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EE Graduate Students Created a Student Chapter of Electrochemical Society

EE Graduate Students Created a Student Chapter of Electrochemical Society

ECS Students - Photo 1Electrical engineering graduate students created a student chapter of the Electrochemical Society (ECS). The UCR student chapter was approved at the Electrochemical Society’s meeting in Montreal, Canada. Doctoral graduate students and PhD candidates Khan M. Farhan Shahil, Javed Khan, M. Zahid Hossain and Muhammad Rahman serve as the UCR chapter’s chair, vice chair, secretary and treasurer, respectively. Other graduate student members – founders of the UCR chapter – include Jie Yu, Craig Nolen, Vivek Goyal, Guanxiong Liu and Desalegne Teweldebrhan. Professor Alexander A. Balandin serves as a faculty advisor and mentor. The founding graduate students conduct their dissertation research in Professor Balandin’s Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL). The UCR student chapter of ECS became the second one in the UC system after the UC Berkeley chapter, which was founded in 2006. Both chapters are listed on ECS web-site.

The idea to create an ECS student chapter came to the students after some of them attended and gave talks at the Electrochemical Society’s annual meeting in Las Vegas in 2010. The students were impressed with the quality of technical presentations, and opportunities for interactions with researchers and engineers from both academia and industry. Professor Balandin’s history of participation in ECS meetings dates back to 1995. The students’ dissertation research in NDL include investigation of thermal and electronic properties of graphene, applications of graphene in electronic devices, nanostructured materials for thermoelectric, photovoltaic and battery applications.

ECS was founded in 1902 as an international nonprofit, educational organization concerned with a broad range of phenomena relating to electrochemical and solid-state science and technology. ECS has more than 8,000 scientists and engineers in over 70 countries worldwide, who hold individual membership, as well as about 100 corporations and laboratories that hold corporate membership. ECS bridges the gaps among academia, research, and engineering—bringing together scientists from around the world for the exchange of technical information.

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ECS Students - Photo 2
Photo: UCR ECS student chapter organizers from the Nano-Device Laboratory. K.M. Farhan Shahil, the chapter’s chair, is standing next to Professor Balandin.

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