Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology     Cambridge, MA

Ph.D. mechanical engineering, GPA 4.9/5.0     2018

Thesis Advisors: Douglas P. Hart, Yang Shao-Horn, Alexander H. Slocum, Thomas W. Eagar

 

S.M. mechanical engineering, GPA 4.8/5.0     2013

Thesis Advisors: Alexander H. Slocum, Yet-Ming Chiang, W. Craig Carter

 

Harvard University     Cambridge, MA

A.B. engineering sciences, GPA 3.7/4.0     2011


Research & Design Experience

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory     Washington, D.C.

National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Fellow with Debra R. Rolison

Designing rechargeable zinc-based mesoporous, 3D-nanoarchitectures and nanocomposites for energy storage applications. 2018–Present

 

Douglas P. Hart Laboratory (MIT)     Cambridge, MA

Research Assistant for Douglas P. Hart

Created and patented a method to mitigate self-discharge in aluminum–air batteries using an oil displacement system with underwater oleophobic electrode and separator-membrane surfaces. First author of paper published in Science. 2015–2018

 

Akamai Technologies, Inc.     Cambridge, MA

Intern for Kevin Riggle in Information Security

Created and patented a method to destructively sanitize solid-state drives (SSDs) that reduced sanitization costs by more than 2 orders of magnitude. Summer 2015

 

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory     Livermore, CA

Intern for Matt Wraith in Defense Technologies Engineering Division

Designed, programmed, and fabricated ultralight, ultrastiff 3D-metal-printed cellular structures for aerospace applications using OpenSCAD and Netfabb. Summer 2014

 

Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR)     Cambridge, MA

Precision Engineering Research Group (MIT)

Research Assistant for Alexander H. Slocum

Created and patented a high energy density flow battery for grid storage applications.  Performed cost analyses, modeling, and optimization of structural/fluid system to stop viscous fingering induced flow instabilities. Co-first author and first author of papers published in Energy & Environmental Science and Journal of Power Sources. 2012–2014

 

Resolute Marine Energy, Inc.     Cambridge, MA

In collaboration with Precision Engineering Research Group

Created a set of analytical tools verified with FEA and experimentally tested to design a pressure-smoothing device used in wave-powered desalination systems for Resolute Marine Energy, Inc.  First author of paper published in Journal of Energy Resources Technology. 2011–2012

 

Spirit AeroSystems     Wichita, KS

In collaboration with Precision Engineering Research Group

Visited Spirit AeroSystems manufacturing plant and worked with management to improve machine design and manufacturing processes with a team of 5 engineers. March 2012

 

Harvard University     Cambridge, MA 

Student of Conor J. Walsh

Designed, built, and tested a proof-of-concept prototype of an implantable AV-shunt flow modulator with a team of 3 engineers and 2 physicians at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  First author of paper published in Journal of Medical Devices. Spring 2011

 

Harvard Biorobotics Laboratory     Cambridge, MA 

Research Assistant for Robert D. Howe

Designed, built, and tested fingertip mechanical impedance analyzer with neurologists from Arizona State University to improve robotic hand design. Summer 2010

 

Westervelt Research Group (Harvard)     Cambridge, MA

Research Assistant for Robert M. Westervelt

Designed, programmed, and tested a multi-touch interface for a microfluidic chip that allows users to view and manipulate living biological cells with a touchscreen in real time. Summer 2009


Publications, Patents, & Presentations

Publications 

[6] Ko, J.S., Geltmacher, A.B., Hopkins, B.J., Rolison, D.R., Long, J.W., Parker, J.F., 2018. Robust 3D Zn sponges enable high power- and energy-dense alkaline batteries. (submitted)

 

[5] Hopkins, B.J., Shao-Horn, Y., Hart, D.P., 2018. Suppressing corrosion in primary aluminum–air batteries via oil displacement. Science, 362(6415), pp.658-661.

 

[4] Chen, X.*, Hopkins, B.J.*, Helal, A., Fan, F.Y., Smith, K.C., Li, Z., Slocum, A.H., McKinley, G.H., Carter, W.C. and Chiang, Y.M., 2016. A low-dissipation, pumpless, gravity-induced flow battery. Energy & Environmental Science, 9(5), pp.1760-1770.

 

[3] Hopkins, B.J., Smith, K.C., Slocum, A.H. and Chiang, Y.M., 2015. Component-cost and performance based comparison of flow and static batteries. Journal of Power Sources, 293, pp.1032-1038.

 

[2] Hopkins, B.J., Padhye, N., Greenlee, A., Torres, J., Thomas, L., Ljubicic, D.M., Kassner, M.P. and Slocum, A.H., 2014. Damping Pressure Pulsations in a Wave-Powered Desalination System. Journal of Energy Resources Technology, 136(2), p.021205.

 

[1] Hopkins, B.J., Wu, H., Marks, W.H., Quan, Q., Kesner, S., Ozaki, C.K. and Walsh, C., 2012. Hemodialysis Graft Resistance Adjustment Device. Journal of Medical Devices, 6(2), p.021011.

 

* equal contribution

 

Patents

[3] Hopkins, B.J. and Hart, D.P., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017. Corrosion mitigation in metal-air batteries. International Application PCT/US2017/020093.

 

[2] Hopkins, B.J. and Riggle, K.A., Akamai Technologies Inc, 2017. Efficiently sanitizing a solid state drive (SSD). U.S. Patent Application 14/831,370.

 

[1] Hopkins, B.J., Slocum, A.H., Chen, X., Chiang, Y.M., Fan, F.Y., Helal, A., Li, Z., Smith, K.C. and Carter, W.C., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015. Gravity induced flow cell. U.S. Patent Application 14/557,924.

Presentations

[6] Hopkins, B.J. and Hart, D.P. High-power, low-corrosion aluminum-air battery (talk). Fall Meeting of the Material Research Society, Boston, MA, November 2017.

 

[5] Hopkins, B.J. and Hart, D.P. High-power, low-corrosion aluminum-air battery (talk). ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE), Tampa, FL, November 2017.

 

[4] Hopkins, B.J. and Hart, D.P. High-power, low-corrosion aluminum-air battery (talk). 232nd Meeting of the Electrochemical Society, National Harbor, MD, October 2017.

 

[3] Hopkins, B.J. and Hart, D.P. High-power, low-corrosion aluminum-air battery (poster). MIT Mechanical Engineering de Florez Award Competition, Cambridge, MA, May 2017.

 

[2] Hopkins, B.J. and Hart, D.P. High-power, low-corrosion aluminum-air battery (poster). MIT Mechanical Engineering Research Exhibition, Cambridge, MA, September 2016.

 

[1] Hopkins, B.J., Fan, F.Y., Li, Z., Smith, K.C., Chen, X., Slocum, A.H., Carter, W.C. and Chiang, Y.M. Gravity induced flow cell using suspension-based flow electrodes (poster). Fall Meeting of the Material Research Society, Boston, MA, December 2013.


Awards, Honors, & Press

Awards

Awarded a National Research Council (NRC) postdoctoral fellowship sponsored by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and conducted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. June 2018

 

First place graduate winner ($1,500) for engineering design in the MIT Mechanical Engineering de Florez Award Competition. Presented a poster and working prototype of a high-power, low-corrosion aluminum-air battery. May 2017

 

Grand prize winner ($500) for outstanding presentation at the MIT Mechanical Engineering Research Exhibition (MERE). Presented a poster entitled "High-Power, Low-Corrosion Aluminum-Air Battery" and was one of three grand prize winners out of 76 graduate student contestants. September 2016 

 

Akamai Patent Award ($2,000) for filing a patent on a method to destructively sanitize solid-state drives (SSDs) that reduced sanitization costs by more than 2 orders of magnitude. First Akamai intern to ever receive a company patent award. August 2015

 

Star Family Prize Award nomination for exemplary intellectual and personal guidance of undergraduate students at Harvard College. March 2015  

 

Grand-prize winner of MIT's Product Design and Development Competition ($900) for a toddler fire-escape device. Spring 2013

 

CIMIT Award for Mechanical Ingenuity for a surgically implantable AV-shunt flow modulator. Spring 2011

Harvard PRISE Scholar (stipend, room, and board). Summer 2009

 

Mabel and Lawrence S. Cooke Eagle Scout Scholarship ($48,000). Summer 2005

 

Micron Science and Technology Scholarship ($16,500). Spring 2005

Honors

Graduated cum laude from Harvard College. May 2011

 

Graduated with high honors from engineering department of Harvard College. May 2011 

Press

Clemens, K. 2018. A solution to the aluminum air battery issue. Design News.

Hurley, B., 2018. New metal–air battery design offers a potential boost to electric vehicles. Tech Briefs.

Cruickshank, A., 2018. This new battery design could be the future of powering off-the-grid cottages. Cottage Life.

King, A., 2018. Oil boosts battery shelf life by suppressing corrosion. Chemistry World.

Fitzgerald, R.J. 2018. Improving the potential of aluminum–air batteries. Physics Today.

Grylls, B. 2018. A way to substantially reduce corrosion from occurring in metal–air batteries has been developed by MIT. New Electronics.

Amin, N. 2018. Extending the life of metal–air batteries. Lab Roots.

Tollefson, J. 2018. Oil foils corrosion in high-capacity batteries. Nature.

 

Temming, M., 2018. These fragile, futuristic batteries run longer with a little oil. Science News.

 

Chandler, D.L., 2018. Extending the life of low-cost, compact, lightweight batteries. MIT News Office.

Epstein, Z. 2016. Revolutionary new battery runs on gravity. BGR.

Chandler, D.L., 2016. Old timekeeper, new battery technology. MIT Technology Review, 119(5).

 

Meehan, C., 2016. Wanna store solar energy? MIT says flip-it. Solar Reviews News.

 

Chandler, D.L., 2016. New concept turns battery technology upside-down. MIT News Office.

 

Chandler, D.L., 2015. New manufacturing approach slices lithium-ion battery cost in half. MIT News Office.

 

Fox News, 2014. MIT scientist invents fuel allowing electric cars to go father without bigger batteries. National Fox News.


Teaching & Leadership Experience

Harvard Pforzheimer Resident Engineering Tutor     Cambridge, MA

Advised and tutored students at Pforzheimer House in math, engineering, and computer science. 2012–2018

 

MIT 15.783 Product Design & Development Head Teaching Assistant     Cambridge, MA 

Mentor for interdisciplinary graduate design class taught by Steven D. EppingerMaria YangJerome Arul, and Matthew Kressy. Spring 2015 

 

MIT 2.009 Product Engineering Processes Teaching Assistant     Cambridge, MA 

Mentor and class photographer for senior design class taught by Professor David R. Wallace. Fall 2014

 

Treasurer of MIT Competitive Powerlifting Team     Cambridge, MA 

Organized finances and fundraising for and actively participated in MIT club sport. Spring 2013

 

Activities Committee Co-Chair     Cambridge, MA

Organized and led social activities for local church with a membership of over 100. 2012–2013

 

Director of Finance and Record Management     Cambridge, MA

Organized finances and maintained records for local church with a membership of over 200. 2010–2012

 

Branch President and Missionary     Moscow and Tula, Russia

Missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Learned Russian to support and lead local Russian church communities.  Regularly taught English and helped maintain hospitals, orphanages, shelters, and public parks. 2006–2008

 

Eagle Scout     Salt Lake City, UT

Received Eagle Scout award at age 12 and earned a total of 81 merit badges. June 1999