Prof. Mangolini’s most recent results on the development of novel battery materials have been published in Nano Letters. Precise control of processing parameters allows growing a highly graphitic shell around silicon particles. This stabilizes the performance of the material during charge-discharge cycling, all while being considerably simpler than other competing techniques. Giorgio Nava and Joseph Schwan, a Postdoc and a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering respectively, have led the study. This work was performed in collaboration with the McDowell group at Georgia Tech, which performed in-situ TEM studies of the kinetic of lithiation in presence of a graphitic shell.