2022 ECS Summer Fellowships Awarded to Maha Yusuf, Qiming Liu, Sudhan Nagarajan, and Rui Jia

Pennington, NJ – The Electrochemical Society (ECS) announces the recipients of the 2022 ECS Summer Fellowships. Stanford University student Maha Yusuf received the Edward G. Weston Fellowship. The Joseph W. Richards Fellowship went to Qiming Liu at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Sudhan Nagarajan at Wayne State University got the F. M. Becket Fellowship. The H. H. Uhlig Fellowship was awarded to Rui Jia at CUNY (City University of New York) Graduate Center and Queens College.

The ECS Summer Fellowships support students from June through August pursuing work of interest to the Society. To qualify, the recipients must be ECS members enrolled in a college or university. At the end of the award period, recipients submit a report on their fellowship project for publication in The Electrochemical Society Interface.

Maha Yusuf

Maha Yusuf

Maha Yusuf received the 2022 Edward G. Weston Fellowship to pursue her project “Operando and in-situ characterization of fast-charging degradation modes in Li-ion batteries using high-resolution neutron imaging.” She is a PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering at Stanford University with support from a Schlumberger Faculty for the Future Award (2018-2023) and Stanford DARE (Diversifying Academia Recruiting Excellence) Fellowship (2020-2022). Prof. Michael F. Toney and Dr. Johanna Nelson Weker at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory advise her research, which uses imaging diagnostic tools to understand the failure mechanisms of lithium ion batteries during extreme fast charging. Maha has won awards including the 2022 American Chemical Society CAS Future Leader; 2020 Stanford Distinguished Student Energy Lecturer; and 2020 and 2021 ECS and American Institute of Chemical Engineers Travel Grants. She holds an MS in Chemical Engineering from Stanford (2017) and BE from the National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan (2013). Prior to Stanford, Maha worked on oil and gas rigs as a drilling engineer in Colombia. She published six articles (h-index 2) and holds two patents.

Qiming Liu

Qiming Liu

Qiming Liu got the 2022 Joseph W. Richards Fellowship for “Functional composites for high-performance electrocatalysis.” He is currently pursuing a PhD in Chemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz, under the supervision of Dr. Shaowei Chen. His research focuses on single atom catalysts toward energy conversion, ligand functionalization of nanoparticles, and ultrafast synthesis of electrocatalysts. Qiming received the 2022 International Precious Metals Institute Student Award and 2021 Sigma XI Grant in Aid of Research. He has published 27 articles (h-index 9) and has one patent pending. Qiming received his BE in Materials Chemistry in 2018 from Central South University, China.

Sudhan Nagarajan

Sudhan Nagarajan

Sudhan Nagarajan’s 2022 F. M. Becket Fellowship project is “Understanding Cathode Electrolyte Interphase (CEI) Chemistry on the Li-ion Battery Cathodes Operated at Extreme Environment.” He is a PhD student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Wayne State University advised by Prof. Leela Arava. Sudhan’s current research focuses on understanding the structure-property relationships of potential cathode materials using advanced synchrotron spectroscopy probes and microscopy investigation for next generation alkali metal ion and metal batteries. Previously at Clarkson University, he was involved in research for high energy and high power beyond Li-ion battery chemistries. Sudhan actively uses the Brookhaven, Argonne, and Berkeley National Laboratories’ scientific facilities. His work was acknowledged with the 2021 Wayne State University Thomas Rumble Scholar Award; participation in the 23rd National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering, Argonne and Oak Ridge National Laboratories (July 2021); and 2017 FAER McAfee Scholar Award. The author of 11 articles (h-index 7), he completed a Bachelor of Technology at the Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Tamil Nadu, in 2017.

Rui Jia

Rui Jia

Rui Jia will research “Electrochemical Resistive-Pulse Sensing of Extracellular Vesicles” with support from the 2022 H. H. Uhlig Fellowship. Her goal is to develop electrochemical resistive-pulse (ERP) sensing technique to directly detect single extracellular vesicles (EVs) released from a specific cell and analyze reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS/RNS) in such vesicles. She is pursuing a PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center with Dr. Michael V. Mirkin as advisor. Her experiment takes place in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Queens College – CUNY. Rui’s research interests include the development of novel nanosensors, electrochemical analysis, and bio-electrochemistry. She received the 2022 Rose K. Rose Dissertation Award, has published nine articles (h-index 6), and holds one patent. Rui completed a BS at Nanjing University in 2016.

The Society thanks the 2022 Summer Fellowship Subcommittee members:

  • Vimal H. Chaitanya, Subcommittee Chair, New Mexico University, US
  • Peter Mascher, McMaster University, CAN
  • Jennifer A. Bardwell, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (retired), US
  • David S. Hall, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Kalpathy B. Sundaram, University of Central Florida, US
  • Yaiza Gonzalez-Garcia, Technische Universiteit Delft, NL

Applications for the 2023 ECS Summer Fellowships open on September 15, 2022. The application deadline is January 15, 2023. Learn more at https://www.electrochem.org/summer-fellowships. 

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