Jonathan Larson received a B.S. degree in mathematics and physics from Longwood University in central Virginia where he played Division I basketball. After his undergraduate degree he taught 8th grade physical science for two years before pursuing and obtaining a M.S. degree in physics from Auburn University. At Auburn, Jonathan’s research broadly focused on electrical energy generation by way of fusion. Jonathan then taught undergraduate physics at Auburn University – Montgomery for two semesters as an adjunct physics instructor before matriculating into the University of Maryland’s physics Ph.D. program. At Maryland, Jonathan shifted his research focus from basic electrical energy generation, to basic electrical energy storage, and joined the University of Maryland’s DOE-funded EFRC – Nanostructures for Electrical Energy Storage. While earning his Ph.D., and subsequent postdoctoral position at Maryland, Jonathan conceived of, developed, and applied advanced scanning probe techniques to enable the characterization of electrochemical and ion transport phenomena at the micro-to-nanoscale. In the summer of 2018 Jonathan joined Dr. Kostecki’s research group at LBNL where he is currently a postdoctoral scholar and is working on advancing sSNOM-based infrared nanospectroscopy for application to energy storage systems.