Austin D. Sendek


Stanford University Department of Applied Physics


I am a Ph.D. student in the Stanford Applied Physics Department, working with Prof. Evan Reed and Prof. Yi Cui. My research combines approaches from materials science and machine learning to find innovative ways to electrochemically store energy. In my work, I employ many computational techniques from conventional materials simulations like density functional theory and molecular dynamics, as well as various supervised and unsupervised learning algorithms. As the first member of the Reed group to employ machine learning based techniques, I have helped grow this into a major effort within our group that currently encompasses six students and postdocs. My work is supported by a seed grant from the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy.

You can read my most recent paper in Energy & Environmental Science here, in which we leveraged machine learning algorithms to perform the first holistic screening of all known lithium-containing solids for use as solid electrolytes in lithium ion batteries.


In addition to my research, I am an active member of the Stanford energy and environmental communities. From 2015-2016 I served as the co-president of the Stanford Energy Club, Stanford's largest student-run energy organization, and I now serve as one of its vice presidents, managing a team of over 30 student leaders. I am also currently a member of the Rising Environmental Leaders Program with the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford, and in 2014 I served as the founding co-director of the Stanford Energy Storage Community. I recently co-authored a paper on an exciting new approach to enabling superior lithium ion batteries with Professor Steven Chu, former United States Secretary of Energy, which can be accessed here. I am also occasionally recognized in public for being the guy who once tried to make the Northern California slang word "hella" an official SI unit prefix.


I have worked with some of Silicon Valley's largest venture capital funds to help perform due diligence on energy-related companies, especially in the battery space. If you would like to work with me, please contact me by email.