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Recent Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright Scholar Fellowship

  • Electrochemical Society Supramaniam Srinivasan Young Investigator Award

  • CQIA Platinum Innovation Prize (Shared with R. Maric, C.B. Carter and J. Roller)

  • DOE Early Career Award

  • Illinois Institute of Technology Young Alumni Award


Devadharshini Kathan

Ph.D. Candidate

B.Tech., Chemical and Electrochemical Engineering,

CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute, India, 2022

Interests and Activities:

  • Synthesis and Characterization of active materials in primary and secondary batteries

  • Optimization of operational parameters influencing the performance of batteries

  • Personal Interests: Origami, Reading books


Saheed Lateef

Ph.D. Student

  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2017. 

  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria, 2013.

Interests and activities:

  • Improving the energy density of Li-ion Batteries

  • Rational design of materials and materials degradation

  • Personal Interests: Soccer, Watching Movies

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Belinda Awudu Agamah

Ph.D. Student

B.S. Materials Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, 2022

Interests and Activities:

  • Development and fabrication of electrode materials with high capacity and reliability for Li-ion batteries

  • Electrode Materials Synthesis and Characterization

  • Personal Interests: Cooking, Crocheting

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Sriram Mosali

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph. D., Chemistry, Monash University, 2021

M.Sc., Nanotechnology, Acharya Nagarjuna University, 2015

Interests and Activities:

  • Addressing scientific challenges related to decarbonization and energy conversion

  • Developing novel catalysts and deriving structure-property relations for sustainable electrochemical synthesis of chemicals

  • Personal Interests: Reading books, Travelling, Tree planting

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Mahmoud (Nadi) Amirsalehi

Ph.D. Candidate

M.S., Materials Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Iran, 2015

B.S., Materials Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Iran, 2013

Interests and Activities:

  • Electrochemical energy conversion and storage

  • Approaches for electrocatalytic water oxidation

  • Personal Interests: Playing guitar, swimming, cooking


Najmaddin Bashirzada

Ph.D. Candidate

B.S., Chemical Engineering,  QAFQAZ University (Current- Baku Engineering University), 2015


Interests and Activities:

  • Optimization of operational parameters influencing the performance of batteries

  • Improving energy capacity of batteries

  • Personal Interests: Exploring new cultures by travelling, networking, snowboarding 


Mohammed Al-Murisi

Ph.D. Candidate

M.S., Chemical Engineering, American University of Sharjah, UAE, 2021

B.S., Chemical Engineering, King Faisal University, KSA, 2018

Interests and Activities:

  • Efficient pathways to produce and utilize green hydrogen

  • Developing Materials for Electrolyzers and Fuel Cells

  • Personal Interests: Travelling, Networking, and Diving

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Ian Street

Ph.D. Candidate

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina, 2023

Interests and Activities:

  • Climate change prevention and environmental protection

  • Upcycling carbon dioxide to synthesize value-added chemicals and fuels 

  • Personal Interests: sailing (racing and cruising), running, and recreational sports


Professor William E. Mustain

Department of Chemical Engineering
Swearingen Engineering Center
University of South Carolina
301 Main St.
Columbia, SC 29208


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