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Brent Melot

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Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science


  • Doctoral Degree, Materials, University of California - Santa Barbara
  • Bachelor's Degree, Chemistry, University of California - Santa Barbara
  • Bachelor's Degree, Chemical Engineering, University of California - Santa Barbara


Melot received his Ph.D. from the Materials Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, under the supervision of Ram Seshadri and subsequently joined the Laboratoire de Réactivité et Chimie des Solides in Amiens as a postdoctoral research associate under Jean-Marie Tarascon. Since starting his independent career in 2012, his group has focused on developing a deeper understanding of how the crystal structure and composition of materials influence their functional properties. They are broadly interested in materials for a diverse range of applications including halide perovskite light absorbers, frustrated magnetism in oxides, heterogeneous catalysts, as well as alkali and fluoride insertion hosts for energy storage.

Research Summary

The Melot group works on all aspects of materials design, meaning that we synthesize new compounds, study their atomic structure, and characterize their functional properties. Current topics include photovoltaics, intercalation electrodes for Li-, Na-, or F-ion batteries, and heterogeneous catalysts for sustainable chemistry.


  • 2017 Research Corporation for Science Advancement Cottrell Scholar Award
  • 2017 Research Corporation for Science Advancement Scialog Fellow on Advanced Energy Storage 2017-2019
  • 2016 Royal Society of Chemistry Journal of Materials Chemistry A Emerging Investigator
  • 2016 National Science Foundation NSF CAREER Award
  • Chemistry

  • SGM 213
  • USC Mail Code: 1062

Contact Information
  • melot@usc.edu


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