Incoming EE MS/PhD Student Peter Ballentine Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

May 23, 2022

Incoming EE MS/PhD candidate Peter Ballentine has received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, which supports full-time research-based graduate students in STEM fields who have demonstrated potential for significant research advancements.

He received this fellowship for his undergraduate research utilizing aerosol jet printing to fabricate direct-write and template-free three-dimensional graphene structures. This process and the resulting structures have great potential for electrochemical applications such as sensors, providing a simple method to increase surface area of an electrode without increasing its horizontal footprint.

This fall, Ballentine will join the Columbia Lab for Unconventional Electronics under the guidance of Prof. John Kymissis. Previous, he received dual degrees in Materials Science and Chemistry from Duke University in the United States and Duke Kunshan University in China, splitting his time between the two campuses. During this time, he worked extensively in the Franklin Lab at Duke University, headed by Dr. Aaron Franklin. The work he has done in the Franklin Lab has been published in ACS Nano and IEEE Sensors.

“I am elated to receive this award and am deeply grateful for the guidance Prof. Aaron Franklin provided over my undergraduate degree. His mentorship was essential to my growth as a researcher, and I am immensely excited to start this new chapter of my life working towards a PhD at Columbia with Prof. Kymissis as a NSF Graduate Research Fellow,” Ballentine said.