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Megan M. Butala, Ph.D.

National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow
Material Measurement Laboratory
National Institute of Standards & Technology


I am interested in understanding structure–composition–property relationships that govern functional properties, especially in materials for next-generation energy storage. I am also interested in materials with local and average distortions or disorder, including glassy and amorphous materials.


September 2012–June 2017 PhD, Materials, University of California Santa Barbara
Advisor: Ram Seshadri

June 2015 Visiting researcher, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
Advisor: Clare P. Grey

September 2007–June 2012 BS, Materials Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Advisor: Blair London

When not doing research, I enjoy all sorts of movement–modern dance, lifting, yoga, hiking–and all kinds of food-ing–farmer's market produce shopping, cooking, eating.


My CV, as a PDF file.


  • 8. M. M. Butala, V. V. T. Doan-Nguyen, A. J. Lehner, C. Göbel, M. A. Lumley, S. Arnon, K. M. Wiaderek, O. J. Borkiewicz, K. W. Chapman, P. J. Chupas, M. Balasubramanian, and R. Seshadri, et al. Operando Studies Reveal Structural Evolution with Electrochemical Cycling for the Li–CoS2 System. J. Phys. Chem. C, 122 (2018) 24559–24569. [doi]

  • 7. M. M. Butala, M. A. Perez, S. Arnon, C. Göbel, M. B. Preefer, and R. Seshadri. Rapid Microwave-Assisted Preparation of Binary and Ternary Transition Metal Sulfide Compounds. Solid State Sciences, 74 (2017) 8–12. [doi]

  • 6. M. M. Butala, M. Mayo, V. V. T. Doan-Nguyen, M. A. Lumley, C. Göbel, K. M. Wiaderek, O. J. Borkiewicz, K. W. Chapman, P. J. Chupas, M. Balasubramanian, G. Laurita, S. Britto, A. J. Morris, C. P. Grey, and R. Seshadri. Local Structure Evolution and Modes of Charge Storage in Secondary Li–FeS2 Cells. Chem. Mater., 29 (2017) 3070–3082. [doi]

  • 5. R. Dally, R. J. Clément, R. Chisnell, S. Taylor, M. M. Butala, V. V. T. Doan-Nguyen, J. W. Lynn, C. P. Grey, S. D. Wilson. Floating zone growth of α–Na0.9 MnO2 single crystals. J. Cryst. Growth, 459 (2016) 203–208. [doi]

  • 4. V. V. T. Doan-Nguyen, K. S. Subrahmanyam, M. M. Butala, J. C. Gerbec, S. M. Islam, K. N. Kanipe, C. E. Wilson, M. Balasubramanian, K. M. Wiaderek, O. J. Borkiewicz, K. W. Chapman, P. J. Chupas, M. Moskovits, B. S. Dunn, M. G. Kanatzidis, and R. Seshadri. Molybdenum polysulfide chalcogels as high-capacity, anion-redox-driven electrode materials for Li-ion batteries Chem. Mater., 28 (2016) 8357–8365. [doi]

  • 3. K. E. Mackie, A. C. Pebley, M. M. Butala, J. Zhang, G. D. Stucky, and M. J. Gordon. Microplasma spray method for direct, substrate-independent deposition of nanostructured metal oxides, Appl. Phys. Lett., 109 (2016) 033110. [doi]

  • 2. M. M. Butala, K. R. Danks, M. A. Lumley, S. Zhou, B. C. Melot, and R. Seshadri. MnO conversion in Li-ion batteries: In situ studies and the role of mesostructuring, ACS App. Mater. Interfaces, 8 (2016) 6496–6503. [doi]

  • 1. C. Lermer,* M. M. Butala,* B. R. Lettiere, and R. Seshadri, Mesoporous materials from template-free vapor-phase reductive leaching of Zn from Zn—M—O compounds (M = Nb, Mo, W), Cryst. Growth Des., 14 (2014) 4526–4530. [doi] (*equal contribution)


Ram Seshadri: website


Megan M. Butala, Ph.D.
email: megan.butala@nist.gov
alt: megan.m.butala@gmail.com
web: http://www.mrl.ucsb.edu/~seshadri/MeganButala