Biography

Elizabeth (Beth) Miller is a postdoctoral scholar in the Toney Group at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory’s Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource. Her research focuses on characterization of lithium-sulfur batteries using advanced X-ray imaging and spectroscopy methods as part of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, the Department of Energy’s Energy Innovation Hub for transportation and grid battery technology, and Battery500, a multi-research institution consortium to develop batteries for electric vehicles. 

Beth grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and earned a B.S. with honors in Materials Science and Engineering with a minor in Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University in 2010. She earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Materials Science and Engineering in 2015 as a fellow in the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship. Her graduate research in the Barnett Group focused on developing new anode chemistries for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells. During her time in graduate school, she collaborated with both domestic and international labs and universities to pursue her passion for energy research including Sandia National Laboratories as part of the Sunshine to Petrol project on solar thermochemical processes and at the Technical University of Denmark – Risø’s Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, furthering international collaborations on fuel cell technologies. 

Teaching and mentoring were integral parts of Beth’s motivation in graduate school, which she has continued as a postdoc by mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for materials science and clean energy with younger students, especially women and girls, via outreach programs at SLAC and Stanford to spread excitement about STEM fields. In her spare time, Beth enjoys baking delicious desserts and exploring California’s beautiful landscapes.