Dr. Marshall C. Smart
Principal Member Technical Staff
Dr. Marshall C. Smart is currently a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, in the Electrochemical Research, Technology, & Engineering Group, where he has worked since 1994. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1998 with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, focusing on the chemical and electrochemical oxidation of small organic molecules, and the development of polymer electrolyte membranes for direct oxidation fuel cells. While at JPL, Dr. Smart has supported a number of JPL projects focused on the exploration of Mars and the Outer Planets, including the 2001 Mars Surveyor Program, the Solar Probe/Outer Planets Program, the 2003 Mars Exploration Rover (MER), the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory, and the Mars InSight Project. In addition to validating lithium battery technologies for aerospace flight missions, a major focus of his research has been in the development of electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries to improve their performance over a wide operating temperature range, especially at low temperatures.