Veronica Augustyn

University Faculty Scholar
Associate Professor

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Prof. Augustyn’s research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of materials for electrochemical energy technologies including batteries, electrochemical capacitors, electrolyzers, and fuel cells. In particular, she is interested in the relationships between material composition, structure, and morphology and the resulting electrochemical mechanisms. Her research involves the use of both liquid phase and solid state synthesis methods and a variety of in situ and operando electrochemical techniques. She also leads an award-winning international project at NC State, SciBridge, which develops renewable energy research and education collaborations between universities in Africa and the U.S.

 

Augustyn Research Group

SciBridge Project

Education

Postdoctoral Fellow 2013 - 2015

Texas Materials Institute

University of Texas at Austin

Ph.D. 2013

Materials Science and Engineering

University of California, Los Angeles

B.S. 2007

Materials Science and Engineering

University of Arizona

Research Description

The Augustyn Research Group investigates materials at electrochemical interfaces for the development of clean-energy technologies. The science and engineering of materials remain at the forefront of finding viable solutions for the complex and global energy problems. Electrochemical energy technologies, such as fuel cells, electrolyzers, batteries, and electrochemical capacitors are some of the most viable for the clean conversion and storage of energy – but we are far from harnessing their full potential.

Honors and Awards

  • NC State Goodnight Early Career Innovator, 2021
  • NC State College of Engineering George H. Blessis Advising Award, 2021
  • Department of Energy Early Career Award, 2019
  • Sloan Research Fellow in Chemistry, 2019
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2017
  • Research Corporation for Science Advancement Scialog Fellow, Advanced Energy Storage, 2017
  • BASF VW Award Electrochemistry Finalist, 2017
  • Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, 2016

Publications

Continuous transition from double-layer to Faradaic charge storage in confined electrolytes
Fleischmann, S., Zhang, Y., Wang, X., Cummings, P. T., Wu, J., Simon, P., … Augustyn, V. (2022, March 17), NATURE ENERGY. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41560-022-00993-z
Critical Role of Structural Water for Enhanced Li+ Insertion Kinetics in Crystalline Tungsten Oxides
Mitchell, J. B., Wang, R., Ko, J. S., Long, J. W., & Augustyn, V. (2022), JOURNAL OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL SOCIETY. https://doi.org/10.1149/1945-7111/ac58c8
Electrochemical proton insertion modulates the hydrogen evolution reaction on tungsten oxides
Spencer, M. A., Fortunato, J., & Augustyn, V. (2022), JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0082459
Decoupling Proton and Cation Contributions to Capacitive Charge Storage in Birnessite in Aqueous Electrolytes
Saeed, S., Fortunato, J., Ganeshan, K., Duin, A. C. T., & Augustyn, V. (2021), CHEMELECTROCHEM. https://doi.org/10.1002/celc.202100992
Effects of interlayer confinement and hydration on capacitive charge storage in birnessite
Boyd, S., Ganeshan, K., Tsai, W.-Y., Wu, T., Saeed, S., Jiang, D.-en, … Augustyn, V. (2021, August 2), NATURE MATERIALS. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41563-021-01066-4
Probing local electrochemistry via mechanical cyclic voltammetry curves
Tsai, W.-Y., Wang, R., Boyd, S., Augustyn, V., & Balke, N. (2021), NANO ENERGY, 81. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nanoen.2020.105592
Sulfidation and selenidation of nickel nanoparticles
Lynch, B. B., Kelliher, A. P., Anderson, B. D., Japit, A., Spencer, M. A., Rizvi, M. H., … Tracy, J. B. (2021), CARBON ENERGY. https://doi.org/10.1002/cey2.83
Toward Deterministic 3D Energy Storage Electrode Architectures via Electrodeposition of Molybdenum Oxide onto CNT Foams
Spencer, M. A., Yildiz, O., Kamboj, I., Bradford, P. D., & Augustyn, V. (2021), ENERGY & FUELS. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.1c02352
Understanding electrochemical cation insertion into prussian blue from electrode deformation and mass changes
Saeed, S., Boyd, S., Tsai, W.-Y., Wang, R., Balke, N., & Augustyn, V. (2021), CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS. https://doi.org/10.1039/d1cc01681d
Effect of water in a non-aqueous electrolyte on electrochemical Mg2+ insertion into WO3
Wang, R., Boyd, S., Bonnesen, P. V., & Augustyn, V. (2020), JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES, 477. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2020.229015

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