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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


Hari Gopi

Postoctoral Fellow

Ph. D., Chemistry, University of Madras, India, 2019

M.Sc., Chemistry, Thiruvalluvar University, India, 2010

Interests and Activities:

  • Fabrication & optimization of Membrane Electrode Assemblies, Cell assembly & testing

  • Development of solid polymer electrolytes (PEM, AEM) for electrochemical devices

  • Personal Interests: Travelling, watching movies, exploring new things


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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Hanna Soucie

Ph.D. Student

B.S., Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2017

Interests and Activities:

  • Sustainable reaction pathways for electrochemcial synthesis of chemicals and fuels

  • Decentralized Industrial chemical production

  • Personal Interests: Hiking, running, rowing, playing cello


Rashad Ali

Ph.D. Candidate

M.S., Electronic Science and Technology, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, 2017

B.S., Chemistry, Government College University Lahore, Pakistan, 2009

Interests and Activities:

  • Application in renewable energy sources in chemical processing, e.g. electrocatalysis

  • Design of nano- and micro-scale materials

  • Personal Interests: Traveling, exploring new places and playing outdoor games

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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


Brian Lenhart

Ph.D. Student

B.S, Molecular Biology, Indian River State College, 2015

Interests and activities:

  • Enabling on-chip battery/biosensor co-development through the development of body fluid-derived electrolytes and biocompatible materials.  

  • Battery engineering principles and applications of analytical chemistry and techniques

  • Personal Interests: Hiking, skateboarding, coffee

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Yingdan Cui

Visiting Scholar 

Ph.D. Student, Hong Kong Univ. of Sci. and Technol.

M.S. Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University, 2019

B.S. Chemistry, Nankai University, 2016

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University, 2016 

Interests and Activities:

  • Development of advanced catalysts for fuel cells

  • Fuel cell performance improvement at the system level

  • Personal Interests: Travelling, movies, skiing


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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