The ECS Industrial Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering Division Student Achievement Award recognizes and rewards promising young engineers and scientists in fields pertaining to this division. This year’s recipient, Saket Bhargava, is a PhD student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). His work with Paul Kenis’ research group focuses on using flow electrolyzers to develop system-level process intensification approaches and studying the effects of intensified process conditions on the activity, selectivity, and energy efficiency for CO2 electroreduction to value-added chemicals. His award talk is titled, “System-Level Approaches for Intensifying the CO2 Electrolysis Process.”
The IEEE Division Student Achievement Award was established in 1989. It includes a framed certificate and $1,000 (USD) prize. The annual nomination deadline is September 15.
Bhargava received his BE with Honors in Chemical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science – Pilani, India, in May 2015. After completing his undergraduate studies, Bhargava worked for two years at the Royal Dutch Shell India Technology Center as a process technologist for propylene oxide derivatives. He started his graduate studies at UIUC in the fall of 2017. Bhargava received the Link Foundation Energy Fellowship in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering for 2019-2021.