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Susan Odom

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Affiliated Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering


859-257-3294 (office), 859-257-9545 (lab)
Chemistry-Physics 148b (office), Chemistry-Physics 225 (lab)


B.S. University of Kentucky, 2003

Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008

University of Illinois, postdoctoral researcher, 2008-2011

My research focuses on the design, synthesis, and characterization of conjugated organic materials for applications that access multiple states of oxidation. In particular, we are interested in structure/property relationships of redox-active molecules for energy storage applications, such as lithium-ion batteries and redox-flow batteries. The organic components of these energy storage devices are vast and complex, and considering new materials requires meeting a diverse property set in a complex environment of electrolyte solvents, salts, and charged interfaces. In addition to tailoring organic molecules such that they exhibit reversible redox events in these environments, we must also consider factors such as electrochemical potentials, solubility over multiple states of charge, diffusion coefficients, permeability, and - not to be forgotten - cost and scalability. Simplicity in design is a critical factor.  The elegance of our work is realized when we can design and produce a simple, scalable compounds that allow us to advance our understanding and demonstrate improved function in working devices.


Research Interests: 

  • Synthesis of conjugated materials
  • Sevelopment of stable electro-active materials
  • Electrodes and electrolytes for electrochemical energy storage
  • Electron transfer reactions