November 23, 2020
Francielli Silva Genier, Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Ian Hossein
Hometown: Vitoria, Brazil
As a Ph.D. student in Dr. Hosein’s group, Francielli (Fran) Silva Genier is developing new materials for the next-generation batteries. She has designed new solid-state and gel polymers for lithium-, calcium- and sodium-ion batteries intended to replace the currently used liquid electrolytes. In her research, she is studying and refining the properties of these new materials to enhance the energy storage capacity of batteries and reduce their impact on the environment.
An awardee of a prestigious Brazilian government scholarship, Genier initially came to Syracuse University as an undergraduate study-abroad student. Here, she became interested in Dr. Hossein’s research and worked in his lab. This experience made her confident she wanted to continue working with him as PhD student—she was passionate about the research topic and felt she had a strong professional relationship with her advisor. “You should be happy not only at the end of your Ph.D. Be happy during your Ph.D,” said Genier.
In her third year, she has gained a lot of experience designing and carrying out experiments, augmented her work with computer simulations, published her third paper and is already working on her fourth one. In her free time, she practices singing and playing the guitar, ukulele, and piano. She also often performs on Sunday mornings at the Hendriks Chapel church.