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Our People

  • We are currently seeking a graduate student.

  • LMAPS always welcomes motivated undergraduate students and visiting scholars to join our team.


Golareh Jalilvand, PhD.

Assistant Professor

Principal Investigator

Dr. Jalilvand is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina and the Director of LMAPS. She is also a member of the Emerging Energy Program at USC.

Dr. Jalilvand's research focuses on the hierarchical structures of materials for next generation batteries and flexible and wearable energy storage devices.

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Postdoctoral Assistants

Avinash Raulo, PhD.

Avinash Raulo is a postdoctoral assistant in LMAPS at USC. His research is focused on advanced Li-S batteries chemistries and processing methods. Avinash received his Ph.D. from IIT Delhi in 2021. Prior joining LMAPS, he was a visiting scholar at the University of North Texas and a postdoctoral researcher at Chonnam National Univeristy, South Korea, where he worked on fibrous cathode materials for advanced Li-S batteries. 

Graduate Research Assistants


Saheed Lateef

PhD Student

Saheed Lateef is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, co-advised by Dr. Jalilvand. He received his M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from King Fahd Univeristy of Petroleum and Minerals in 2017. His research includes materials synthesis for LIB anodes and sulfur cathode processing for LSBs.

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Hunter McRay

PhD Student

Hunter McRay is a PhD student in LMAPS at USC. He graduated his B.Sc in chemical engineering from USC with Magna Cum Laude honors in December 2022. Hunter's research focuses on structural modifications of the future generation of separator materials for Li metal-based batteries.  


Kaushek Rahul I

PhD Student

Kaushek Rahul is a PhD student in LMAPS at USC. He graduated his B.Sc in chemical and electrochemical engineering from the CSIR - Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI) in 2023. Kaushek's research focuses on new electrolyte chemistries and cathode structures for Lithium-Sulfur batteries. 

Undergraduate Research Assistants

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Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy is an undergraduate student in chemistry with a minor in chemical engineering. Claire's research interests are in new chemistries for energy storage applications. 

Victoria Colon-LaBorde

Victoria Colon-LaBorde is an undergraduate student in chemical engineering. Victoria's research interests are in electrochemical systems for energy conversion and storage.

Kyra Burton

Kyra Burton is an undergraduate student in chemical engineering. Kyra's research interests are in green energy applications and sustainability.

Former Members

Marjanul Manjum

Postdoctoral Fellow

Fall 2022-Summer 2023

Post-LMAPS Career: Albemarle Corp.

Emily Fisher

Undergrdauate Assistant

Fall 2021-Summer 2022

Post-LMAPS Career: School of Pharmacy

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