Current Group Members

Zahra Karimi

Zahra (Sonbol) Karimi (PhD candidate) I completed my B.Sc. degree in Solid State physics and my M.Sc. in Materials Science and Engineering. My master project was improving magnetic properties of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles in order to provide a core/shell magnetic nanoparticle for bio applications. My current research as a PhD student lies in improving the electrode materials for sodium-ion batteries (NIBs) which would help in commercializing NIBs.


Tim KowalchikTim Kowalchik (PhD candidate) I'm Utah born and raised, graduated from the UofU with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. I'm interested in energy harvesting through nanotechnology and applying that to medical devices. I was partway through my Masters when I joined the group as a PhD student, and i'm now working on Self-Charging Power cells.

Anayet Ullah SiddiqueAnayet Siddique (PhD student) I am from Chittagong, Bangladesh. I did my undergrad from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka. I worked as an assistant engineer for the BIWTA project of CATS-MIST after completing my undergraduate degree. Later, to pursue my MS, I joined the Mechanical Engineering department at Washington State University Vancouver. During my MS at WSU, I investigated the jet ejection following liquid drop impact on micropillared hydrophilic substrates. My current research as a Ph.D. student focuses on manufacturing porous material that uses nanoscale bubble templates

Jaron MoonJaron Moon (PhD student) I am a Utah native who graduated from the UofU with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. Upon graduating I decided to continue at the U where I am now pursuing a PhD. I conducted undergraduate research exploring 3D printing of metal material. I am currently conducting research exploring the viability of using local Utah coal in sodium ion batteries.

Brent Edgerton (PhD student) Since getting my undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University (BYU), I have worked at the University of Utah on my research.  I am currently working on studying the plating of lithium inside solid-state batteries intended to be used in electric vehicles.  I have loved the opportunities I receive and am grateful to fulfill them to the fullest.  More specifically, I have worked on micromachining, materials science, simulation, heat transfer, nuclear engineering, satellite engineering, and entrepreneurship.


PhD Graduates:

Dr. Talha Razaulla, Spring 2022. Thesis: "Towards Development of Deterministic Lateral Displacement Microfluidic Devices for Surface Coating of Nanoparticles Using Liquid Phase Atomic Layer Deposition".

Dr. Fariha Khan, Fall 2022. Thesis: "Pyroelectrochemical Cell - A Direct Thermal to Electrochemical Energy Conversion Device". (Co-advised by Prof. Shad Roundy).

MS Graduates:

Douglas Pedersen, MS thesis, Spring 2022. Thesis: "Life Cycle Analysis of Lithium Cobalt Oxide/Graphite Batteries with Cooling Using Combined Electrochemical-Thermal Modeling".

Hemanthreddy Mynampaty, MS non-thesis, Spring 2021. Research project: 3D Printing and Molding of Microfluidic Devices using Two-Photon Direct Laser Lithography.

Michael Lybbert, MS non-thesis, Spring 2019. Research project: Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis of the Effects of Electrode Thickness on the Environmental Impacts of Lithium-Ion Batteries.

Nolan Ingersoll, MS thesis,  Spring 2018. Thesis: "Development of Sodium-Ion Battery Chemistry Through Electrochemical µNMR Analysis & Metal Organic Framework Anode".

Virginia Diaz, MS thesis, Summer 2017. Thesis: "Dissolvable Conductive Polymers for Electrochemical Energy Storage".