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Luis Estevez

Research Battery Scientist

University of Dayton Research Institute: Power and Energy


Email: Luis Estevez
Phone: 937-229-4837
Website: Visit Site
Curran Place N3660


Dr. Estevez has been involved in energy materials research for more than 14 years. He has authored over 39 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and has more than 2700 total citations. Luis has strong expertise in the synthesis, modification and characterization of a tunable macro/meso/microporous high surface area and pore volume, hierarchically structured, carbon materials platform; with imbued functionalities via multiple templating and pore forming strategies for the development of ultracapacitors, sorbents and catalyst supports. He is also skilled in the production, characterization and testing of various porous carbon-based nanocomposite materials for wide-ranging applications including water treatment/purification, various energy storage devices, catalysis, adsorbents and gas storage/separation; as well as various other carbonaceous based nanocomposite materials including graphene/graphene oxide, carbon nanotubes and carbon black as nanofillers. He is skilled in both nitrogen and mercury porosimetry, TEM (including sample prep), SEM and EDS characterization and mapping, XRD, XPS and Raman spectroscopy.

Besides his current research at UDRI, Dr. Estevez has worked at the University of Maine, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Cornell University, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.


Dr. Estevez's current research includes the following:

  • Designing and implementing a HPC-based high-temperature supercapacitor electrode with molten salt/ionic liquid electrolytes
  • Developing a self-disinfecting N95 respirator for the fight against infection diseases such as COVID-19
  • Developing water treatment systems for installation resilience
  • Leading production of a high temperature (>450°C) secondary battery
  • Synthesizing hierarchical porous carbon (HPC) materials for use as nanocomposites for catalyst supports, battery electrodes, water purification, sorbent materials, etc.
  • Synthesizing/sintering ceramic-based solid electrolytes for a molten high-temperature battery and designing a cell for high-temperature electrochemical characterization
  • Transferring technology from the laboratory to the commercial space


  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering (with Chemistry minor), Cornell University, 2013
  • M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University, 2011
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maine, 2007   Magna cum Laude

Honors and Awards

  • Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 2014
  • Sloan Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 2007-2010
  • GK-12 Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2011
  • Best Presentation Award, ACS Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research Journal, 2017
  • First Place for SEM image, Cornell Center for Material Research Microscopy Image Contest, 2010
  • People’s Choice Award, Second Place for SEM image, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Science as Art Competition, 2015
  • Zellman Warhaft Commitment to Diversity Graduate Student Award, 2011
  • Student of the Month, Diversity Programs in Engineering, November 2010
  • First Place, “A Facile Approach for the Synthesis of Monolithic Hierarchical Porous Carbons” (poster) American Vacuum Society (Hudson Mohawk Chapter), Fall Meeting, 2013
  • Presidential Pin for Academic Excellence, 2006


  • Invited researcher, Dr. Peng Wang Research Group, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
  • Dow Building Science and Engineering Talent (BEST) participant, 2011
  • Member, American Carbon Society
  • Member, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Member, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Mu Epsilon, and Pi Tau Sigma Honor Societies
  • Laboratory Safety Representative, Giannelis Research Group, 2008–2012
  • Laboratory Safety Representative, UDRI, 2019–Present
  • Chief Marketing Officer, Technology Entrepreneurship at Cornell Club
  • Master of Ceremonies, Cornell Diversity Programs in Engineering Awards Banquet, 2009

Selected Publications

Xu GL, Sun H, Luo C, Estevez L, Zhuang M, et al. Solid‐State Lithium/Selenium–Sulfur Chemistry Enabled via a Robust Solid‐Electrolyte Interphase. Advanced Energy Materials. 2019; 9 (2): 1802235

Estevez L, Prabhakaran V, Garcia A, Shin Y, Tao J, Schwarz AM, et al. Hierarchically Porous Graphitic Carbon with Simultaneously High Surface Area and Colossal Pore Volume Engineered via Ice Templating. ACS Nano 2017; 11 (11): 11047-11055.

Sivanantham A, Ganesan P, Estevez L, McGrail BP, Motkuri RK, Shanmugam S. A Stable Graphitic, Nanocarbon‐Encapsulated, Cobalt‐Rich Core–Shell Electrocatalyst as an Oxygen Electrode in a Water Electrolyzer. Advanced Energy Materials 2018; 8 (14): 1702838.

Estevez L, Barpaga D, Zheng J, Sabale S, Patel RL, Zhang J, McGrail BP, Motkuri RK. Hierarchically Porous Carbon Materials for CO2 Capture: The Role of Pore Structure Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (invited manuscript) 2017; 57 (4): 1262-1268.

Estevez L, Reed D, Nie Z, Schwarz A, Nandasiri M, Kizewski J, Wang W, Thomsen E, Liu J, Zhang J, Sprenkle V, Li B. Tunable Oxygen Functional Groups as Electrocatalysts on Graphite Felt Surfaces for All‐Vanadium Flow Batteries. ChemSusChem 2016; 9 (12): 1455-1461.

Sahore R, Estevez L, Ramanujapuram A, DiSalvo F, Giannelis EP. High-rate lithium–sulfur batteries enabled by hierarchical porous carbons synthesized via ice templation. Journal of Power Sources 2015; 297: 188-194.

Estevez L, Dua R, Bhandari N, Ramanujapuram A, Wang P, Giannelis EP. A Facile Approach for the Synthesis of Monolithic Hierarchical Porous Carbons - High Performance Materials for Amine Based CO2 Capture and Supercapacitor Electrode. Energy & Environmental Science. 2013; 6: 1785-1790.

Estevez L, Kelarakis A, Gong Q, Da’as EH, Giannelis EP. Multifunctional graphene/platinum/Nafion hybrids via ice templating. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2011; 133(16): 6122-6125.

Qi G, Wang Y, Estevez L, et al. High efficiency nanocomposite sorbents for CO2 capture based on amine functionalized mesoporous capsules. Energy & Environmental Science. 2011; 4(2): 444-452.

Ansari S, Kelarakis A, Estevez L, Giannelis EP. Oriented arrays of graphene in a polymer matrix by in situ reduction of graphite oxide nanosheets. Small. 2010; 6(2): 205-209.

Lian H, Qian W, Estevez L, Liu H, et al. Enhanced actuation in functionalized carbon nanotube-Nafion Composites. Sensors and actuators, B: Chemical. 2011; B156(1): 187-193.

Estevez L, Barpaga D, Zheng J, Sabale S, Patel RL, Zhang J-G, McGrail BP, Motkuri RK.. Hierarchically Porous Carbon Materials for CO2 Capture: The Role of Pore Structure. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 2018 57 (4), 1262-1268 DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.7b03879