Each month an AMERI user will be featured to showcase their work. Users consist of students, faculty, and professional researchers. This month’s user is Richa Agrawal.

Richa Agrawal has been working at AMERI since 2012. She works in the Energy Materials and Biological Sensors Lab, which is directed by Dr. Chunlei “Peggy” Wang.

Agrawal works on hybrid electrochemical capacitors, which combine the high energy density of rechargeable batteries and high power handling and cycle longevity of electrochemical capacitors. Her research focuses on both “scale-up” and miniaturized on-chip hybrid devices. The “scale-up” systems are typically designed as deliverables in coin-cell forms, whereas the micro-device platforms are patterned on silicon wafers. Agrawal’s work heavily relies on material characterization facilities provided by AMERI, which include scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) as well as the fabrication facilities at the AMERI cleanroom, along with the thermal treatments (controlled environment carbonization/calcination).

“My favorite thing about AMERI is that I can find all the equipment I require for my research under one roof. My personal favorite tool to use is SEM – I love looking at features far beyond what my eyes can see.”