Cary Pint

Cary L. Pint


Charles Schafer (Battelle) Chair of Engineering and Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering


2018 Black Engr
2529 Union Dr
Ames, IA 50011-2030



Prof. Cary Pint leads a research team (ENERG @ ISU) broadly interested in topics relating to studying the design and performance of next-generation energy systems.  The aim of our team is to study and translate new mechanistic properties related to these systems and translate these findings toward efficient and practical system-level development and design.  Whereas the specific interests of our team continuously evolve under the umbrella of this goal, some current interests of our team focus on: (1) Designing safe, high energy density, and low-cost battery systems for next-generation energy storage, (2) Studying the intersection between mechanics and battery materials to enable efficient textile-integrated energy harvesting and biomechanical sensing materials, (3) Optimizing system-level integration of energy systems through multi-functional design, such as in carbon fiber reinforced structural Li-ion batteries, and (4) Applying concepts of energy efficiency and nanomaterials design toward practical sustainability challenges, such as for the capture and conversion of carbon dioxide into solid, valuable carbons.

Overall, Prof. Pint brings a long track record of accomplishments in the areas intersecting energy devices and systems and nanomaterials with over 115 peer reviewed journals published and 14 US patents granted.  Pint also serves as an Associate Editor for Energy Storage Materials, the highest impact journal devoted to the dynamic area of energy storage, and has a passion for translating ideas relating to energy science into practical outcomes through corporate engagement and spin-off companies.  Pint has received numerous high profile awards for his accomplishments in energy systems, including being named as a “Top 30 under 30” disruptor by Forbes Magazine, “Top 20 under 40” talent in academia by the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), and a past Kavli Frontiers Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences.

Pint’s favorite pastime is to engage in discussions and thoughts about old or new ideas and concepts regarding energy systems with interested students, staff, and faculty, so please stop by!


  • PhD, Applied Physics, Rice University, 2010
  • MS, Applied Physics, Rice University, 2009
  • BS, Physics, University of Northern Iowa, 2005

Interest Areas

  • Energy storage
  • Battery Design
  • Energy Harvesting
  • Multifunctional and Integrated Energy Materials
  • Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing
  • Mechanical Energy Conversion
  • Carbon Capture and Conversion


  • K. Moyer, C. Meng, B. Marshall, O. Assal, J. Eaves, D. Perez, R. Karkkainen, L. Roberson, C.L Pint, “Carbon Fiber Reinforced Structural Lithium-Ion Battery Composite: Multifunctional Power Integration for CubeSats,” Energy Storage Materials 24, 676-681 (2020).
  • C. Meng, N. Muralidharan, E. Teblum, K. Moyer, G.D. Nessim, and C.L. Pint, “Multifunctional Structural Ultra-Battery Composite,” Nano Letters 18, 7761-7768 (2018).
  • A. Douglas, R. Carter, M. Li, and C.L. Pint, “Toward Small Diameter Carbon Nanotubes Synthesized from Captured Carbon Dioxide: Critical Role of Catalyst Coarsening” ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 10, 19010-19018 (2018).
  • N. Muralidharan, M. Li, R. Carter, N. Galioto, and C.L. Pint, “Ultralow Frequency Electrochemical – Mechanical Strain Energy Harvester using 2D Black Phosphorus Nanosheets,” ACS Energy Letters 2, 1797-1803 (2017).
  • A.P. Cohn, N. Muralidharan, R. Carter, K. Share, and C.L. Pint, “An anode-free sodium battery through in-situ plating of sodium metal,” Nano Letters, 17, 1296-1301 (2017).
  • N. Muralidharan, C. Brock, A.P. Cohn, D. Schauben, R.E. Carter, L. Oakes, D.G. Walker, and C.L. Pint, “Tunable MechanoChemistry of Lithium Battery Electrodes,” ACS Nano 11, 6243-6251 (2017).
  • L. Oakes, R. Carter, T. Hanken, A.P. Cohn, K. Share, B. Schmidt, and C.L. Pint, “Interface strain in vertically stacked two-dimensional heterostructured carbon-MoS2 nanosheets controls electrochemical reactivity,”  Nature Communications 7, 11796 (2016).
  • K. Share, A.P. Cohn, R. Carter, B. Rodgers, and C.L. Pint, “Role of nitrogen doped graphene for improved high capacity potassium ion battery anodes,” ACS Nano 10, 9738-9744, (2016).
  • A.P. Cohn, K. Share, R. Carter, L. Oakes, and C.L. Pint, “Ultrafast solvent-assisted sodium ion intercalation into highly crystalline few-layered graphene,” Nano Letters 16, 543-548 (2016).
  • A. Douglas, R. Carter, L. Oakes, K. Share, A.P. Cohn, and C.L. Pint, “Ultrafine iron pyrite (FeS2) nanocrystals improve sodium-sulfur and lithium-sulfur conversion reactions for efficient batteries,”   ACS Nano 9, 11156-11165 (2015).
  • A.P. Cohn, W.R. Erwin, K. Share, L. Oakes, A.S. Westover, R.E. Carter, R. Bardhan, and C.L. Pint, “All silicon electrode photo-capacitor for integrated energy storage and conversion,” Nano Letters 15, 2727-2731, (2015).