Recent Ph.D. Graduate’s Work Featured in Journal of Materials Science

By Amanda Song

Abhinav’s cover image shows the reactive spray deposition technology (RSDT) process he used to synthesize Pt-free electrocatalysts described in his research article.

Congratulations to recent MSE graduate Abhinav Poozhikunnath, Ph.D! Just five days after defending his dissertation, his work was selected by Journal of Materials Science for publication as the cover article for the print issue to appear in February 2020.

The journal cover shows the reactive spray deposition technology (RSDT) process Abhinav used to synthesize Pt-free electrocatalysts described in his research article titled “Characterization and evaluation of Fe–N–C electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction directly synthesized by reactive spray deposition technology.” The article has already been published online.

“There is no greater joy for me than to see my students doing well,” his advisor and Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, Radenka Maric, said in an email. “Seeing the cover page of the journal with our equipment and the flame spray process, one we built from scratch with my students in the Center for Clean Energy Engineering, I cannot express how grateful I am to Leonard Bonville for keeping our students safe and teaching them the best engineering practices while I am serving as a VPR.”

“Talk about perfect timing,” Abhinav wrote when he shared the news on LinkedIn. “This cover picture represents the culmination of 5 years of research at UConn as part of the Maric research group! It has been a thrill working with Radenka Maric, Leonard Bonville and the team. Now, it’s time for me to start the next phase of my career!”

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