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NOVEMBER 2017

November 14, 2017. Mihit Parekh and Sangjin Chung joined the VIPER group in Fall 2017, Congratulations!

November 2, 2017. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Engineered Electrodes for Energy Storage and Battery Safety," at Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing (3M) Company, at St. Paul, MN.

November 2, 2017. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Hybrid Nanocoatings of Graphene-ZnO-Binder on Steel Surfaces to Reduce Friction and Wear Under High Load Conditions," at the AICHE conference, at Minneapolis Convention Center, MN.


OCTOBER 2017

October 31, 2017. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Greener Processing for the Conversion of Waste Plastics into Energy Storing Carbons (318c)", at the AICHE conference, at Minneapolis Convention Center, MN.

October 25, 2017. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Undergraduate Research - Why, Where, When, How? Chemical Engineering (CHE 20000-class seminar)", at Purdue University, IN.

October 24, 2017. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Upcycling of Waste Plastic into Valuable Energy Storing Carbons", Environmental and Ecological Engineering Research Seminar, at Purdue University, IN.

October 12, 2017. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Raman Spectroscopy and its Role in Rechargeable Batteries", at the ChE 666 elective course guest lecture, at Purdue University, IN.


SEPTEMBER 2017

September 20, 2017. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Engineered Electrodes for Safer Rechargeable Batteries", at School of Engineering and Applied sciences, Harvard University, Boston.

September 18, 2017. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, Introduction to Rechargeable Batteries, Power and Energy, onshore and afloat", CNIT 581 course class lecture at MSEE, Purdue University, IN.

September 12, 2017. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Sustainable Architectures for Efficient Energy Saving and Safe Storage", at Purdue-Mexico Center for Sustainability, CIDESI, Mexico.


AUGUST 2017

AUGUST 19, 2017. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Engineered Electrodes Synthesis and Testing for Safer Rechargeable Batteries", at Incoming Graduate Students, Materials Engineering, Purdue University, IN.

AUGUST 12, 2017. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Engineered Electrodes for Safer Rechargeable Batteries," at the Naval Postgraduate School seminar series, at Monterey, California.

AUGUST 8, 2017. Arthur D. Dysart, Prof. Sadeghi, and Prof. Pol are featured in a Word Indistrial Reporter article, "New solid lubricant shown to reduce friction and wear on steel surfaces."

AUGUST 7, 2017. Arthur D. Dysart, Prof. Sadeghi, Prof. Pol are featured in the Purdue News Spotlight article, "New solid lubricant shown to reduce friction and wear on steel surfaces."


JULY 2017

JULY 31, 2017. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Long Lasting Batteries for Medical Devices and Wearables," for Baxter Company Visitors at Purdue University, Indiana.

JULY 12, 2017. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Engineered Tribofilms & Electrodes for Safer Batteries," at Centro de Ingeniería y Desarrollo Industrial CIDESI at Santiago de Querétaro, México.


JUNE 2017

JUNE 13, 2017. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Engineered Electrodes for Safer Rechargeable Batteries," at the Materials Science and Engineering department seminar at Tuskegee University, Alabama.

JUNE 8, 2017. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Batteries – Challenges and Solutions," to the College of Engineering's Summer Undergraduate Reearch Fellowship (SURF) at Purdue University, Indiana.

JUNE 5, 2017. Congratulations to S. Hong, V. Etacheri, C. N. Hong, S. W. Choi, K. B. Lee, Prof. V. G. Pol, and collaborators for their accepted article, "Enhanced Lithium- and Sodium-Ion Storage in an Interconnected Carbon Network Comprising Electronegative Fluorine," in the Journal Applied Materials and Interfaces!

JUNE 3, 2017. Congratulations to D. G. Lima, K. Kima, M. Razdana, R. Diazb, S. Osswalda, Prof V. G. Pol and collaborators for their accepted article, "Lithium storage in structurally tunable carbon anode derived from sustainable source," in the Journal Carbon!

JUNE 1, 2017. Congratulations to R. A. Adams, J. Syu, Y. Zhao, C. Lo, Prof. A. Varma, Prof. V. G. Pol, , and collaborators for their accepted article, "Binder-Free N- and O-Rich Carbon Nanofiber Anodes for Long Cycle Life K-Ion Batteries," in the Journal Applied Materials and Interfaces!

MAY 2017

MAY 15, 2017. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Design and Engineer Electrode Materials for Safer Rechargeable Batteries," at the Cummins at Columbus, Indiana.

MAY 9, 2017. Prof. Pol presents, "Designing Low Cost Na-ion batteries," at The Navy Enterprise Partnership Teaming with Universities for National Excellence (NEPTUNE) meeting at MIT, Boston.


APRIL 2017

April 11, 2017. Prof. Pol presents an invited distinguished lecture, "Engineered Electrodes for Energy Storage and Battery Safety," at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Crane, Indiana.


MARCH 2017

MARCH 30, 2017. Congratulations to Neal A. Cardoza, for winning first place in the Undergraduate Research Symposium!

MARCH 10, 2017. Congratulations to Neal A. Cardoza, recipient of the 2017 ThinkSwiss Fellowship!


FEBUARY 2017

FEBUARY 30, 2017.Prof. Pol - Top 50 Indians contributed to growth of the Energy Storage and Micro-grid industry, Emerging Technology News (ETN) Magazine Link


DECEMBER 2016

December 8, 2016. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Engineered Electrodes at Nanoscale for Energy Storage Devices," at the 2016 International Conference of Battery Technology at Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


NOVEMBER 2016

November 9, 2016. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Upcycling Concepts for 21st Century," at the 2017 TEDxPurdue Salon series at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.


OCTOBER 2016

October 23, 2016. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Engineered Electrode Materials for Energy Storage Applications," at the Centro de Ingeniería y Desarrollo Industrial (CIDESI) in Santiago de Querétaro, México.

October 7, 2016. Prof. Pol presents an invited seminar talk, "Sustainable Energy Storing Materials," at Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri. This talk was a part of the Department of Energy, Environmental, & Chemical Engineering Seminar Series.

October 5, 2016. Prof. V. G. Pol publishes an editorial overview, "Energy and Environmental Engineering: Emergent electrical energy efficacy (E4)," in the Journal Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering!

October 4, 2016. Congratulations to Prof. V. G. Pol, Prof. K. B. Lee, S. M. Hong, A. D. Dysart, and collaborators for their accepted article, "MoS2 nanolayer coated carbon spheres as an oil additive for enhanced tribological performance," in the Journal Carbon!

October 1, 2016. Congratulations to Jialiang Tang, recipient of the 2016 Phillips 66 Fellowship!


SEPTEMBER 2016

September 30, 2016. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Engineered Electrode Materials for Rechargeable Batteries," at the Korea University, Seoul, South Korea.

September 29, 2016. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Engineered Electrode Materials for Rechargeable Batteries," at the LG Chem Research Park, Daejeon, South Korea.

September 28, 2016. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Rechargeable Batteries: Recycling and Use of Upcycled Materials," at the 2016 Recycling of Valuable Resources (ReVaR), held in Seoul, South Korea.

September 20, 2016. Congratulations to Prof. V. G. Pol, A. D. Dysart, X. L. Phuah, and collaborators for their accepted article, "CO2 Capture in the Sustainable Wheat-Derived Activated Microporous Carbon Compartments," in the Journal Scientific Reports!

September 14, 2016. Prof. Pol presents an invited Plenary talk, "Advanced Nanoengineered Carbons for Energy Storage Applications," at the The Physics and Chemistry of Carbon Materials & Nanoengineering, Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan.


AUGUST 2016

August 18, 2016. Congratulations to Ryan Adams, recipient of the Second Place Poster Presentation in the Materials & Nanotechnology category of the 25th Annual Graduate Research Symposium!

August 8, 2016. Congratulations to the ViPER Group and SureCarbon collaborators, finalists of the 2016 R&D Award Competition! The R&D100 Award is a prestegious distinction awarded annually by R&D Magazine to recognize the top 100 greatest innovative technologies of the year.


JULY 2016

July 19, 2016. Congratulations to Prof. Pol, recipient of the Sustainable Engineering Forum Research Award during the Sustainable Energy Forum on behalf of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers!


JUNE 2016

June 15, 2016. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Sustainable Energy Storage," at the Mahatma Gandhi Missions Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College (MGM-JNEC), Aurangabad, India.

June 9, 2016. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Batteries," at the Customized Energy Solutions Company, Wakad, Pune, India.

June 8, 2016. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Engineering of Electrode Materials for Rechargeable Batteries," at the Pune University, Pune, India. This talk is part of the Chemistry Department seminar series.

June 7, 2016. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Engineering of Electrode Materials for Rechargeable Batteries," at the 2016 Chemistry Seminar held at the Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), Khadakwasla, Pune, India.

June 6, 2016. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Electrode Materials Synthesis and Engineering for Rechargeable Batteries," at the 2016 Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Seminar held at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, India.

June 2, 2016. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Advanced Electrode Materials for Rechargeable Batteries," at the 2016 Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Seminar held at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, India.



MAY 2016

May 10, 2016. Congratulations to R. Adams, student representative of the 2016-2018 Chemical Engineering Safety Committee!

May 4, 2016. Prof. Pol presents an invited seminar talk, "Electrode Materials Engineering for Rechargeable Batteries," at the University of Virginia. This talk was a part of the Department of Chemical Engineering Seminar Series.



APRIL 2016

April 22, 2016. Prof. Pol presents an invited seminar talk, "Advanced Electrode Materials for Rechargeable Batteries," at the University of Connecticut. This talk was a part of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Series.

April 16, 2016. Congratulations to D. K. Kim, winner of the Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Research Symposium poster presentation contest in the Non-Senior category!

April 15, 2016. Ryan A. & Arthur D. explore the nanoscience of batteries with boys & girls of all ages during the 2016 NanoDays Science Festival at Birck Nanotechnology Center.

April 11, 2016. Congratulations to Prof. V. G. Pol and collaborators for their accepted article, "Long cycle life microporous spherical carbon anodes for sodium-ion batteries derived from furfuryl alcohol," in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A!

April 6, 2016. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Multifunctional Engineered Electrode Materials for Rechargeable Batteries," during the 2016 Physical Sciences Seminar held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

April 5, 2016. Prof. Pol presents an invited seminar talk, "Engineered Electrode Materials for Rechargeable Batteries," at the University of Tennessee. This talk was a part of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Seminar Series.

April 1, 2016. Congratulations to A. Dysart, third place winner of the 2016 Innovation for International Development (I2D) Exhibition poster presentation contest!



MARCH 2016

March 30, 2016. President Mitchell E. Daniels, President of Purdue University, tours the ViPER Group facilities.

March 24, 2016. Arthur hosts members of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Student Chapter on a tour of the ViPER laboratory. Thanks to Anthony Park for organizing this event.

March 17, 2016. Congratulations to J. Tang, V. Etacheri, and Prof. V. G. Pol for their accepted article, "Wild Fungus Derived Carbon Fibers and Hybrids as Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries," in the ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering!

March 16, 2016. Prof. Pol presents an invited seminar talk, "Multifunctional Engineered Electrode Materials for Rechargeable Batteries," at the Binghamton State University of New York. This talk was a part of the Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering Seminar Series.



FEBRUARY 2016

February 25, 2016. Welcome Nurul Zaty Fazil and Daniel Kyungbin Kye to the group! Zaty and Daniel are sophomores from the School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University.

February 24, 2016. Prof. Pol presents an invited seminar talk, "Advanced Materials for Sustainability and Battery Efficiency," at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), NJ. This talk was a part of the NJIT Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Seminar Series.

February 10, 2016. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Innovative Materials for Sustainability and Battery Efficiency Applications," at Texas A&M University.

February 9, 2016. Congratulations to A. D. Dysart, C. N. Hong, Prof. V. G. Pol, and Texas A&U collaborators for their accepted article, "Towards Next Generation Lithium-Sulfur Batteries: Non-Conventional Carbon Compartments/Sulfur Electrodes and Multi-Scale Analysis," in the Journal of the Electrochemical Society!

February 5, 2016. Congratulations to J. Tang and Prof. V. G. Pol for their accepted article, "From Allergens to Battery Anodes: Nature-Inspired, Pollen Derived Carbon Architectures for Room and Elevated-Temperature Li-ion Storage," in the journal Scientific Reports!

February 5, 2016. Jialiang Tang and Prof. Pol are featured in the Purdue News Spotlight article, "From allergens to anodes: pollen derived battery electrodes."

February 2, 2016. Arthur hosts Dr. Phillip O' Connor of PAX Pure on a tour of the ViPER laboratory.



JANUARY 2016

January 20, 2016. Welcome John Cullinan and Mark Fratto to the group! John and Mark are sophomores from the School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University.

January 15, 2016. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Sustainable Energy Storing Materials," at the 2016 Sustainability Forum at the Illinois Institute of Technology, IL.

January 21, 2016. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Novel Electrode Architectures for Efficient Rechargeable Batteries," at Oregon State University, OR.

January 15, 2016. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Sustainable Energy Storing Materials," at the 2016 Sustainability Forum at the Illinois Institute of Technology, IL.



DECEMBER 2015

December 30, 2015. Congratulations to Prof. C. Tsai, A. Dysart, J. Beltz, and Prof. V. G. Pol for their accepted article, "Identification and Mitigation of Generated Solid By-Products during Advanced Electrode Materials Processing," in the journal Environmental Science & Technology!

December 11, 2015. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "On Batteries," at the School of Engineering Technology, Purdue University, IN.



NOVEMBER 2015

November 18, 2015. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Generating Preferred Electrode Architectures for Efficient Rechargeable Batteries," as part of the Purdue School of Chemistry Seminar Series (BRWN 4102, 12:30 PM).

November 17, 2015. Congratulations to Prof. Pol and Argonne National Laboratory collaborators for receiving the 2015 R&D Award! The R&D100 Award is a prestegious distinction awarded annually by R&D Magazine to recognize the top 100 greatest innovative technologies of the year.

November 7, 2015. The ViPER Group celebrates luncheon for the continuing international collaboration with Prof. Ki B. Lee and Seok-Min Hong of Korea University, South Korea. Seok Min's work is a part of the Purdue Univeristy-Korea University partnership.



OCTOBER 2015

October 12, 2015. The ViPER upcycling research project, "Upcycling of Packing-Peanuts into Carbon Microsheet Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries," is featured in the research showcase Renewable Energy Global Innovations!

October 7, 2015. Prof. Pol presents a talk, "Exploring Carbon Anodes for Sodium-ion Batteries," and poster, "Na-ion Battery Electrode Materials Design by Low Cost Ultrasonic Spray Pyrolysis," at the 2nd International Conference on Sodium Batteries.



SEPTEMBER 2015

September 23, 2015. Congratulations to Prof. V. G. Pol and Argonne National Laboratory collaborators for their accepted article, "Nanoscale origin and evolution of kinetically induced defects in carbon spheres," in the journal Carbon!

September 22, 2015. J. Tang, A. Dysart, and V.G. Pol are featured in the Purdue News Spotlight article, "Sodium-Ion Batteries are the Potential Power Technology of the Future." This article is featured on the Birck Nanotechnology Center NanoHUB frontpage!

September 21, 2015. Prof. Pol is named a Purdue Research Media Expert. With various media outlets, Prof. Pol discusses topics related to new concepts for better rechargeable lithium-ion, lithium-sulfur, and sodium-ion batteries.

September 20, 2015. Prof. Pol is a cooperative Principal Investigator on the project, "Development of low-cost, high-performance electrode materials for Na-ion batteries". This project is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research in Science & Technology as part of the NEPTUNE Center for Power and Energy Research.

September 7, 2015. Welcome Shu Yi Neoh and Neal Cardoza to the group! Shu Yi and Neal are sophomores from the School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University.



AUGUST 2015

August 20, 2015. Welcome Yunpu Tommy Zhao to the group! Tommy is a visiting undergraduate researcher from Nankai University, Tianjin, China.

August 17, 2015. Congratulations to J. Tang, A. Dysart, and Prof. V. G. Pol for their accepted review, "Advancement in Sodium-Ion Rechargeable Batteries," in the journal Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering!

August 2, 2015. The ViPER Group celebrates at the 2015 Group Outing!



JULY 2015

July 17, 2015. Welcome Hannah Harding to the group! Hannah is a visiting researcher from Tuskegee University, Alabama, U.S.A.

July 9, 2015. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Creation of Desired Electrode Architectures for Efficient Rechargeable Batteries," at Texas A&M University, Texas as part of the Texas A&M University Chemical Engineering Seminar Series.



JUNE 2015

June 30, 2015. Prof. Pol presents two talks, "Birth of Scalable Hybrid Electrode Materials for the Efficient Lithium Ion Batteries" and "Trashed Packing-Peanuts Remediation Into Energy Storing Carbon Anodes," and serves as session chair at 2015 ICMAT in Singapore.

June 24, 2015. Congratulations to V. Etacheri, C. Hong, and Prof. V. G. Pol for their collective accepted publication, "Upcycling of Packing Peanuts into Carbon Microsheet Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries," in the journal Environmental Science & Technology!

June 24, 2015. Ryan & Arthur host bright and inquisitive minds on a tour of the ViPER facilities as part of the Duke Energy Academy.

June 8, 2015. Welcome Claudia E. Z. Lugo and Roberto G. Esparza to the group! Claudia & Roberto are visiting undergraduate researchers from the Universidad Tecnológica de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico. Their work is a part of the 2015 Purdue-Mexican Institute Resesarch Fellowship.

June 5, 2015. Welcome Batkhongor Chagnaa to the group! Batkhongor is a visiting undergraduate researcher from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY. Batkhongor's work is a part of the 2015 AIAD Cadet Research Fellowship.



May 2015

May 29, 2015. Welcome Kay Lee to the group! Kay is a senior from the School of Chemical Engineering.

May 28, 2015. Welcome Seok Min Hong to the group! Seok Min is a visiting graduate researcher from Korea University, Seoul, South Korea.

May 27, 2015. Congratulations to Prof. Candace Su-Jung Tsai for her published textbook, "Exposure Assessment & Safety Considerations for Working with Engineered Nanoparticles," available from Wiley Publications. The cover illustration showcases new materials produced in the ViPER laboratory!

May 25, 2015. Prof. Pol presents a talk, "Carbon Hotels with Nanosulfur Guests: Promising High Capacity Cathode Architecture with Hybrid Electrolyte for Lithium-Sulfur Battery," at the 226th Meeting of the Electrochemical Society in Chicago, IL, USA.



APRIL 2015

April 22, 2015. The ViPER Group is featured in the WLFI New 18 television segment, "Purdue Researchers are 'Upcycling' Packing Peanuts to Battery Components!"

April 17, 2015. Congratulations to Ryan Adams & Arthur Dysart, recipients of the 2015 Outstanding NanoDays Volunteer award!

April 16, 2015. The ViPER group is featured in the Forbes Science article, "How Packing Peanuts Could Power Your Phone."

April 15, 2015. Ryan A. & Arthur D. explore the nanoscience of batteries with boys & girls of all ages during the 2015 NanoDays Science Festival at Birck Nanotechnology Center.

April 9, 2015. Prof. Pol is featured in the WBAA Purdue Public Radio segment, "From Packing Boxes to Packing a Punch."



MARCH 2015

March 30, 2015. Congratulations to Xin Li Phuah, recipient of the 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship!

March 25, 2015. Dr. Peter B. Littlewood, director of Argonne National Laboratory, visits the ViPER Group during his visit to Purdue University.

March 24, 2015. Congratulations to the SoyaCell team for winning the People's Choice Award during the 2015 Soybean Innovation Competition!

March 22, 2015. The ViPER upcycling research project, "Packing Peanut Power Supply," is featured at the ACS 2015 Conference in Denver Colorado!

March 20, 2015. Congratulations to V. Etacheri, V. Pol, C. K. Chan, C. Wang, and M. J. O′ Connell for their collective accepted publication, "Porous Carbon Sphere Anodes for Enhanced Lithium-Ion Storage," in the journal Journal of Materials Chemistry A!

March 3, 2014. A. Alazemi, V. Etacheri, A. Dysart, L-E. Stacke, V.G. Pol, and F. Sadeghi are featured in the Purdue News Spotlight article, "Sub-micrometer carbon spheres reduce engine friction as oil additive."



FEBRUARY 2015

February 20, 2015. Congratulations to A. Alazemi, V. Etacheri, A. Dysart, L-E. Stacke, V.G. Pol, and F. Sadeghi for their collective accepted publication, "Ultrasmooth Submicron Carbon Spheres asLubricant Additives for Friction and Wear Reduction," in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces!


JANUARY 2015

January 23, 2015. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Interplay of Electrode Materials with Electrolytes for the Efficient Lithium-ion Batteries," at the DuPont Experimental Station.

January 21, 2015. Welcome Dong Hee Kim to the group! Don is a sophomore from the School of Chemical Engineering.

January 16, 2015. Prof. Pol is named as a Professor of the School of Materials Engineering.

January 15, 2015. Congratulations to Xin Li Phuah, recipient of the 2015 Chevron EPICS Scholarship!

January 3, 2015. Prof. Pol is a selected participant of the 2015 "National Effectives Teaching Institute (NETI)" workshop in Austin, TX.



DECEMBER 2014

December 3, 2014. Arthur hosts members of the Omega Chi Epsilon Honors Society on a tour of the ViPER laboratory. Thanks to Nick Dininger & Krystopher Jochem for organizing this event.

December 3, 2014. Dr. Etacheri, Prof. Pol, & co-authors are featured in the Purdue News Spotlight article, "Nanoparticle network could bring fast-charging batteries."


NOVEMBER 2014

November 18, 2014. Welcome Xin Li Phuah and Emmett Wilber to the group! Xin Li is a sophomore from the School of Material Engineering and Emmett is a freshman from the School of Engineering.

November 18, 2014. Congratulations to Jialiang Tang, recipient of the 2015 Hoosier Heavy Hybrid Center of Excellence Fellowship!

November 17, 2014. Prof. Pol presents a talk and poster, "Nanocrystalline Mesoporous SnO2 Anodes for Excellent Lithium Ion Storage," at the 2014 AIChE Annual Meeting.

November 7, 2014. Congratulations to Ryan Adams, recipient of the 2014 Purdue Chemical Engineering Centennial Fellowship!

November 7, 2014. Welcome Ryan Adams to the group! Ryan is a graduate student from the School of Chemical Engineering. Ryan is co-advised by Prof. Varma and Prof. Pol.


OCTOBER 2014

October 23, 2014. The ViPER Group hosts the Thermo Fisher DXR Research Team as part of the "Thermo Scientific DXR Raman Symposium." Thank you to our guests Dr. Jennifer Ramirez, Melanie Floyd, Molly Isermann, and Dr. Dick Weiboldt. Special thanks to Jialiang Tang, Dr. Vinodkumar Etacheri, Kevin Brew, Daw Gen Lim, Sreekanth Mandati, Arthur Dysart, Dr. Yury Zvinevich, & Prof. Vilas Pol for their many contributions in planning, hosting, and presenting at this event.

October 13, 2014. Prof. Caruthers and Prof. Pol present an invited talk, "Rechargeable Battery Safety through Materials Engineering," as part of the 2014 P2SAC Fall Conference.

October 10, 2014. Congratulations to Dr. Etacheri and co-authors for their accepted publication, "Ordered Network of Interconnected SnO2 Nanoparticles for Excellent Lithium-ion Storage," in the journal Advanced Energy Materials!

October 6, 2014. Prof. Pol presents a talk, "Lithium Alloying Nanoparticles Deposited 3D Carbon Architectures as Anodes for Li-Ion Batteries," as part of the 226th Meeting of the Electrochemical Society in Cancun, Mexico.

October 1, 2014. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Advanced High-Capacity Electrode Architectures for Lithium-Ion Batteries," as part of the 2014 SES Annual Technical Meeting.


SEPTEMBER 2014

September 30, 2014. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Engineered Electrode Materials for Energy Storage and their Environmental Impact during Processing," as part of the Purdue School of Health Sciences Seminar Series (HAMP 1252, 4:30 PM).

September 24, 2014. Congratulations to Jialiang & Arthur, both first place winners of the 2014 BASF Energy & Sustainability Forum poster presentation contest! Jialiang won first place in the Sustainability category with his presentation, "Sustainable Electrode Materials for Next Generation Energy Storage Devices." Arthur won first place in the Energy category with his presentation, "Sulfur Nano-guests for Carbon Micro-Hotels using Ultrasonic Synthesis Processes."

September 22, 2014. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Materials for Rechargeable Batteries: Which, Why and How?," as part of the Purdue School of Materials Engineering Seminar Series.

September 17, 2014. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Multifunctional Electrode Materials for Sustainable Energy Storage and Energy Conversion Technologies," at the 2014 Indo-US Science & Technology Forum.

September 12, 2014. Prof. Pol is named an organizer of the 2015 ACS Symposium, "Hybrid Functional Porous Materials for Sustainable Energy: Carbon, MOF, and Conductive Polymers," to be held in Denver, Colorado.


AUGUST 2014

August 28, 2014. The ViPER Group Thermo Scientific DXR Raman Microscope is now operational! New users must first obtain approval and complete inital training. Returning users can reserve this equipment here.

August 27, 2014. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "High Capacity Electrode Materials for Li-ion, Na-ion, and Li-S batteries," at Applied Materials in San Jose, CA.

August 25, 2014. Welcome Nicholas Dininger to the group! Nick is a senior from the School of Chemical Engineering.


JULY 2014

July 4, 2014. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Energy Storage Materials for Rechargeable Batteries: Eminence and Prospects," at Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea.


JUNE 2014

June 30, 2014. Prof. Pol chairs the discussion, "Carbons for Sustainable Energy Conversion and Storage," at the World Carbon Conference 2014 in South Korea.

June 30, 2014. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Emerging Carbon Architectures for Energy Storage Devices," at the World Carbon Conference 2014 in South Korea.

June 26, 2014. Jialiang & Arthur host bright and inquisitive minds on a tour of the ViPER facilities as part of the Duke Energy Academy.

June 25, 2014. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Batteries & Future Prospects," at the Duke Energy Foundation, Indiana.

June 24. 2014. Prof. Pol is a guest editor of the special issue "Functional Nanomaterials and Their Applications" of The Scientific World Journal.

June 20, 2014. Prof. Pol chairs the discussion, "Mechano-Thermo-Electrochemical Interactions in Energy Storage: Perspective toward Safety and Life," at the 17th U.S. National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics held at Michigan State University.

June 15, 2014. Prof. Pol presents an invited talk, "Sonochemically Derived Spherical Carbon Anodes: Cycle Life and Safety Characteristics," at the 17th U.S. National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics held at Michigan State University.

June 11, 2014. The ViPER Group celebrates at our inaugural group dinner!

June 10, 2014. Our first group paper, "Tunable, Functional Carbon Spheres Derived from Rapid Synthesis of Resorcinol-Formaldehyde Resins," is published in Applied Materials and Interfaces.

June 6, 2014. Welcome Breland Lee to the group! Breland is a visiting undergraduate researcher from Tuskegee University, Alabama. Breland's work is a part of the 2014 Summer Resesarch Opportunity Program.

June 2, 2014. Welcome Sidhartha Aggarwal to the group! Sid is a senior from the School of Mechanical Engineering.


MAY 2014

May 19, 2014. Welcome Jonathan Angelo, Chulgi "Nate" Hong, and Ram Saraswat to the group! Jon is a senior, Chulgi is a junior, and Ram is sophomore from the School of Chemical Engineering.