Published on Friday August 23, 2013
Dr. Ekaterina Pomerantseva will join the Department in September 2013 as Assistant Professor.
Currently, Dr. Pomerantseva is a postdoctoral research associate in the MEMS Sensors and Actuators Laboratory (MSAL), led by Professor Reza Ghodssi, at the University of Maryland, College Park. She works in the area of micro-/nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS) with a focus on microdevices for energy storage, including the development of three-dimensional hierarchical electrodes for lithium-ion microbatteries and a platform for in situ measurement of electrochemical reaction induced mechanical changes in lithium-ion battery electrodes. She received a Ph.D. degree in 2007 from Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia) where she also did her undergraduate studies at the Department of Materials Science. She explored the world of functional materials through research conducted under the supervision of Professor Eugene Goodilin. Her research interests involved high temperature superconductors, materials with colossal magnetoresistance, catalysts, ionic conductors and cathodes for lithium batteries. The latter became her major interest during the year and half that she stayed at Moscow State University as a junior researcher. In 2009-2010 she worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Linda Nazar at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Canada), where she fabricated and studied the electrochemical behavior of electrodes for lithium-oxygen batteries.
At Drexel Dr. Pomerantseva's Materials Electrochemistry Group will develop novel nanostructured materials and architectures for high performance electrochemical energy storage, with particular interest in exploring emerging directions such as hybrid supercapacitors, metal-air batteries and multivalent intercalation systems. Dr. Pomerantseva strives to develop long lasting, yet compact and safe, next generation power sources. With a focus on fundamental science, her work will contribute to developing new energy storage technologies with improved efficiency and better stability.