Hugues Duncan holds a B.S. (2002), M.S. (2005) and Ph. D. (2008) in chemistry from Université de Sherbrooke in Canada. His master's dissertation focused on the synthesis and characterization of doped ceria as electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). His doctoral work focused on the determination of the mechanism of adsorption and absorption of hydrogen in palladium thin films. He then worked three years as a research associate in the lithium battery group at Canada's National Research Council in Ottawa. His work there focused on the characterization of the cathode-electrolyte interface at high voltage cathode materials and the synthesis of new silicate cathode material.
He joined Lawrence Berkeley National Lab as a posdoctoral fellow in the group of Guoying Chen in January 2012. His current work focuses on understanding the impact of surface facets on the structural changes and the electrochemical performance of high energy cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries.