2019 Graduate Fellows

Atinuke Ademola-Idowu

The central theme of my research is on maintaining transient stability in a low-inertia power system network through inverter-connected distributed energy resources (DER) such as energy storage, solar, wind, etc.
Advisor: Boasen Zhang – Electrical Engineering

Ryan Beck

My current research work involves investigating the electronic and structural properties of nanodiamond systems including different dopants.
Advisor: Xiaosong Li – Chemistry

Emma Cave

I will be working on designing and implementing experiments to better understand the charge transfer kinetics and electric fields at a battery electrode/electrolyte interface using in-situ spectroelectrochemical measurements.
Advisor: Cody Schlenker – Chemistry

Christine Chang

I will develop synthetic protocols to control the passivation and doping of phosphorene nanosheets while preserving their underlying structure and tuning their optoelectronic properties.

Advisor: Alexandra Velian – Chemistry

Yueyang Chen

Advisor Arka Majumdar – Electrical Engineering

Erica Eggleton

My current research focuses on developing a battery and vehicle model that utilizes geographic information system (GIS) data to predict the state of health of lithium-ion battery packs for hybrid-electric buses.
Advisor: Daniel Schwartz – Chemical Engineering

Mary Cecilia Johnson

My research focuses on designing molecular systems for the conversion of carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas into C1 products as a means of hydrogen fuel storage.

Advisor: Brandi Cossiart – Chemistry

Marja (Beth) Mundy

My research will focus on developing new strategies based on aminophosphine chemistry to access a range of mono and multimetallic metal phosphide nanocrystals for energy-relevant applications, including photoelectrochemcial transformations and light harvesting.
Advisor Brandi Cossairt – Chemistry

Ian Murphy

My research focuses on the design and synthesis of novel surface chemistries for earth abundant electroactive materials. Optimizing such materials is a crucial aspect of low-cost next generation energy storage systems, including lithium-sulfur/air batteries and electrochemical fuel generation.
Advisor Brandi Cossairt – Chemistry

Chintan Pathak

I plan to investigate fFinding the optimal locations of charging stations, for a city and state, and Multi-scale optimization involving grid, vehicles, and battery.
Advisor: Don MacKenzie – Civil and Environmental Engineering

Samantha Phan

Advisor Christine Luscombe – Chemistry

Jiaxu Qin

My research focuses on developing self-healing polymers based on pi-pi interactions as binder for low-cost sulfur cathodes with long cycle life.

Advisor Alex Jen – Material Science & Engineering

Elizabeth Rasmussen

During the award period I will experiment on how temperature and pressure changes within the supercritical phase effect nanoparticles and presence of toxic products.

Advisor: Igor Novosselov – Mechanical Engineering

Jaime Rodriguez

My research focuses on developing new organic based active materials for grid-scale energy storage in redox-flow batteries.
Advisor: Lilo Pozzo – Chemical Engineering

Joo Yeon (Diana) Roh

My research will involve varying the metal-halide perovskite composition particularly on lead-free alternatives such as tin (non-toxic).
Advisor: Daniel Gamelin- Chemistry

Breena Sperry

My research is encompassed by solution processable inorganic nanocrystal (NC) inks for thin film solar cell applications. Specifically, I will be exploring the role of ligand interactions with capped-NCs.

Advisor: Christine Luscombe- Material Science & Engineering

Akshay Subramaniam

Thick, high-capacity electrodes are actively being considered to improve the energy density of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles (EVs).
Advisor Venkat Subramanian – Chemical Engineering

Qiu Ru Linnette Teo

My research aims to further the technique of Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) by looking at joint time-frequency analysis of an
impedance-like response about a non-steady periodic condition, e.g. when a battery is charging.
Advisor: Venkat Subramanian – Chemical Engineering

Erjin Zheng

My anticipated research will focus on developing new hole transport layer based on PEDOT derivatives for perovskite solar cells.

Advisor: Qiuming Yu – Chemical Engineering

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