PhD students win national awards

Congratulations to Souvik Ghosh and Liz Stricker!  Souvik won the 2016 John Coburn and Harold Winters Student Award in Plasma Science and Technology, and Liz won the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research award.  Read more below...

Souvik received his award at the 2016 AVS International Symposium and Exhibition in Nashville, TN earlier this semester.  Souvik works in the field of flexible and printable electronics. The research spans the range from developing the chemistry and engineering the hardware technologies to enabling microplasma patterned direct-write on flexible thin films and developing precursors for inkjet printing of metallic nanoparticles. He has published his research in Plasma Chem. Plasma Processes, J Phys D,  J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A, and ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces.

Liz's DOE award is in recognition of her "potential to make make important contributions to the mission of the DOE Office of Science".  The award will allow Liz to conduct research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for six months.  Her project is entitled “In situ electrochemical S/TEM studies of Copper Electronucleation from Halide, Sulfate, and Perchlorate Electrolytes”.  Liz has been focusing on the copper plating reaction from the Cu(I)-halide complex.  She has discovered that this reaction occurs without hydrogen evolution as a side reaction, and that the deposit morphology is highly dependent on the underlying substrate.  Liz has presented her work at the 2015 Electrochemical Society Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, and she is a co-inventor on a patent application.  She also was a First Place winner in the 2016 Research ShowCASE competition, and was a ThinkEnergy Fellow with the Great Lakes Energy Institute at CWRU this past academic year.