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 contributions. After accruing industrial experience and developing an eye for practically important problems, Sang Cheol moved to Stanford University to pursue 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, 1997 Nobel Laureate in Physics and former US Secretary of Energy, Sang Cheol is extending his expertise in electrolytes and electrochemistry to develop new solutions for carbon capture. 

Recognizing that policy is crucial in accelerating the development and deployment of technologies, Sang Cheol has recently become involved in 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 United Nations (UN), and as a fellow on Stanford Emerging Technology Review, led by Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former US Secretary of State. Sang Cheol is also 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 the Stanford Energy Postdoctoral (STEP) Fellowship, Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Award and Electrochemical Society (ECS) Daniel Cubicciotti Student Award.

Sang Cheol was born in South Korea, where he spent his first 10 years. He grew up in Singapore, where he went to middle school and high school and has also lived in the UK, Japan and China. Sang Cheol served in the military of South Korea as a sergeant with specialty in artillery. Outside of lab, he enjoys spending time with family and his baby daughter, cooking and enjoying good food and drinks with family and friends.


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 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 battery 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.