ECS San Francisco Section Presents the 2022 Cubicciotti Student Award Ceremony

September 29, 2022, from 1300-1400h PST

The ECS San Francisco Section invites you to the 2022 Cubicciotti Student Award Ceremony with presentations by award recipient, Dr. Julie Fornaciari, University of California, Berkeley, and Honorable Mention recipients, Mr. Matthew Liu, Stanford University, and Ms. Rachel Huang, Stanford University.

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2022
Time: 1300-1400h PST 
Price: Free; the webinar is open to public.
Format: Virtual via Zoom
1300h PST               Introduction
1310-1325h PST     “Designing Polymer Interfaces for Lithium Metal Anode,” Rachel Huang, Honorable Mention
1325-1340h PST     “Relating near-surface Ti electrode structure with electrochemical nitrate reduction performance via synchrotron X-ray characterization,” Matthew Liu, Honorable Mention
1340-1355h            “Multiscale Transport in Electrolytic Devices,” Dr. Julie Fornaciari, 2022 Cubicciotti Student Award Recipient

2022 Cubicciotti Student Award Recipient

Julie Fornaciari“Multiscale Transport in Electrolytic Devices”
Dr. Julie Fornaciari
University of California, Berkeley

Abstract: Electrolytic devices for clean hydrogen production are governed and limited by multiscale transport, from the bulk water transport within the membrane electrode assemblies to localized transport in the catalyst layer. These limitations can decrease the efficiency of the systems and raise the cost for clean hydrogen production. Some diagnostic tools of understanding important transport are discussed and how to mitigate the losses in the system.

Bio: Julie Fornaciari (she/her) recently completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering at UC Berkeley under Prof. Alex Bell and Dr. Adam Weber, focusing on electrochemical energy conversion and storage of hydrogen gas. A first-generation college student from Chicago, she  received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She is now at the Department of Energy as a Hydrogen Shot Fellow in the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Office in Golden, CO. 

Honorable Mentions

Rachel Huang“Designing Polymer Interfaces for Lithium Metal Anode”
Rachel Huang
Stanford University

Abstract: Lithium metal battery (LMB) is widely regarded as the next generation high-density energy storage device. However, the stable long-term operation of LMB is hindered by the unstable deposition process of Li+. This talk focuses on designing a polymer layer to address this interfacial instability and to improve battery performance.

Bio: Rachel Huang obtained her BS in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. Outside of research, Rachel is a stand-up comedian, performing at local theaters around the Bay Area. She loves the Northern California outdoors, and enjoys skiing, camping, and hiking in the Sierra Nevada.

Matthew Liu“Relating near-surface Ti electrode structure with electrochemical nitrate reduction performance via synchrotron X-ray characterization”
Matthew Liu
Stanford University

Abstract: Anthropogenic perturbations to the global nitrogen cycle due to industrial Haber-Bosch fertilizer production threaten large-scale food production, energy inputs for chemical manufacturing, and protection of water quality. This talk focuses on the electrochemical nitrate reduction reaction, which can simultaneously remediate nitrate-laden wastewaters and electrify ammonia production. Systematic synchrotron x-ray characterization of titanium electrodes, electrochemical testing, and density functional theory calculations are presented to demonstrate the effects of near-surface electrode structure on nitrate reduction performance.

Bio: Matthew Liu is a PhD student in the chemical engineering department of Stanford University, a NASA space technology graduate research fellow, and an ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) scholar. Matthew is a member of William Tarpeh’s lab, where he researches electrochemical reactive-separation processes to recover ammonia from nitrogen-rich wastewaters. He has a particular focus on the electrocatalytic nitrate reduction, which has led him to investigate systems driven by heterogeneous catalysis, molecular catalysis, and single atom catalysis.

Cubicciotti Student Award

The ECS San Francisco Section Daniel Cubicciotti Student Award was established in 1994 to assist a deserving student in Northern California pursue a career in the physical sciences or engineering. The award consists of an etched metal plaque and USD$2,000 prize. Up to two honorable mentions are extended, each receiving a framed certificate and USD$500 prize. Materials are due February 15 annually.

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