MIT Unit Affiliation:
Lab Affiliation(s):
Brushett Research Group
Post Doc Sponsor / Advisor:
Fikile Brushett
Areas of Expertise:
  • Electrochemical Energy Storage
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Polymer Science
Date PhD Completed:
May, 2014
Expected End Date of Post Doctoral Position:
August 30, 2018

Sujat Sen

  • Post Doctoral

MIT Unit Affiliation: 

  • Chemical Engineering

Lab Affiliation(s): 

Brushett Research Group

Post Doc Sponsor / Advisor: 

Fikile Brushett

Date PhD Completed: 

May, 2014

Top 3 Areas of Expertise: 

Electrochemical Energy Storage
Polymer Science

Expected End Date of Post Doctoral Position: 

August 30, 2018


Research Projects: 

Postdoc Project (MIT): Microfluidic system for CO2 conversion to value added chemicals

  • Design and development of microfluidic reactors for liquid-phase and gas-phase reduction of CO2 in continuous operation mode
  • Pulse plating methods for the development of novel nanostructures on gas-diffusion electrodes

Postdoc Project (Argonne National Lab): Interfacial & Rheology control of colloidal suspensions in semi-solid flow batteries for EVs

  • Developed novel coatings for nano-sized battery materials (Fe2O3, Ni(OH)2, NMC, LTO, TiO2) to achieve high concentration and low viscosity colloidal suspensions for use in a flow battery
  • Demonstrated reversible electrochemistry of iron oxide suspensions and studied intercalation behavior via in-situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) studies at the Advanced Photon Source (APS)

Thesis Title: 

Electrochemical Applications of COnductive Polymers and Nanostructured Metals

Thesis Abstract: 

  • Developed & patented three dimensional nano-structured copper and tin foam electrodes with novel electrocatalytic behavior for CO2 reduction
  • Synthesized functional derivatives of pyrrole and aniline for all-polymer thin-film batteries and studied the in-situ stress evolution during electrochemical cycling due to ion intercalation
  • Designed and built a electrochemical cell and associated test rig for monitoring stress/strain evolution in polymer thin films using optical sensors (Multi-beam optical stress sensor –MOSS)

Top 5 Awards and honors (name of award, date received): 

Felix Scholarship, University of Reading, UK covering all tuition and living costs (£30,000) , 2007
ECS Edward. G. Weston Fellowship, ($5000), The Electrochemical Society, NJ, USA , 2012
ECS Electrodeposition Division Travel Grant, ($750, 221st meeting, Seattle, WA), 2012
Summer Institute on Sustainability & Energy (SISE), 1st, Business plan competition, UIC, Chicago, 2015

5 Recent Papers: 

S. Sen, B. Skinn, R. Radhakrishnan, McLain Leonard and F. R. Brushett, “Investigation of Pulse-Reverse Electrodeposited Copper Electrocatalysts for Carbon Dioxide Reduction to Ethylene”, 2017,  ECS Transactions, 77 (11), 933-946.


S. Sen, E. Moazzen, C.M. Chow, J. Katsoudas, D. Singh, E. Timofeeva and C .Segre, Electroactive Nanofluids with High Solid Loading and Low Viscosity for Rechargeable Redox Flow Batteries” Journal of Applied Electrochemistry, 2017, 47, 5, 593-605.

S. Sen, B. Skinn, T. Hall, M. Inman, E. J. Taylor and F. R. Brushett, “Pulsed Electrodeposition of Tin Electrocatalysts onto Gas Diffusion Layers for Carbon Dioxide Reduction to Formate”, MRS Advances, 2017, 2, 8, 451-458.

S. Sen and G. T. R. Palmore, "Stimuli-responsive macromolecular composites: enhanced stress modulation in polypyrrole with redox-active dopants", Macromolecules, 2016, 49 (22), pp 8479–8488.

S. Sen, D. Liu, G. T. R. Palmore, “Electrochemical reduction of CO2 at copper nanofoams”, ACS Catalysis, 2014, 4 (16), pp 3091-3095.

Contact Information:
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