Dr. Sanjeev Mukerjee
Dr. Sanjeev Mukerjee is a College of Science Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University; where he has been since September of 1998. Since founding it in 2009, he has been Director of the center for Renewable Energy Technology and its subset the Laboratory for Electrochemical Advanced Power (LEAP). His research on charge transfer dynamics at both two and three dimensional electrochemical interfaces encompasses development of new materials, in situ synchrotron spectroscopy, and electro-analytical methods; which has resulted in more than 150 peer reviewed publications and 6 US patents. He has led NUCRET towards the initiative of developing novel non noble metal electrocatalysts, new materials to enable Li-air batteries, novel materials for hybrid solutions in large scale energy storage, high temperature membranes for fuel cell applications and anion exchange membranes. He has secured industry partnerships with De Nora and BASF which provide an outlet for real world application of NUCRET research, along with local startup companies. Dr. Mukerjee holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry, M.Tech in Catalysis, and M.S. in Chemistry.
Dr. Serge Pann
Serge brings to NUCRET over 25 years of combined academic, engineering, business, international collaboration, and entrepreneurial experience. He runs NUCRET day-to-day operations, plans and contributes to research, advises on the aspects of MOF catalyst technology development, takes care of all administrative, financial, personnel, equipment, facilities, lab safety, IP protection, technology commercialization and transfer. Serge started his career at a large research/academic institution where he created and led his research group specializing in technology development and characterization of non-equilibrium metal alloys, powder metallic, ceramic and composite materials for structural and functional applications, such as ceramic doped high-temperature superconductors, plastically shapeable ceramic matrix composites, ceramic fuel cells, nanostructured super-magnets. As part of his group research he formalized phenomenological model of amorphous alloys strengthening via alloying. He also served as Director of the Overseas Operations of a multinational public corporation and as Director of its spin-out joint venture company developing and commercializing technology for lithium ion batteries, supercapacitors, porous blocks to replace space shuttle honeycomb panels, and super-strong/light metallic materials. Prior to Northeastern, Serge, for over 10 years, served as a Vice President of a Boston-based consulting company involved in publishing, conferences, specialized reports in the fields of materials science, renewable energy and (bio)defense. He holds PhD degree in Solid State Physics, MS in Physical Metallurgy, and Diploma of Metallurgical Engineer. His additional educational background is in Business Administration and Computer Science.
Dr. K. M. Abraham
Dr. K. M. Abraham is Research Professor at the Center for Renewable Energy Technology (NUCRET), Northeastern University, and the principal of E-KEM Sciences, a battery consulting company in Needham, Massachusetts. K.M. has had a 44 year career in lithium battery research and development with emphasis on rechargeable Lithium and Li-ion batteries. He, along with his colleagues at EIC Laboratories in Norwood, Massachusetts, has made many pioneering contributions to advance primary and secondary lithium batteries. Dr. Abraham received his undergraduate education at St. Berchmans’ College of Kerala University, India, where he was a gold medalist and a National Merit Scholarship winner. He received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Tufts University, Medford, MA in 1973 and conducted post-doctoral research at Vanderbilt University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, The Electrochemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Sigma Xi Honor Society. K.M has published more than 200 papers in journals, meeting proceeding volumes and book chapters, and authored 16 US patents. He received a number of awards for his work including the Battery Research Award of the Electrochemical Society (1995), The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Group Achievement Award for the Rechargeable Battery Team (1995), Two NASA Certificates of Merit for invention (1983 and 1997, and election as Fellow of the Electrochemical Society and Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry.
Dr. Qingying Jia
Dr. Qingying Jia is a Senior Research Scientist in Mukerjee’s research team at Northeastern
University. He received his Ph.D. in Material Sciences at Illinois Institute of Technology, USA in
2010. While in NUCRET, Dr. Jia’s research centers on synchrotron-based in situ X-ray absorption
spectroscopy (XAS) characterization of (electro)catalysts with applications to fuel cells and
Shraboni Ghoshal is a fifth year PhD candidate in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, where
she researches on precious metal catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction and hydrogen oxidation reaction
for application in fuel cells. Prior to joining NUCRET, she received a Masters degree from Rutgers, The
State University of New Jersey in Chemistry. Following her program, she intends to apply for a post
doctoral position in the field of electrochemistry.
Jingkun Li is a fifth year PhD candidate in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, where
she researches non-precious group metal (non-PGM) catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in
aqueous electrolytes. Prior to joining NUCRET, she received a Bachelor degree in Applied Chemistry
from Hefei University of Technology in 2009 and Master degree in Chemical Engineering from Shanghai
Jiao Tong University in 2012 under the advisory of Prof. Zifeng Ma. Following her program, she
intends to apply a postdoc position in Europe.
Ryan Pavlicek is a 6th year PhD Candidate in Chemistry, working on several different types of fuel
cells, in particular PEM, AEM, and HT-PEM. His work focuses on the development and evaluation of
non-PGM materials for Oxygen Reduction Reaction, both performance and long-term stability. Prior to
joining NUCRET, he completed both a B.S. in Chemistry and B.A. in European Studies at Carnegie
Mellon University in 2011. Following completion of his PhD, he intends on pursuing an industry
position and continuing his work in fuel cell chemistry.
Huong Doan graduated on May 2014 from Worcester State University, Worcester, MA. She is in her third
year of pursuing her Ph.D at Mukerjee’s lab (NUCRET, Boston, MA). Her previous publication focused
on a non-PGM OER catalyst, Ni-Fe (Co)/ Raney-PANI, which was published on November 2015. She also
has experience on developing and optimizing the water splitting cell system, with the main purpose
of producing hydrogen gas at low cost in alkaline media, using non-PGM OER and HER catalysts (both
were developed at NUCRET). Two of her current projects are funded by the DoE and partnered with
Proton On-Site (Connecticut) and Pajarito (New Mexico).
Amell Alsudairi is a fourth year PhD candidate in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.
Her research focuses on the effect of electrolytes on the Oxygen Reduction Reactions in Lithium-air
batteries. Before joining NUCRET, she received B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from King Abdulaziz
University. She is on a scholarship from her employer, King Abdulaziz University, and she intends to
go back to her country and resume her work there as an assistant Professor in the Chemistry
Todd Miller is a sixth year BSMS student in Chemistry. Before beginning his education at Northeastern
he enlisted in the Army as a military police officer, where he served in various stations around the
country, and volunteered to deploy to Iraq in 2007 and 2010, where he conducted operations training
Iraqi police officers. His last year in the army he spent in Guantanamo bay, Cuba in 2014 where he
worked in the detention facilities there. Between deployments he participated in disaster relieve
missions including providing relief for New York City in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and the
search for the suspects after the Boston Marathon bombing, all while working on his education. After
10 years of service he was honorably discharged as a Sergeant, in May of 2015. He’s completed two
research co-ops in Genzyme’s Analytical team, and one in the U.S Army Natick Solider Research,
Development, and Engineering Center. He joined NUCRET in 2016 and has since worked on collaboration
projects with NASA, the Department of Energy, and AFCC. Following his undergraduate degree, Todd
Miller plans to continue his education in chemistry.
Michael Shen is a second-year student in Chemistry. He joined NUCRET in 2016 and has since worked in
various non-pgm catalysts. Following his undergraduate degree, Michael plans to pursue higher education
and a career in industrial chemistry.
Jenna Malley is a fourth year BS/MS student in Chemistry. She’s completed two research co-ops in Takeda
Oncology’s Medicinal Chemistry team working in the analytical chemistry department and the high
throughput chemistry department. She will be returning to Takeda during the summer of 2017 to further
study medicinal chemistry and its applications in chemotherapy. She joined NUCRET in 2015 and has since
worked on interfacial effect studies using alkaline media and comparing the effects of carbonate and
hydroxide. Following the completion of the BS/MS program, Jenna plans to pursue a doctorate degree in
food and agricultural sciences.
Cory Hard is a fourth year BS student in Chemistry. He completed his first co-op with Morpho
Detection’s R&D team, and second co-op with Draper’s Radiation Effects and Design Hardening group.
He joined NUCRET in 2017 and has been working on High-Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel
Cells with Non-PGM Catalysts as well as PtSn Catalysts for the Hydrogen Oxidation Reaction (HOR) in
the Presence of Acetylene. After graduation Cory has plans to go into industry for a few years
before deciding whether or not to go to graduate school.
Kieran Halligan is a fifth year BSMS student in Chemical Engineering. He’s completed three research
co-ops, one in Ashland’s Process Development team, one in Merrimack Pharmaceutical’s Upstream
Process Development team, and one in Biogen’s Cell Culture Development team. He joined NUCRET in
2016 and has since aided in the design and development of a novel alkaline liquid electrolyzer cell
to study the half cell reaction between Platinum and NUCRET developed Nickel-Chromium on Carbon
catalyst. Following his undergraduate degree, Kieran plans to work in the biotechnology industry.
Amal Lajami is an undergraduate senior in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, where she is
currently working on ORR in non-aqueous electrolytes for Li-air batteries applications. Following her
graduation, she intends to work in an analytical lab in oil industry for two years before continuing
her higher education.
Manav Sharma is an Undergraduate Student Research Assistant at NUCRET. He is working towards his
Bachelors in Science in the field of Chemistry. He has completed one co-up at Nuvera Fuel Cells
where he worked for almost 3 years. While at NUCRET, he has been working on automation of various lab
instruments using Lab View. He has also actively been a part of Inorganic catalyst synthesis and testing
for “NASA’s Plasma Pyrolysis Assembly Project” as well as Catalyst Prep and Testing for a Project on
“Prevention of Noble Metal from Halide poisoning”. He has also been a part of “various low and high
temperature fuel cell testing” as well as “water splitting experiment using alkaline membrane”. Following his
undergraduate degree Manav has plans to work for a firm in the field of green energy.
Veronica is a fifth year BS Chemistry student with minors in Physics and Mathematics. She’s completed
two coops, the first at the International School of Bremen, Germany teaching high school chemistry and
physics. The second coop was here at Northeastern as a Senior Physical Chemistry TA and Lab Technician.
She joined NUCRET in 2016 and has since worked on XAS analysis of M-Pt3Ni/C catalysts. Following her
undergraduate degree she plans on pursuing a PhD.
Ankit Sojitra is first year MS student in Energy Systems in the College of Engineering. Prior to joining
NUCRET, he received a Bachelor of Technology from Nirma University in Mechanical Engineering in India.
Following his Master’s program, he intends to pursue his career in renewable energy sector in corporate
field and mainly interested in rural electrification specifically in India.
Christopher Lin is a fourth year biochemistry student who joined NUCRET in Fall 2015. He has assisted
in catalyst testing using an RDE setup and in the design of water-splitting cells. After graduation,
he plans to attend medical school.
Alexander Erdelyi is a fifth year chemistry student finishing his bachelor’s degree in May 2017. He
has completed three co-ops; one at Clariant in post-consumer catalyst testing, another at Nuvera in
fuel cell test engineering, and a third with Tokyo Electron (TEL-NEXX) in semiconductor
electroplating process engineering. He has worked with NUCRET for 3 nonconsecutive semesters and has
worked primarily on evaluating the performance of non-PGM catalysts. Following his undergraduate
degree, Alex plans to work in industry.
Andrew Freeman is a first year BS student in chemistry and mathematics. He joined NUCRET in 2017 and
has since begun to learn the fundamentals of electrochemistry research. Following his undergraduate
degree, Andrew plans to pursue a doctoral degree in an as of yet undetermined branch of chemistry.
Francisco Arbouin is a candidate for MS in Energy Systems, actually working on two projects at
NUCRET: the further development of a pre-existing model for analysis of electrochemical impedance
spectroscopy (EIS) data, and the design enhancement of a cell for X-ray absorption spectroscopy
(XAS) analysis. Prior to joining NUCRET, he received a BS from Universidad Nacional de Colombia in
Mechanical Engineering, worked as an application engineer on the plant and mechanical design
software industry, and has been a research assistant on the development of surgical simulations
models for pediatric otolaryngology. Following his career, he intends to combine his experience onto
the development of solutions and strategies for clean energy generation and usage, with focus on
electrochemical processes like fuel cells and battery storage.
Yun Ji Im
Yun Ji Im is a fifth year undergraduate student in Chemistry. She’s completed two co-ops in Bicon
Dental Implants. She joined NUCRET in 2017 and has since worked on non-precious metal catalysts for
Hydrogen storage in alkaline electrolyzer cell. Following her undergraduate degree, Yun Ji Im plans
to go to dental school.