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About Us

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” 

by Dr. M.L. King, Jr.

The Principle Investigator, Professor Burda, leads this diverse and motivated group. Research of this group is premised upon two basic ideas; the first one is the importance of  Energy, Environment, and Health for our future. At the same time, the second one is utilizing sunlight and other decentralized renewable energy sources to face the challenges of the first premise. So, our group is working relentlessly for a commitment to ensure a better future.

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Meet The Team

Rathiesh Pandian

Rathiesh Pandian

4th Year PhD

rrp45@case.edu

New Jersey, United States

B.S. in Biochemistry, Miami University

His current research focus is "Femtosecond relaxation dynamics of deep eutectic solvents". Other than that he loves to play soccer and weight-lifting in his leisure time. Besides, he is a good cook.

Mai Rashwan

Mai Rashwan

4th Year PhD

msr136@case.edu

Ismailia, Egypt

B.S. in Chemistry, Suez Canal University

M.S. in Chemistry, Suez Canal University

Her current research focus is "Photothermal Properties of Nanofluids." She loves swimming and fishing in her free time. She is also a skilled cook and enjoys experimenting with fresh fish recipes. Her passion for outdoor activities and culinary arts makes her an exciting person.

Desiree Mae Prado

Desiree Mae Prado

3rd Year PhD

dxp421@case.edu

South Cotabato, Philippines

B.S. in Chemistry, University of the Philippines Diliman

M.S. in Energy Engineering, University of the Philippines Diliman

Her current research focus is "Electrochemistry of Deep Eutectic Solvent Systems". Other than that she loves to read books, fond of cooking, and walking outside when the weather is good.

Zoey Lockwood

Zoey Lockwood

3rd Year PhD

zal15@case.edu

Ohio, United States

B.S. in Biochemistry, Ashland University

Her current research focus is "Next-Generation Gold Nanoparticle Cancer Therapeutics". She loves to spend time with her friends and family. Other than that she enjoys weight-lifting, reading, hiking, and getting pictures of the sunset.

Stefane Lira

Stefane Lira

3rd Year PhD (Exchange)

sxd870@case.edu
Goias, Brazil
B.S. in Chemistry, Universidade Federal do Oeste da Bahia
M.S. in Chemistry, Universidade Federal de Goiás

Her current research focus is “Ceramic Perovskites for Energy Harvesting”. Other than that when she is not doing science, she loves to sing.

Hamza Shaili

Hamza Shaili

2nd Year PhD

hxs886@case.edu

Casablanca, Morocco

B.S. in Physics, Hassan II University

M.S. in Energy Engineering, Mohammed V University

His current research focus is "Materials for solar energy conversion". In his leisure time, he likes to practice his boxing skills and weight-lifting.

Siraj Islam

Md Sirajul Islam

2nd Year PhD

mxi193@case.edu

Dhaka, Bangladesh

B.S. in Chemistry, Khulna University

His current research focus is "Nanomaterial Synthesis for Energy Harvesting and Conversion". He is an avid reader, who is obsessed with history and fond of traveling places. Other than that he is an enthusiastic cook, too.

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