Elizabeth (Beth) Miller

Elizabeth (Beth) Miller is a postdoctoral scholar in the Toney Group at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory’s Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource. Her research focuses on characterization of lithium-sulfur batteries using advanced X-ray spectromicroscopy methods. Beth’s main area of research centers on developing new electrochemical battery cell designs that are suitable for operando characterization at the sulfur K absorption edge. With this design, she can capture spatially resolved chemical maps of the sulfur species present during battery cycling and correlate chemistry to battery performance. Beth’s other research interests include characterization of the solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) on lithium metal and exploration of solvate electrolyte chemistries for Li-S batteries. 

Beth grew up in North Wales, Pennsylvania in the suburbs of Philadelphia and earned a B.S. with honors in Materials Science and Engineering and a minor in Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University in 2010. As a fellow in the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship, she earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Materials Science and Engineering in 2015. Her graduate research in Scott Barnett’s group focused on developing new anode chemistries for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells. During her time in graduate school, she collaborated with labs and universities both domestic and international to pursue her passion for energy research including Sandia National Laboratories as part of the Sunshine to Petrol project on solar thermochemical processes and at the Technical University of Denmark – Risø’s Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, furthering international collaborations on fuel cell technologies.

Teaching and mentoring were integral parts of Beth’s motivation in graduate school, which she has continued as a postdoc by mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for materials science and clean energy through outreach programs to younger students, especially women and girls, to get them excited about STEM fields. In her spare time, Beth enjoys baking delicious desserts and exploring California’s beautiful landscapes.