Sang Cheol is passionate about accelerating the energy transition. He began his career in clean energy at LG Chem, a major chemical and Li-ion battery manufacturer. For about three years, Sang Cheol worked as a cell development engineer for electric vehicle applications, where he received numerous accolades for his high performance. After accruing industrial experience and developing an eye for practically important problems, Sang Cheol moved to Stanford University to pursue his graduate studies in materials science and engineering. Alongside Prof. Yi Cui, Sang Cheol worked on probing and designing Li battery electrolytes, developing new tools and high-performance electrolytes for next generation Li batteries. Now, as a Stanford Energy Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Steven Chu, former US Secretary of Energy and 1997 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Sang Cheol is extending his expertise in electrolytes and electrochemistry to develop new solutions for tackling energy and climate challenges. 

In addition to scientific contributions, he has also made contributions to energy policy. Leveraging his experience in industrial and academic research, Sang Cheol served as a panelist on Trans-Pacific Sustainability Dialogue, led by Mr. Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of UN, and as a fellow on Stanford Emerging Technology Review, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former US Secretary of State. Sang Cheol is passionate about contributing to communities within and beyond Stanford, having served as a student leader, committee member and peer reviewer. Sang Cheol has been awarded with numerous accolades for his contributions in research and to the community, including MRS Graduate Student Award and ECS Daniel Cubicciotti Student Award.


B.S. Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science 

A. B. Chemistry


M.S. Materials Science and Engineering


Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering


Research Experience

Postdoctoral Researcher- Stanford University  w/ Prof. Steven Chu (2023-Present)

Sang Cheol is developing novel electrochemical materials systems for sustainability.

Graduate Researcher- Stanford University  w/ Prof. Yi Cui (2018-2023)

Sang Cheol worked on probing and designing liquid electrolytes for lithium batteries.

Professional Experience

Cell Development Engineer- LG Chem Automotive Battery Division (2015-2018)

Sang Cheol's role at LG Chem involved the design and validation of cells, as well as client communication. Some of his notable responsibilities were the design of the platform chemistry of plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) cells for 5 global automakers, and the project management of a PHEV project for a Chinese automaker. Sang Cheol received numerous prestigious awards, including the Top Performance of the Year Award.