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Faculty Profile

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Name: Radenka Maric
Title: CT Clean Energy Fund Professor of Sustainable Energy
Affiliation: Center for Clean Energy Engineering
Department: Materials Science & Engineering
E-Mail: maric@engr.uconn.edu
Personal/Lab Website: http://www.mse.engr.uconn.edu/radenka-maric
Program/Department Website: http://www.cbe.engr.uconn.edu/radenka-maric
Office Telephone: (860) 486-1450

Keywords | Categories: batteries, bio-sensors, biomaterials, Center for Clean Energy Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, coating technologies, fuel cells, Institute of Materials Science, Materials Science and Engineering, nanomaterials, thin films

Professional Summary

Dr. Maric’s research has been focused on fundamental understanding of the effect of structure, defects, and microstructure on transport and electrical properties of surfaces and interfaces. In particular, she is interested in developing novel materials for fuel cell, batteries and biosensors, durability study, performance and life prognosis, aging, material state changes, and long term behavior. She developed the Reactive Spray Deposition Technology (RSDT) technology, a thin-film deposition process that overcomes many of the shortcomings of traditional vapor deposition techniques while yielding equal or better quality coatings at a lower cost. The RSDT not only provides high quality active films/coatings (e.g., catalysts/electrodes), it also reduces the manpower, energy consumption and number of processing steps required to assemble the films. More specifically, RSDT combines materials synthesis and deposition into a single step with several control features, replacing at least 5 unit operations in a conventional electrode manufacturing scheme.