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Russell (Colby) Evans (Fed)

NRC Postdoctoral Fellow

About me

I am a committed life-long-learner. Exploring the world and cultivating curiosity are essential components of who I am. The foundation of my career experience encompasses academic research in the fields of analytical chemistry, materials chemistry, electrochemistry, and biochemistry as well as an internship in an environmental lab. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling to different places around the world to learn about new cultures and traditions especially relating to art, science, and food.

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Research Interests 

2D Microelectronics Reliability 

Field-effect transistors (FETs) are fundamental components in modern electronics, driving advancements in computing, communication, and sensing technologies. The emergence of two-dimensional (2D) materials, such as transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), has spurred intense research into their potential application in FETs due to their unique electrical properties. I am interested in understanding the chemistry of how TMDs degrade how that leads to device failure. What changed in the material and what mechanisms lead to decreased performance? What environmental conditions exacerbate or mitigate these mechanisms? How can we push the boundaries in characterization technology to spatially resolve the species that lead to degradation in situ? A robust understanding of device failure will provide a path to develop mitigation strategies. 

Energy Storage 

High energy and power batteries require large thermodynamic capacity to store energy and fast kinetics to use that energy. By leveraging nanotechnology, we can engineer materials with tailored structures to optimize ion diffusion kinetics and enhance electrochemical performance. However, it is not clear what exactly those structures are because ion-insertion dynamics are not well understood in a broad range of solid materials. Though spatially correlated electronic, electrochemical, and optical measurements we can begin to understand structure-property relationships that will allow us to facilitate the development of ultra-efficient batteries and capacitors. This research not only addresses the growing demand for portable power sources but also holds promise for revolutionizing renewable energy storage systems, paving the way for a sustainable energy future.


NRC Research Associateship Program Postdoctoral Fellowship (2023)

C. Michael Elliott Scholarship (2019 - 2020)

Colorado State Energy Institute Award (2019)

Colorado State University Department of Chemistry Travel Award (2019)

Rodney K. Skogerboe Scholarship (2018 - 2020)

Roger A. Baldwin Graduate School Award, Oklahoma Section of the American Chemical Society (2016)

Created September 27, 2023, Updated April 17, 2024