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Michael Toney, PhD

Affiliate, SSRL

(650) 926-2056

I work at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource conducting research into the relationship between materials physical structure and functional properties. I focus on materials used for sustainable energy generation, transmission, storage and usage with an emphasis on inexpensive, earth abundant materials.



NATO postdoctoral fellow at Risoe National Laboratory, Denmark

PhD, University of Washington

BS, California Institute of Technology


Research Interests

The research in my group involves structural characterization of materials used for energy conversion, storage and use and for information processing. We use various X-ray and neutron scattering techniques, including X-ray diffraction and small angle scattering, to obtain detailed pictures of materials physical structures and morphology.


  • Organic Photovoltaics
  • Organic Thin Film Transistors and Other Electronics
  • Inorganic Photovoltaics and Transparent Conducting Oxides
  • Fuel Cell Electro-Catalysts
  • High Capacity Batteries
  • Nanotechnology
  • Complex Oxide Thin Films
  • Polymer Hydrogels
  • Fuel Cell Membranes



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