Sandia Energy > Programs > Energy Storage > Staff > Randy Shurtz Randy Shurtz Mechanical Engineer, Fire Science Contact Information Randy Shurtz / (505) 284-6540 Biography Randy has worked in the Fire Sciences and Technology Department at Sandia since 2016. His research interests include advancing understanding and predictive capabilities in areas relevant to fire safety, including thermal testing in fire scenarios and modeling of thermal runaway in lithium ion battery systems. His experience prior to Sandia includes five years in the gas turbine engine industry as well as graduate research in coal pyrolysis and gasification. Education Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 2011 B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 2006 Key Publications R.C. Shurtz “A Thermodynamic Reassessment of Lithium-Ion Battery Cathode Calorimetry” J. Electrochem. Soc., 2020, DOI: 10.1149/1945-7111/abc7b4. R.C. Shurtz, J.C. Hewson “Materials Science Predictions of Thermal Runaway in Layered Metal-Oxide Cathodes: A Review of Thermodynamics” J. Electrochem. Soc., 167 (9), 090543, 2020, DOI: 10.1149/1945-7111/ab8fd9. R.C. Shurtz, Y. Preger, L. Torres-Castro, J. Lamb, J.C. Hewson, S. Ferreira “From Calorimetry Measurements to Furthering Mechanistic Understanding and Control of Thermal Abuse in Lithium-Ion Cells” J. Electrochem. Soc., 166 (12), A2498-A2502, 2019, DOI: 10.1149/2.0341912jes. R.C. Shurtz, J.D. Engerer, J.C. Hewson “Predicting high-temperature decomposition of lithiated graphite: II. Passivation layer evolution and the role of surface area” J. Electrochem. Soc., 165 (16), A3891-A3902, 2018, DOI: 10.1149/2.0171814jes. R.C. Shurtz, J.D. Engerer, J.C. Hewson “Predicting high-temperature decomposition of lithiated graphite: I. Review of phenomena and a comprehensive model” J. Electrochem. Soc., 165 (16), A3878-A3890, 2018, DOI: 10.1149/2.0541816jes.