Ekaterina Pomerantseva, here being interviewed for an NSF video on tobacco mosaic virus battery research. Photo credit: Rebecca Copeland
ISR postdoctoral research associate Dr. Ekaterina (Katya) Pomerantseva has accepted a faculty position in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She will join the faculty in September.
Pomerantseva has been a postdoc in ISR Director Reza Ghodssi?s (ECE/ISR) MEMS Sensors and Actuators Lab since 2010.
Pomerantseva received her B.S. degree (2000) in Materials Science, M.S. degree (2003) in Chemistry and Materials Science and Ph.D. degree (2007) in Solid-State Chemistry from Moscow State University in Russia. For her M.S. degree she worked on the synthesis and magnetoresistance measurements of CaMn3-xCuxMn4O12 solid solution. Her Doctoral thesis was on Ba6Mn24O48 whisker crystals growth techniques and simple methods for simultaneous nanostructuring and chemical modification to provide proton conductivity and tune their catalytic, sensory and electrochemical properties. She also holds an M.S. degree (2005) in biochemistry from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. While at McGill University she worked on the development of single-alignment domain rotational-echo double resonance (SAD-REDOR) solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technique for protein structure determination and study of interactions between proteins and small molecules.
After she received her Ph.D., she stayed at Moscow State University for one year and concentrated on the synthesis and characterization of cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries based on nanostructured manganese and vanadium oxides. Pomerantseva was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Materials Chemistry and Electrochemistry Lab at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, from 2009 to 2010. Her research was focused on the design of electrochemical cells, development of porous electrodes as well as synthesis and characterization of nanostructured catalysts for lihium-air batteries. At Maryland, Pomerantseva's research is in the areas of the synthesis of novel biotemplated nanostructures for next-generation battery electrodes, devising new methodologies for their integration in microfabricated devices and assisting in the improvement of current sensing techniques for biological events.
Pomerantseva is the second post-doctoral associate from Ghodssi's group to join the Drexel faculty; Matthew McCarthy is an assistant professor in Drexel's Mechanical Engineering Department.
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