November 24th, 2023 The group published a manuscript titled Synthesis and Characterization of Amorphous Lawsone Polymer Dots for Fluorescent Applicationsin ACS Applied Nano Materials. This work includes contributions from graduate students Jesus Hernandez and Osma Gomez, and undergraduates Savannah Servera and Nanor Bedrosian. Valuable experimental contributions to this paper were provided by CSUN Chemistry & Biochemistry Professors Tamae, Fischhaber, and Garrett. Collaborators at Savannah River National Laboratory also provided additional contributions to the work.
November 10-12th, 2023 Congratulations to undergraduate Hovnan Simonyan who won first place for his poster High-Temperature Stability of Halogenated Closo-Borate Electrolyte Salts and Potential Use in Implantable Batteries in the Chemistry Division at the Second Annual International Forum on Research Excellence (IFoRE) sponsored by Sigma Xi IN long Beach California. The research presented is funded by the NSF LEAPS-MPS program (Award # 2137973).
June 25th-30th, 2023 Dr. Teprovich gave an invited talk at the Hydrogen-Metal Systems Gordon Research Conference titled, Coordination environment and interface dynamics of closo-borates in aqueous and non-aqueous electrolytes for batteries. The research presented is funded by the NSF LEAPS-MPS program.
June 3rd, 2023 Dr. Eller and Dr. Teprovich hosted a Chemistry and Biochemistry Open House event for local high school students. The theme of the event was The Chemistry of Energy, which featured several demonstrations, hands on experiments, liquid nitrogen ice cream, and prizes. Over 95 students, plus parents and teachers participated in the event. Many thanks to the NSF-LEAPS program for sponsoring and the many CSUN student volunteers who made the event possible.
June 1st, 2023 The group went to a local restaurant in Northridge to celebrate the end of the semester.
May 19th, 2023 A record number of six students graduated from the Teprovich Lab this semester!
Jesus Hernandez - M.S. Chemistry Matthew Green - M.S. Chemistry Nanor Bedrosian - B.S. Biochemistry Rachel Lindvall - B.S. Biochemistry Christopher Pakhanyan - B.S. Chemistry Savannah Servera - B.S. Chemistry
Congratulations to all of you, and best of luck in the next chapter of your lives!
May 19th, 2023 Three members of the group were recently honored with Departmental or College level awards for their academic accomplishments.
College of Science and Math Edison STEM Scholarship: Hovnan Simonyan David A. Miller Award for Excellence in Analytical Chemistry: Rachel Lindvall ACS Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry: Christopher Pakhanyan
Excellent work and Congratulations to all of you!
April 25th, 2023 Congratulations to Jesus Hernandez who won second place in his division and awarded a monetary prize for his oral presentation titled Synthesis and characterization of lawsone based polymer dots for cellular imaging at the annual CSUNposium student showcase of research.
April 21st, 2023 A big congratulations to Jesus Hernandez who won 2nd place in his division for a talk titled Synthesis and characterization of lawsone based polymer dots for cellular imaging which is based on his MS thesis research.
April 21st, 2023 A big congratulations to Andrew Fraire who gave his first talk at a conference at the CSUNposium. His talk is titled Zinc closo-borate electrolyte for aqueous battery systems and summarized his research on the development of new zinc based electrolytes for use in zinc ion batteries. This research is funded by the NSF LEAPS-MPS program.
April 7th, 2023 A big congratulations to Mattew Green who successfully defended his MS Chemistry thesis titled Closo-borate electrolytes for improved performance and safety in next generation battery systems. He is currently pursuing a job in industry. Many thanks to Dr. Miao and Dr. Eloranta who served as committee members.
March 17th, 2023 A big congratulations to MS student Nicholas Porcellino who successfully gave his literature seminar to the entire chemistry department titled, "Photocatalytic water splitting with TiO2 for hydrogen production".
March 10th, 2023 A big congratulations to Jesus Hernandez who successfully defended his MS Chemistry thesis titled Synthesis and characterization of lawsone based polymer dots for intracellular imaging. He will continue his education and pursue a Ph.D in chemistry at UCLA in the fall. Many thanks to Dr. Tamae and Dr. Fischhaber who served as committee members and provided valuable scientific contributions to this work as collaborators.
January 10th, 2023 Dr. Teprovich and Dr. Eller traveled to Rice University to perform Time of Flight - Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) with Dr. Tanguy Terlier on battery electrodes. The ToF-SIMS instrument is located in the Rice University Shared Equipment Authority (http://simslab.rice.edu/)
December 14th, 2022 The group went to a local sushi restaurant in Northridge to celebrate the holidays and the success the group had in the past year with publications and funding.
October 31-November 3rd, 2022 Dr. Teprovich gave an invited talk titled "Electrochemical properties and spectroscopic characterization ofcloso-borate electrolyte systems" at the 17th International Symposium on Metal-Hydrogen Systems in Perth, Australia. The work presented is funded by the NSF LEAPS-MPS program.
October 5-8th, 2022 Congrats to Jesus Hernandez who presented a poster on his carbon polymer dots research, which is the topic of his M.S. thesis, at the Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) conference in Pasadena, CA.
August 21, 2022 Congrats to graduate student Matthew Green who presented a poster at the recent ACS National Meeting in Chicago for research supported by the NSF LEAPS-MPS supported project.
August 18, 2022 Group happy hour at a local eatery.
May 18-20, 2022 Dr. Teprovich attended the Hydrides as Energy Materials (HydEM 2022) Symposium and Summer School in Belgium, where he gave an invited lecture titled "New directions for enhancing the electrochemical properties of closo(car)-borate electrolyte systems".
April 22, 2022 The group published a manuscript titled Spectroscopic investigation of the electronic and excited state properties of para-substituted tetraphenyl porphyrins and their electrochemically generated ions in Spectrochimica Acta Part A (Impact Factor 4.8). This work includes contributions from undergraduates Edgar Movsesian, Miguel Orozco, and graduate student Anthony Bernot. This was a collaboration with Savannah River National Lab, University of South Carolina Aiken, and University of Georgia. This work was funded through the SRNL LDRD fund.
April 7, 2022 The group published a manuscript titled Closo-borate gel polymer electrolytes with remarkable electrochemical stability and a wide operating temperature window in Advanced Science (Impact Factor 17.5). This work includes contributions from graduate students Matthew Green and Katty Kaydanik, and undergraduate Miguel Orozco. This was a collaboration with Savannah River National Lab, Sandia National Lab, and Lawrence Livermore National Lab. This collaboration was initiated by the DOE Office of Science Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) and supported by NSF LEAPS-MPS award #2117956.
February 15, 2022 Graduate students Matthew Green and Katty Kaydanik and undergraduate Hovnan Simonyan published an invited paper in Applied Sciences in the special issue Innovative Materials for Batteries. This research was supported by NSF LEAPS-MPS award #2117956.
December 16-20, 2021 Jesus Hernandez and Matthew Green each presented posters and Dr. Teprovich gave an invited talk titled Enhanced Ionic Conductivity and Cycle Stability of closo-borane Based Electrolytes in the Hydrogen-rich systems: Materials chemistry for energy storage and delivery symposium at the Pacifichem 2021 conference.
January 5-10, 2020 Dr. Teprovich attended the 15th International Symposium Hydrogen & Energy Conference in Sapporo, Japan and gave a research seminar titled Electrochemical properties of hydrogen containing boron and carbon clusters.
June 30-July5, 2019 Osma Gomez, Anthony Bernot, and Dr. Teprovich attended the Metal Hydrogen Systems Gordon Research Conference in Barcelona, Spain and presented posters. Dr. Teprovich was also on a panelist for the mentoring session titled: After Graduate School: Post Doctorate Life and Options at the accompanying Gordon Research Seminar.
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