Graduate Student Receives Electrochemical Society Summer Fellowship

Graduate Student and ECS Fellow Alex Pak stands in front of McKetta Department of Engineering Sign as he holds his horns up.Graduate student Alex Pak has been selected to receive a 2015 Herbert H. Uhlig Summer Fellowship from the Electrochemical Society (ECS). This year, the prestigious annual fellowship was awarded to five recipients from around the world.

Pak is a member of the Computational Nanoengineering Lab under the supervision of Professor Gyeong S. Hwang. His research focuses on the improved performance of energy storage technologies, such as supercapacitors, by leveraging computer simulations to explore the fundamental mechanisms which are atomistic in nature.  The insights from this work will enable innovators to create novel materials for next-generation supercapacitor devices, a class of energy storage devices useful for their high power characteristics and long lifetimes.

The $5,000 awarded with the fellowship will support Pak’s summer research on the utilization of complex three-dimensional graphitic carbon as an electrode material in next-generation supercapacitors.

Pak received his B.S. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010.  After a year as a junior scientist in Nano Terra, Inc. in Cambridge, Mass., he joined the Ph.D. program in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering. At the end of the summer, Pak will submit a written report about his project for publication in the December 2015 issue of “Interface”, ECS’s quarterly magazine.

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