Department of Chemistry

Xavier University of Louisiana

Lamartine Meda, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director of the NASA MIRO SHELib Center

Telephone Number: 504-520-5324
Room Number: NCF - Room 301L
Email Address:

Materials Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry I
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry II
General Chemistry I and II Lecture and Lab

Short Professional Biography

Dr. Meda earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Salem State University, Salem, MA in 1992 and a Ph.D. in Materials Inorganic Chemistry from Northeastern University, Boston, MA in 1998. His graduate work was on the synthesis of organometallic tungsten and ruthenium precursors for chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of thin film metal oxides nanomaterials. He served as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and the Center for Materials Research and Technology (MARTECH) at Florida State University (FSU), Tallahassee, FL under Professor Hamid Garmestani from 1999 to 2001. Dr. Meda worked in industry as a Senior Research Scientist at Excellatron Solid State, Atlanta, GA from 2002 to 2006. There, he worked on the development of all-solid state thin film batteries using plasma-enhanced metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (PE-MOCVD). He held two patents from his work in thin film batteries at Excellatron Solid State. Dr. Meda joined the chemistry faculty at Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) in 2008 after spending two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Auburn University.

Research Interest
  • Fundamental understanding of interfacial reactions in lithium battery
  • Development of ceramic-polymer and gel polymer electrolytes for solid state lithium batteries
  • Growth of high-aspect ratio nanomaterials including semiconducting inorganic nanowires and core-shell nanowires
  • Energy storage focusing on 3D architectures
  • Growth of ceramic electrolytes thin films by radio frequency magnetron sputtering (RF Sputtering) and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) for high cathode materials
  • High capacity nanostructured cathode materials for high voltage lithium or lithium ion batteries
  • in-situ interfacial study of lithium reaction with various solid and gel electrolytes
  • Electrochemical Pseudocapacitors
Current Grant Support

NASA MIRO: Solid High Energy Lithium Battery; Amount: $5,000,000 (2015 -2020); Role: Principal Investigator
NSF-MRI: Acquisition of Integrated Glovebox Vapor Deposition and Spin Coating Systems for Research and Education; Amount: $198,832 (2016-2019); Role: Principal Investigator

Recent Publications
  1. A. S. Hassan, A. Navulla L. Meda, B. R. Ramachandran, and Collin D. Wick “Molecular Mechanisms for the Lithiation of Ruthenium Oxide Nanoplates as Lithium-Ion Battery Anode Materials: An Experimentally Motivated Computational Study,” J. Phys. Chem. C. 119, 9705 (2015).
  2. L. Meda, L. D. Douglas, A. Navulla, In High Capacity Anode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries edited by C. Wang, D. Miller, R. Shahbazian-Yassar,  A. Lu, Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. Vol.1775, (2015).
  3. A. Navulla and L. Meda “Direct Growth of RuO2 Nano-Architectures on Current Collectors and Their Improved Performance in Lithium-Ion Batteries,” ECS Trans. 61(27), 131 (2014).
  4. A. Navulla, G. Stevens, I. Kovalenko, L. Meda, “Reversible High Capacity in Hierarchical Columnar RuO2 Nanoplates and Their Improved Performance in Lithium Ion Batteries,” J. Phys. Chem. C., 118, 13382, 2014.
  5. A. Navulla and L. Meda, “Synthesis, Characterization and Electrochemical Studies of Bulk and Nano Sized LiNi4(PO4)3,” Prepr. Pap.-Am. Chem. Soc., Div. Energy and Fuels 58(1), 873 (2013).
  6. L. Meda, A. M. Dangerfield, M. C. Jones, C. M. White, A. Navulla, “Electrochemical Properties of Tungsten Oxide Nanowires Compared to Bulk Particles,” Jnp. J. Appl. Phys. 51(11PEO6) 2012.
  7. L. Meda and E. E.  Maxie, “Lipon thin films grown by plasma-enhanced metalorganic chemical vapor deposition in a N2-H2-Ar gas mixture,” Thin Solid Films 520, 1799 (2012).
  8. L. Meda and G. D. Stevens, “Growth of Ruthenium and Ruthenium oxide nanoplates,” MRS Proceedings 1309, 615 (2011).
  9. L. Meda, R. C. Breitkopf, T. E. Haas, and R. U. Kirss, “Investigation of Electrochromic Properties of Nanocrystalline Tungsten Oxide Thin-Film,” Thin Solid Films 402,126 (2002).
  10. L. Meda, C. Bacaltchuck, K.H-Dahmen, H. Garmestani, “Residual Strain and Texture in La2/3Sr1/3MnO3”, J. Mater. Sci. Mater. Electron. 12,143 (2001).

Department of Chemistry