MSE Undergrad and Grad Named Recipients of NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship

April 28th, 2017

Undergraduate student Éowyn Lucas and graduate student Shelby Boyd in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at North Carolina State University have been named recipients of the prestigious National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The GRFP provides recognition and financial support for "outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines." For the 2017 application year, this highly competitive program offered 2,000 awards for over 13,000 applications.

Éowyn Lucas has spent the last two years working for Professor Veronica Augustyn researching nickel oxide nanoparticles (in collaboration with the Tracy group) as catalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). During this time, she developed expertise in Raman spectroscopy and electrochemical characterization. Moving forward, Éowyn plans to use the GRFP to attend the California Institute of Technology to pursue a PhD in Professor Harry Atwater’s research group. At Caltech, she will be conducting research in the field of artificial photosynthesis. Éowyn ultimately hopes advance solar water splitting for the efficient production of hydrogen fuel.

Shelby Boyd joined the Augustyn research group a year and a half ago. Her current research investigates atomic-scale structures of cathode materials for rechargeable aqueous sodium-ion batteries and nanoscale electrode architectures for pseudocapacitive materials. She studies the interactions between electrodes and electrolytes to determine energy storage mechanisms. To accomplish this, she will continue utilizing the state-of-the-art characterization equipment at NCSU. Through this work she expects to further the understanding of fundamental structure-property relationships in energy storage, and eventually enable a new class of aqueous sodium-ion batteries for grid scale applications.

Eowyn Lucas and Shelby Boyd
Left: Éowyn Lucas; Right: Shelby Boyd

North Carolina State University