience Institute Prize Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology
  • 2011, MIT Martin Family Graduate Fellow
  • 2008, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
  • 2008, MIT Energy Initiative Graduate Research Fellow
     

Teaching

2.005 and 2.006: Thermal Fluids Engineering I and II

2.37: Fundamentals of Nanoengineering