Telpriore Tucker

School of Molecular Sciences
Physical Sciences Center PSD-D102
Office PSB-259
Tempe
Postdoc Research Associate
Post Doctoral Scholars
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1604

Biography

Chemist | Instructor | Author | Inventor | Entrepreneur  

Dr. Telpriore "Greg" Tucker is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Arizona State University for exploratory studies of ion motion in protic ionic liquids (PILs) along with continued research of novel electrolytes for Alkali-metal batteries (energy storage devices) and hydrogen/oxygen fuel cell systems (energy generation devices) granted by the Army Research Office and U.S. Department of Energy. 

Prior, he was a past consulting electrochemist for MetOxs Electrochemicals Pte. Ltd. based in Tucson, AZ for a proprietary electrodeposition process for utilizing highly conductive liquids for prospective applications in flexible displays, battery cells, and solar panels. 

He was the Founding President for the 1st Graduate Student Chapter of The Electrochemical Society in the State of Arizona where awarded Chapter of Excellence in 2014. He is the Treasurer for the Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce. Lastly, he serves as the STEM Coordinator for the North Star Foundation for Youth Advancement, registered non-profit organization of District #27 in Phoenix. 

Education

Arizona State University (Dept of Chemistry & Biochemistry)  Tempe, AZ        Dec 2014

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

  • Doctorate: Chemistry
  • Dissertation: Synthesis and Characterization of Ionic Liquids for Alkali-Metal Batteries and an Electrolyte for Non-Humidified Fuel Cells

 

Tennessee State University (Dept of Chemistry)  Nashville, TN                        Aug 2006

Bachelors of Science (B.Sc.)

  • Major: Chemistry
  • Minor: Biology 
  • Thesis Title: Brief Exposure to Pentachlorophenol Causes Progressive Loss of Cytotoxic Function in Human Natural Killer Cells

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Research Interests

  • Chemical synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds, ionic liquids, molten salts, and plastic crystals
  • Fuel cells, hydrogen storage, and battery systemssolar cells, and electrified transportation, e.g. electric bikes, cars, and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles)
  • Design of electrochemical testing apparatuses, e.g. conductivity cells 
  • STEM (Sci+Tech+Eng+Math) education in renewable energies and sustainable business practices

Research Group

Senior Researcher of the Dr. C. Austen Angell Lab Group of the School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University in Tempe.

Publications

RELATED PUBLICATIONS (H-INDEX: 5) AND ARTICLES:

  • T.G. Tucker, S. Davidowski, and C.A. Angell. Inorganic Vs. Organic Cations of Ionic Liquids and Their Solutions with Alkali-Metal containing Electrolytes. J. of Electrochem. Soc. 164 (4) H153-H158 (2017)
  • Y. Ansari, T.G. Tucker, W. Huang, I.S. Klein, S.-Y. Lee, J.L. Yarger, and C.A. Angell. A Flexible Phosphoric Acid Silica Polymer Gel with Conductivity above Nafion for PEM Fuel Cell Operation to 150oC. J. of Power Sources 303, 1-8 (2016)
  • K. Vignarooban, R. Kushagra, A. Elango, P. Badami, B.-E. Mellander, X. Xu, T.G. Tucker, C. Nam, and A.M. Kannan. Current Trends and Future Challenges of Electrolytes for Sodium-Ion Batteries. Int’l. J. of Hydrogen Energy 41, 2829-2846 (2016)
  • T.G. Tucker and J. Green. Electric Bikes & Arizona Riders, Newsletter of SMS (School of Molecular Sciences) Entrepreneurial Alumnus, May (2016)
  • L. Xue, T.G. Tucker, and C.A. Angell. Na-Fe (Redox) Battery based on an Ionic Liquid Catholyte. Adv. Energy Mater. 5(12) 1-8 (2015)
  • T.G. Tucker & C.A. Angell. Approaches and Problem; Ionic Liquid Electrolytes for Alkali-Metal Electrochemical Devices: Case of Low-Melting Chloroaluminate Binary Solutions. J. of Electrochem. Soc. 161 (12) H1-H6 (2014)
  • Y. Ansari, T.G. Tucker, and C.A. Angell. Novel, Easily Synthesized, Anhydrous Derivative of Phosphoric Acid for Use in Electrolyte with Phosphoric Acid-Based Fuel Cells. J. of Power Sources 237, 47-51 (2013)
  • L. Xue, X. Xia, T.G. Tucker, K. Fu, S. Zhang, S. Li, and X. Zhang. A Simple Method to Encapsulate SnSb Nanoparticles into Hollow Carbon Nanofibers with Superior Lithium-ion Storage Capability. J. of Mater. Chem. A, 1(44), 13807-13813 (2013)

 

PATENTS:

  • C.A. Angell, Y. Ansari, T.G. Tucker.  Phosphoric Acid-Based Electrolytes and Applications Thereof.  No: US 9,647,288 B2 (2017, Issued)
  • C.A. Angell, I.S. Klein, T.G. Tucker.  Inorganic Plastic Crystal Electrolytes.  No: US 2016/0043431 Al (2016, Pending)
  • C.A. Angell, Y. Ansari, T.G. Tucker, I.S. Klein.  Flexible Inorganic Fuel Cell Membrane.  No: 62/166,424 (2015, Filed)

Research Activity

  • Project: Prepared inorganic gel membranes as novel electrolytes for a H2/O2 fuel cell under non-humidified gas conditions
  • Investigated the electrical conductivities in liquid and solid phases and physicochemical properties of novel ionic liquids and plastic crystals via EIS, CV, CP/CA, and viscosity techniques
  • Certified Green Lab Coordinator assessed lab and equipment operation for sustainable improvements
  • Assisted lab setup for moisture-sensitive chemical synthesis of proprietary molten salts for electroplating purposes at MetOxs Electrochemicals Pte. Ltd.

Presentations

Arizona State University   Tempe, AZ                            Jan 2008  Dec 2010

Teaching Assistant (TA) 

  • Dept of Chemistry & Biochem lab courses: Instructed Chemistry for Engineers and Chemistry & Society
  • Performed lab test demonstrations, solved example problems, and provided real-world application with overview
  • Enforced proper protective equipment, i.e. wearing goggles 
  • Directed students for best methods to strategize for course work completion during recitation periods  

 

English Through Real Conversation  Monterrey, M�xico                            Sept  Dec 2005

Course Instructor

  • Assisted in classes with fellow international students of Instituto Technol�gico de Monterrey (Tec) to share English conversations with Mexican teachers in training

 

Tennessee State University  Nashville, TN                            May  Aug 2005

TLSAMP Tutor

  • Provided tutorials for completing and understanding chemistry course related maerials to fellow undergraduate students during office hours

Honors/Awards

  • Received 1st Place in postdoctoral category for fuel cell patent pitch at the 2018 Knowledge Mobilization Impact competition
  • Received 3rd Place in postdoctoral category for fuel cell electrolyte research at the 2017 WAESO conference
  • Contributed for company recognition as 2016 Small Business of the Year  Legislative District 27 in central Phoenix by Arizona House of Representatives
  • Recipient of 2015 City of Phoenix certificate of appreciation signed by Mayor Stanton for K-12 STEM educational community outreach program
  • Earned 2014 Chapter of Excellence (co-2nd place) by The Electrochemical Society (ECS) as Founding chair of the graduate student chapter at ASU
  • Served on City of Phoenix Eastlake-Garfield Steering Committee providing input in renewable energy and sustainability for new building developments in 2013  
  • Recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Diversity Award for student peer mentoring efforts as the Graduate Liaison by the Campus Environment Teams at ASU.
  • Received research fellowships from U.S. DoE (Dept of Energy), NSF (National Science Foundation), NIH (National Institute of Health), and MIRT (Minority International Research Training) in Finland of Europe

Editorships

  • Manuscript Reviewer for the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
  • Editor for the Shades Peer Mentoring Newsletter of the ASU Dept of Education 

Professional Associations

<ul> <li>The Electrochemical Society (ECS)</li> <li>American Chemical Society (ACS)</li> <li>Materials Research Society (MRS)</li> <li>Natl Org for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemist &amp; Chemical Engineers (NOBBChE)</li> <li>IEEE Transportation Electrification Community</li> <li>Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA)</li> <li>Arizona North Star Foundation, 501(c)3</li> <li>Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce (AzGC)</li> <li>Greater Phoenix Urban League Young Professionals</li> <li>Reinvent PHX Eastlake-Garfield Steering Committee,&nbsp;City of Phoenix</li> <li>Local First Arizona (LFA)</li> <li>The League of American Bicyclists</li> <li>Beta Kappa Xu (BKX) &amp;&nbsp;Beta Beta Beta (BBB) scientific honor societies</li> </ul>

Service

The Ironmen Network, Youth Initiative – Phoenix, AZ                Sept 2010 – Present                    

STEM Coordinator

  • Instructing K-12 students and delivered events: Annual Renewable Energy Session, STEM-Day College Trip to ASU, AZ Science Center, and AZ Biosphere 2

 

Arizona Science Engineering Fair – Phoenix, AZ                              April 2013 – April 2016                                                     

Judge

  • Served as a STEM judge at the statewide science fair for K-12 students held annually in downtown Phoenix

 

Reinvent PHX Steering Committee – Phoenix, AZ                   Sept 2013 – May 2015

General Body Member

  • Provided input for sustainable energy improvements and feedback on city design plans to enhance public transit ridership for grant initiative by City of Phoenix as Vice President of Eastlake Park Neighborhood Association (EPNA) in downtown

 

Bold Leaders Aspiring Change – Phoenix, AZ                              Jan 2011 – Feb 2013

Treasurer

  • Submitted official treasury reports to corresponding city and state jurisdictions after raising funds in support for improved K-12 public school education

 

Work History

<p>&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>MetOxs Electrochemicals, Pte. Ltd.  Tucson, AZ&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Oct 2016  April 2017</strong></p> <p><em>Research Scientist (fixed-term period agreement)</em></p> <ul> <li>Project: Prepared water-sensitive media as proprietary electrolytes for electroplating, e.g. Li-ion battery cells, flexible display panels, and photovoltaic modules</li> <li>Configured potentiostats and a chemical reactor for precious metal recovery in commercial applications</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>U.S. Battery Bike Co., LLC  Phoenix, AZ&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;June 2013  Feb 2017</strong></p> <p><em>E-Bike Battery Specialist</em></p> <ul> <li>Evaluated Li-ion battery packs and presented design proposals for electric bicycle (e-bike) rider usage.&nbsp; Additionally, doing business as (dba) <em>Sirius E-bikes</em> for sales</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Research &amp; Development, Solar Ionix  Scottsdale, AZ&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; April 2008  Sept 2009</strong></p> <p><em>Electrochemist</em></p> <ul> <li>Project: Prepared room-temperature ionic liquids as prospective electrolytes for silicon electrodeposition</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Materials Div, Pacific Northwest National Lab  Richland, WA&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;June  Aug 2007</strong></p> <p><em>Chemist (DoE-FE&nbsp;graduate fellowship)</em></p> <ul> <li>Project: Investigated super ionic proton-conductors for H2/O2 fuel cells and gas sensory applications</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Dept of Physics, Monterrey Institute of Technology  M�xico&nbsp; &nbsp;Aug 2005  June 2006</strong></p> <p><em>Researcher (study abroad student)</em></p> <ul> <li>Project: Combined fundamentals of fuel cells and transportation applications.</li> <li>Experienced general chemistry and business classes in Spanish</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Div of Pharmacology &amp; Toxicology, Univ of Helsinki  Finland&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; May  July 2004</strong></p> <p><em>Researcher (NIH-MIRT undergraduate&nbsp;internship)</em></p> <ul> <li>Project: Extracted midbrain glial cells of lab rats then cultivated in media.&nbsp; Prepared nicotinic dilutions for brain cell treatments then incubated&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Dept of Pharmacology, Univ of Iowa  Iowa City, Iowa&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;June  Aug 2003</strong></p> <p><em>Researcher (NIH-MARC undergraduate&nbsp;internship)</em></p> <ul> <li>Project: Inserted DNA mutations into template plasmids.&nbsp; Replicated in cells then discovered enzymatic and dephosphorylic activity for pathological brain function</li> </ul>

Consulting

S.T.E.M. Chemist Consulting, L.L.C.

TECHNICAL SKILLS

  • Assisted lab setup for moisture-sensitive chemical synthesis of proprietary molten salts for electroplating purposes at MetOxs Electrochemicals Pte. Ltd.
  • Evaluated Li-ion and lead-acid battery packs plus data acquisition for electric bike (e-bike) rider usage as a certified Bosch Li-ion battery pack diagnostic tester at U.S. Battery Bike Co., L.L.C.
  • Coordinated packaging and shipping of air-sensitive samples with lab groups for third-party verification by BekkTech and Scribner & Associates for the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE)
  • Achieved measuring publishable results of novel materials synthesized then electrochemically tested in conductivity cells that were designed for greater measurement accuracy in the liquid or solid phases and further customizing an in-house fabricated fuel cell station for enhancing overall performance of the MEA (Membrane Electrode Assembly)
  • Techniques: electrochemical impedance spec. EIS, inorganic synthesis, DTA, TGA, XRD, CV, chronoamp./potentiometry, sol-gelation, pH titration, microscopy SEM/EDX, NMR, and DSC
  • Equipment: potentiostats, fuel cell, conductivity cells, viscometer, glovebox, sputter coater, distiller, rotovap., flow meters, centrifuge, desiccators, vac-oven, and solder
  • Computational: EC Lab, Labview, Powersuite, Chem Sketch, MS Excel, MS Power Point, ZPlot, X’Pert, Elements, Origin, WebPlotDigitizer, Mathematica, Base Camp, Fact Sage, and Google Drive

 

MANAGEMENT SKILLS

  • Submitted highlighted results for DoE, DoD, and ARO quarterly and annual reports
  • Certified (#G00163) as Green Lab Coordinator by Environmental Health & Safety Department (EH&S) and School of Sustainability at Arizona State University (ASU)
  • Managed material data safety sheet (MSDS) online cloud and hardcopy filings
  • Collaborated with Arizona State Representative (Legislative District. 27) for sponsorship proposal of youth program to the Arizona Science Center
  • Lead coordinator for 7+ years for an educational S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) youth program for local K-12 students
  • Facilitator for K-12 STEM Summit by the State of Black Arizona for the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) at Palo Verde High School in 2016 
  • Founding Chair of The Electrochemical Society (ECS) graduate chapter at ASU
  • Leadership: mobilized fellow lab-mates in our group to complete tasks for safety compliance, routine maintenance, waste removal, addition of new equipment, and etc
  • Blogger: written articles emphasizing electrified transportation and distributed through newsletter, magazine, email, and social media platforms

Board

Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce – Phoenix, AZ                              Nov 2015 – Present                                             

Treasurer

  • Serving on the Board of Directors and legislative policy committee to fulfill the mission of disseminating business-focused information and creating objectives to enhance sustainability for local businesses

Industry Positions

MetOxs Electrochemicals, Pte. Ltd. – Tucson, AZ                     Oct 2016 – April 2017

Research Scientist (fixed-term period agreement)

  • Project: Prepared water-sensitive media as proprietary electrolytes for electroplating, e.g. Li-ion battery cells, flexible display panels, and photovoltaic modules
  • Configured potentiostats and a chemical reactor for precious metal recovery in commercial applications

 

U.S. Battery Bike Co., LLC – Phoenix, AZ                                   June 2013 – Feb 2017

E-Bike Battery Technician

  • Evaluated Li-ion battery packs and presented design proposals for electric bicycle (e-bike) rider usage.  Additionally, doing business as (dba) Sirius E-bikes for sales

 

Research & Development, Solar Ionix – Scottsdale, AZ           April 2008 – Sept 2009

Electrochemist

  • Project: Prepared room-temperature ionic liquids as prospective electrolytes for silicon electrodeposition

 

Materials Div, Pacific Northwest National Lab – Richland, WA       June – Aug 2007

Chemist (DoE-FE graduate fellowship)

  • Project: Investigated super ionic proton-conductors for H2/O2 fuel cells and gas sensory applications

Executive Education Courses

  • Mid-Drive Electric Bike Certification by Bosch at Int’l Bike Conference in Las Vegas, NV (2015)                   
  • Grid-Scale Energy Storage by ECS at 225th Conference in Orlando, FL (2014)
  • Science Outside the Lab by CSPO (Consortium of Science Policy & Outcomes) in Washington, D.C. (2012)    
  • Impedance Spectroscopy by ECS at 213th Conference in Phoenix, AZ (2008)