Isvar A Cordova, Ph.D.

PhD Student

Isvar is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engieering at the Pratt School of Engineering. His research focuses on:

  • Optimizing metal oxide materials development for photoelectrochemical water-splitting photoanodes
  • Characterizing surface properties of nanodiamond and c-BN materials
  • Systematically characterizing materials’ ALD growth conditions for various nanostructure-based devices (currently supercapacitors and field emission structures)
  • Aiding in the design, construction, and operation of “home-built” hot-wall atomic layer deposition (ALD) reactor
Prior to this, he worked on synthesizing, optimizing and characterizing capacitive performance of carbon-based ternary composite materials, such as CNT/RGO, MnO2, and PEDOT polymer while in professor Jie Liu's lab at Duke University . In addition, he supported the engineering of a tube furnace system designed for Vapor-Liquid-Solid nanowire growth at professor Marvin Wu's lab at NCCU.
He has a BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (August 2008) and a BS in Physics (Magna Cum Laude, July 2011) from North Carolina Central University.
Positions of Responsibility
  • Chair of Research Triangle Electrochemical Society (January 2014 - Present)
  • Vice President of Duke Materials Research Society Chapter (February 2013 – Present) 
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Student Representative (June 2012 – May 2013) and Treasurer (May 2013 - Present)
  • Student Mentoring
    •  Undergraduate Students: Lucas Spangler (2011), Mauricio Villa (2012), and Isa Ferrall (May 2013 – July 2013, January 2014 - Present)
    • Graduate: Doreen Wong (October 2013 - Present)
  • Event Leader at North Carolina Science Olympiad (Spring 2013 & Spring 2014)
  • Duke SHPE Graduate Student Chairman (September 2011 – August 2012)

Research Interests

  • Solar fuel electrode materials development
  • Supercapacitor electrode materials development
  • Thin film growth via atomic layer deposition
  • Electrochemical performance testing and analysis
  • Nanomaterials characterization: SEM, XPS, XRD, and Ellipsometry

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Best Presentation Runner-Up at 2014 Duke ECE Graduate Workshop
  • Poster Award Nominee at 2013 Fall MRS Conference
  • Finalist in SHPE 2013 Graduate Student Technical Paper Competition
  • GPNANO Fellow (Spring 2013)
  • CREST NASA Scholarship (Spring 2010 - Spring 2011)