Joshua D. Bocarsly
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Houston
Portrait of Josh Bocarsly

My research focuses on discovering, characterizing, and controlling advanced inorganic materials. I'm especially interested in energy and quantum applications, including battery materials, quantum materials, and energy conversion materials.

During my postdoc, I worked on developing in situ electrochemical methods to gain a new understanding of the structure and magnetism of high-performance battery cathodes at the University of Cambridge. I co-developed a web-based system for managing interconnected experimental data, the open-source datalab platform.

During my Ph.D., I worked on understanding intermetallic magnets, with a special focus on magnetic phase transitions, skyrmions, and magnetocalorics for efficient refrigeration near room temperature. Check out the UCSB Magnetic Database for an interactive summary of the properties of the intermetallic magnets we studied!

Education and training
University of Cambridge (2020-2023) UC Santa Barbara (2015-2020) Princeton University (2011-2015)
  1. A.R. Genreith-Schriever, A. Alexiu, G.S. Phillips, C.S. Coates, L.A.V. Nagle-Cocco, J.D. Bocarsly, F.N. Sayed, S.E. Dutton, C.P. Grey, Jahn-Teller distortions and phase transitions in LiNiO2: Insights from ab initio molecular dynamics and variable-temperature X-ray diffraction, in press at Chem Mater. [ChemRxiv]
  2. P. Zarabadi-Poor, J. Lim, X. Wang, J.D. Bocarsly, L.M. Daniels, I.M. Pateli, R. Chen, J.B. Claridge, C.P. Grey, B.J. Morgan, L.J. Hardwick, M.J. Rosseinsky, M.S. Islam, Accessing polyanionic redox in high voltage Li-rich thiophosphates, submitted. [ChemRxiv]
  3. L.A.V. Nagle-Cocco, J.D. Bocarsly, K. Sada, C. Ritter, E. Suard, N.D. Kelly, C. Liu, C.P. Grey, P. Barpanda, S.E. Dutton, Incommensurate magnetic modulation in K-rich cryptomelane, KxMn8O16 (x ≈ 1.46). [arXiv]
  4. Appeared:
  5. E.N. Bassey, I.D. Seymour, J.D. Bocarsly, D.A. Keen, G. Pintacuda, C.P. Grey, Superstructure and correlated Na+ hopping in a layered Mg-substituted sodium manganate battery cathode are driven by local electroneutrality, Chem. Mater. (2023). [doi]
  6. R. Müller, O. Georghiades, J.D. Bocarsly, F.N. Sayed, V.R. Gonzalez, A.D. Bond, C.P. Grey, D.S. Wright, Structural variation, magnetism and single-source deposition of lanthanide-containing polyoxotitanates, Dalton Trans. 52 (2023) 14017-14026. [doi]
  7. K.M. Jablonka, et al., 14 Examples of how LLMs can transform materials science and chemistry: A reflection on a large language model hackathon, Digital Discovery 2 (2023) 1233-1250. [doi] [arXiv]
  8. E.C. Koskelo, N.D. Kelly, L.A.V. Nagle-Cocco, J.D. Bocarsly, P. Mukherjee, C. Liu, S.E. Dutton, Q. Zhang, Magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of the A2LnSbO6 lanthanide oxides on the frustrated fcc lattice, Inorg. Chem. 62 (2023) 10317–10328. [doi]
  9. S.A. Meynell, Y.M. Eggeler, J.D. Bocarsly, D.A. Kitchaev, B.E. Rhodes, T.M. Pollock, S.D. Wilson, A. Van der Ven, R. Seshadri, M. De Graef, A.B. Jayich, D.S. Gianola, Inducing skyrmion flop transitions in Co8Zn8Mn4 at room temperature, Phys. Rev. Mater. 7 (2023) 044401. [doi] [arXiv]
  10. C. Szczuka, B. Karasulu, M.F. Groh, F.N. Sayed, T.J. Sherman, J.D. Bocarsly, S. Vema, S. Menkin, S. Emge, A.J. Morris, C.P. Grey, Forced disorder in the solid solution Li3P–Li2S: A new class of fully reduced solid electrolytes for lithium metal anodes, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 144 (2022) 16350-16365. [doi]
  11. J.L. Zuo, D. Kitchaev, E.C. Schueller, J.D. Bocarsly, R. Seshadri, A. Van der Ven, S.D. Wilson, Magnetoentropic mapping and computational modeling of cycloids and skyrmions in the lacunar spinels GaV4S8 and GaV4Se8, Phys. Rev. Mater. 5 (2021) 054410. [doi] [arXiv]
  12. Y.M. Oey, D.A. Kitchaev, J.D. Bocarsly, E.C. Schueller, J.A. Cooley, R. Seshadri, Magnetocaloric behavior and magnetic ordering in MnPdGa, Phys. Rev. Mater. 5 (2021) 014414 . [doi]
  13. M.M. Bordelon, J.D. Bocarsly, L. Posthuma, A. Banerjee, Q. Zhang, S.D. Wilson, Antiferromagnetism and crystalline electric field excitations in tetragonal NaCeO2, Phys. Rev. B 103(2021) 2024430 . [doi] [arXiv]
  14. J.D. Bocarsly, M.D. Johannes, S.D. Wilson, R. Seshadri, Magnetostructural coupling from competing magnetic and chemical bonding effects, Phys. Rev. Res. Rapid Commun. 2 (2020) 042048(R). [doi]
  15. W. Cai, J.D. Bocarsly, A. Gomez, R.J. Letona Lee, A. Metta-Magaña, R. Seshadri, L. Echegoyen, High blocking temperatures for DyScS endohedral fullerene single-molecule magnets, Chem. Sci. 11 (2020) 13129. [doi]
  16. A.S. Sukhanov, A. Heinemann, L. Kautzsch, J.D. Bocarsly, S.D. Wilson, C. Felser, D.S. Inosov, Robust metastable skyrmions with tunable size in the chiral magnet FePtMo3N, Phys. Rev. B Rapid Commun. 102 (2020) 140409(R). [doi] [arXiv]
  17. M. B. Preefer, M. Saber, Q. Wei, N.H. Bashian, J.D. Bocarsly, W. Zhang, G. Lee, J. Milam-Guerrero, E. S. Howard, R.C. Vincent, B.C. Melot, A. Van der Ven, R. Seshadri, B. Dunn, Multielectron redox and insulator-to-metal transition upon lithium insertion in the fast-charging, Wadsley-Roth phase PNb9O25, Chem. Mater. 32 (2020) 4553-4563. [doi]
  18. E.C. Schueller, D.A. Kitchaev, J.L. Zuo, J.D. Bocarsly, J.A. Cooley, A. Van der Ven, S.D. Wilson, R. Seshadri, Structural evolution and skyrmionic phase diagram of the lacunar spinel GaMo4Se8, Phys. Rev. Mater. 4 (2020) 064402. [doi] [arXiv]
  19. Y.M. Oey, J.D. Bocarsly, D. Mann, E.E. Levin, M. Shatruk, and R. Seshadri, Structural changes upon magnetic ordering in magnetocaloric AlFe2B2, Appl. Phys. Lett. 116 (2020) 212403. [doi]
  20. A.W. Cook, J.D. Bocarsly, R.A. Lewis, A.J. Touchton, S. Morochnik, T.W. Hayton, An iron ketimide single-molecule magnet [Fe4(N=CPh2)6] with suppressed through-barrier relaxation, Chem. Sci. 11 (2020) 4753. [doi]
  21. J.A. Cooley, J.D. Bocarsly, E.C. Schueller, E.E. Levin, E.E. Rodriguez, A. Huq, S.H. Lapidus, S.D. Wilson, and R. Seshadri, Evolution of non-collinear magnetism in magnetocaloric MnPtGa, Phys. Rev. Mater. 4 (2020) 044405. [doi]
  22. E.E. Levin, J.D. Bocarsly, J.H. Grebenkemper, R. Issa, S.D. Wilson, T.M. Pollock, R. Seshadri, Structural coupling and magnetic tuning in Mn2−xCoxP magnetocalorics for thermomagnetic power generation, APL Mater. 8 (2020) 041106. [doi]
  23. L. Kautzsch, J.D. Bocarsly, C. Felser, S.D. Wilson, R. Seshadri, Controlling Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions in the skyrmion host candidates FePd1−xPtxMo3N, Phys. Rev. Mater. 4 (2020) 024412. [doi] [arXiv]
  24. C.A.C. Garcia, J.D. Bocarsly, R. Seshadri, Computational screening of magnetocaloric alloys, Phys. Rev. Mater. 4 (2020) 024402. [doi] [arXiv]
  25. A. M. Zieschang, J.D Bocarsly, J. Schuch, C. Reichel, B. Kaiser, W. Jaegermann, R. Seshadri, B. Albert, Magnetic and electrocatalytic properties of nanoscale cobalt boride, Co3B, Inorg. Chem. 58 (2019) 16609–16617. [doi]
  26. M. Preefer, J. Grebenkemper, F. Schroeder, J.D. Bocarsly, K. Pilar, J. Cooley, W. Zhang, J. Hu, S. Misra, F. Seeler, K. Schierle-Arndt, R. Seshadri, Rapid and tunable assisted-microwave preparation of glass and glass-ceramic thiophosphate "Li7P3S11" Li-ion conductors, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 11 (2019) 42280−42287. [doi]
  27. E.C. Schueller, J.L. Zuo, J.D. Bocarsly, D.A. Kitchaev, S.D. Wilson, R. Seshadri, Modeling the structural distortion and magnetic ground state of the polar lacunar spinel GaV4Se8, Phys. Rev. B 100 (2019) 045131. [doi]
  28. J.D. Bocarsly, E.E. Levin, S. Humphrey, T. Faske, W. Donner, S.D. Wilson, R. Seshadri, Magnetostructural coupling drives magnetocaloric behavior: The case of MnB versus FeB, Chem. Mater. 31 (2019) 4873−4881. [doi] [cover]
  29. J.D. Bocarsly, C. Heikes, C.M. Brown, S.D. Wilson, R. Seshadri, Deciphering structural and magnetic disorder in the chiral skyrmion host materials CoxZnyMnz (x+y+z=20), Phys. Rev. Mater. 3 (2019) 014402. [doi] [arXiv] [NCNR Annual Report]
  30. J.D. Bocarsly, R.F. Need, R. Seshadri, S.D. Wilson, Magnetoentropic signatures of skyrmionic phase behavior in FeGe, Phys. Rev. B Rapid Commun. 97 (2018) 100404(R). [doi] [arXiv]
  31. A. Zieschang, J.D. Bocarsly, M. Dürrschnabel, H. Kleebe, R. Seshadri, B. Albert, Low-temperature synthesis and magnetostructural transition in antiferromagnetic, refractory nanoparticles: chromium nitride, CrN, Chem. Mater. 30 (2018) 1610−1616. [doi]
  32. J.H. Grebenkemper, J.D. Bocarsly, E.E Levin, G. Seward, C. Heikes, C. Brown, S. Misra, F. Seeler, K. Schierle-Arndt, S.D. Wilson, R. Seshadri, Rapid microwave preparation and composition tuning of the high-performance magnetocalorics (Mn,Fe)2(P,Si), ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 10 (2018) 7208−7213. [doi]
  33. E.E. Levin, J.D. Bocarsly, K.E. Wyckoff, T.M. Pollock, R. Seshadri, Tuning the magnetocaloric response in half-Heusler/Heusler MnNi1+xSb solid solutions, Phys. Rev. Mater. 1 (2017) 075003. [doi]
  34. C.M. Hamm, J.D. Bocarsly, G. Seward, U.I. Kramm, C.S. Birkel, Non-conventional synthesis and magnetic properties of MAX phases (Cr/Mn)2AlC and (Cr/Fe)2AlC, J. Mater. Chem. C 23 (2017) 5555−5832. [doi]
  35. J.D. Bocarsly, E.E. Levin, C.A.C. Garcia, K. Schwennicke, S.D. Wilson, R. Seshadri, A Simple Computational Proxy for Screening Magnetocaloric Compounds, Chem. Mater. 29 (2017) 1613−1622. [doi]
  36. A. Zieschang, J.D. Bocarsly, M. Dürrschnabel, L. Molina-Luna, H. Kleebe, R. Seshadri, B. Albert, Nanoscale Iron Nitride, ε-Fe3N: Preparation from Liquid Ammonia and Magnetic Properties, Chem. Mater. 29 (2017) 621−628. [doi]
  37. J.D. Bocarsly, D. Hirai, M.N. Ali, R.J. Cava, Superconducting phase diagram of InxWO3 synthesized by indium deintercalation, Europhysics Lett. 103 (2013) 17001. [doi]
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Joshua D. Bocarsly
Department of Chemistry
3585 Cullen Blvd. Room 112
Houston, TX, 77204

email: jdbocars [at]