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February 2018 Graduate Student Research Highlight: Anjula Kosswattaarachchi

Graduate student: Anjula Kosswattaarachchi, 4th-year Ph.D. student in Prof. Cook’s group

Notable recent achievements:

First Author Publications:

  1. Concentration-dependent charge-discharge characteristics of non-aqueous redox flow battery electrolyte combinations.  Acta2018261, 296-306. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electacta.2017.12.131
  2. Multicomponent Catholyte and Anolyte Solutions for High-Energy Density Non-Aqueous Redox Flow Batteries.  Electrochem. Soc.,2018165, A194-A200. https://dx.doi.org/10.1149/2.0751802jes

Second Author Publications:

  1. An Fe(III) Aza-macrocyclic Complex as pH-Tunable Catholyte and Anolyte for Redox-Flow Battery Applications.  Eur. J.201723, 15327-15331. https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.201704381
  2. Polyoxovanadate-alkoxide Clusters as Multi-electron Charge Carriers for Symmetric Non-aqueous Redox Flow Batteries. Chem. Sci.,2018. https://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C7SC05295B

Research highlight:

My thesis research project focuses on developing new charge carriers for redox flow batteries (RFBs) using molecular-level design principles guided by electrochemical analysis to address stability, solubility, and energy density.

The Department of Chemistry at UB is a very friendly environment with a lot of amazing, supportive professors and a variety of state-of-the-art instrumentation that has made me enjoy graduate school very much. The most wonderful part of my PhD is having the best advisor I could have asked for together with my awesome lab mates in the Cook Group and other lovely friends in the department, who have all become my family away from family.

Outside of lab, I enjoy traveling with my family and friends, photography and trying food from different restaurants.

Congratulations, Anjula!