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Ekaterina Pomerantseva
Anne Stevens Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Ekaterina Pomerantseva started her appointment as an Assistant Professor at Drexel University in 2013 and was named as Anne Stevens Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in 2015. Prior to joining Drexel she held postdoctoral appointments in the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland College Park (2010 – 2013) and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo (2009 – 2010). She has co-authored over 45 journal papers. In 2016, she received the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) Energy Technologies Award, which is presented for notable and outstanding research in the field of smart energy technologies. Her research interests lie in the development and characterization of novel nanostructured materials for electrochemical systems, such as energy storage and water treatment devices, with the goal to better understand intercalation-based processes at nanoscale.

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Nazgol Norouzi
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Nazgol is an experimental electrochemist and a material scientist with a diverse background and experience in managing scientific and commercial projects and working with highly integrated teams. In the Materials electrochemistry group, she works on Synthesizing transition metal oxide and carbon-based layered heterostructures for high-performance electrodes in energy storage systems. She is passionate about innovative energy solutions. In her free time, Nazgol enjoys reading, doing yoga, and baking!

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Ryan Andris
PhD Student

Ryan previously obtained is master’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas and his bachelor’s from the University of Pittsburgh. Previous research experience includes modeling methane hydrate growth mechanisms in shallow oceanic basins and using sediment cores to reconstruct climate patterns from the late Quaternary Period. He is currently working to synthesize new cathode materials to serve in next generation lithium-ion and beyond lithium-ion batteries. In his free time, Ryan like to ski when there’s snow and cycle when there’s not.

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Timofey Averianov
PhD Student

Tim is a 1st year PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering. He currently works on understanding heterointerface behavior in bilayered vanadium oxide and using MXenes to develop high-energy cathodes for potassium-ion batteries. In his free time, Tim likes skiing, biking, cooking, playing the piano, and working on various electronics projects.

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Raymond Zhang
BS/MS Student

Raymond is a junior pursuing a BS/MS degree in Materials Science and Engineering. His current research involves the exfoliation of bilayered vanadium oxide into 2D nanosheets, which will complement his future work on the synthesis and processing of cathodes with 2D heterostructure architectures for Li-ion batteries. His hobbies include cooking, biking, and playing the piano and double bass.

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Cyra Gallano
BS/MS Student

Cyra is a third year undergraduate student pursuing her BS and MS in materials science. Her work in the group consists of synthesizing high performance vanadium oxide electrodes for batteries. In her free time she likes to listen to audiobooks and cook.

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Darrell Omo-Lamai
BS/MS Student

Darrell is a pre-junior currently pursuing a BS/MS in Materials Science and Engineering and a minor in Data Science. He previously worked on characterizing the microstructure of additively manufactured alloys during Drexel’s STAR Scholars Program. His current research focuses on the synthesis of layered titanate cathodes for battery applications.

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Group Alumni

Postdocs:

Santanu Mukherjee (01/2019 – 05/2020)

 

Graduate Students:

Mallory Clites (Ph.D., 2019)

Bryan W. Byles (Ph.D, 2018)

 

Michael Barsoum (M.S., 2021)

Phillip Ridley (M.S., 2020)

Sarah Culbert (M.S., 2019)

Adam Blickley (M.S., 2018)

Patrick West (M.S., 2018)