Increasing global energy demands and the negative environmental effects of fossil fuels require the advancement of sustainable energy, including renewable energy generation and sustainable storage technologies. Lithium-ion Batteries (LIBs) are the most employed energy storage system in portable electronic devices and electronic vehicles. Higher energy density, faster charging and safer LIBs are important for achieving broader deployment of electric vehicles and other sustainable energy technologies. Abulaiti’s research at Stanford will focus on the development of novel materials for coating LIB electrodes using atomic/molecular layer deposition (ALD/MLD). This new material will be designed to stabilize the surface of the anode against electrolyte decomposition and to resolve Li-ion loss in the electrolyte. The technique she will develop can potentially help in replacing the graphite anode with a Si anode, which has a much higher energy capacity.