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Postdoc Spotlight: Meet Omar Movil of the Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research

From staff reports | Sep 11, 2014
Postdoctoral fellow Omar Movil works at the Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research.
Postdoctoral fellow Omar Movil works at the Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research. Photo: Rebecca Miller, Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

In honor of National Postdoc Appreciation Week Sept. 15-19, the Office of Research Communications is spotlighting Ohio University postdoctoral fellows across campus.

Omar Movil, a native of Colombia, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research (CEER) in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology. He earned a doctoral degree in chemical engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, before joining Ohio University. He works with John Staser, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering.

Movil recently participated in a Q&A for the Office of Research Communications.

Please tell us about your research, scholarship or creative work.

Dr. Staser has given me the opportunity to work on several projects at CEER. One of our research projects is based on the development of new Polymer Electrolyte Nanocomposites for applications in fuel cells using functionalized graphene oxide as filler. Simultaneously, I have been synthesizing different tri-metallic electrocatalyst nanomaterials (nanoparticles) for applications in glycerol fuel cells. In addition, we are also using the concept of "industrial waste valorization." The idea is to obtain chemicals with high commercial value through the electrochemical oxidation of lignin, a waste product of pulp and paper industry.

How long have you been a postdoctoral fellow, and what are your primary responsibilities in your lab, program or team?

I have been working at CEER for seven months. My primary responsibilities are designing and developing experiments, data analysis, writing papers and proposals, as well as mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

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Movil with the Transmission Electron Microscope at the CEER facility. Photo: Rebecca Miller, Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

How does your postdoc position benefit you and how will it help you in your career?


The postdoc position has given me the opportunity to strengthen my leadership through mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. But, above all, it has allowed me to expand my knowledge in the electrochemical engineering field. I am confident that my postdoctoral experience can help me to be more competitive on the academic job market since I am planning to apply for tenure track positions in the United States afterwards.

How do university research programs benefit from postdocs?

First of all, the reputation of Ohio University can increase with our publications and patents. Secondly, foreign postdocs can also contribute to create a more diverse environment at Ohio University.

Watch a video about the Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research.

Read our 2013 National Postdoc Appreciation Week article.