About Us

Principal Investigator:

Aliaksei ‘Alex’ Boika

E-mail: aboika “at” uakron.edu   Phone: (330) 972 – 6183   Office: KNCL 108

Ph.D. 2010, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

Specialist Diploma (Honors) 2003, Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus

Before joining the University of Akron, Alex was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Allen J. Bard at the University of Texas at Austin (2011-2014). In Saskatchewan Alex worked under the supervision of Andrzej S. Baranski.


Graduate Students:

Ariana Frkonja-Kuczin

E-mail: akf30 “at” zips.uakron.edu    Office: KNCL 106

B.Sc. 2014, The University of Mount Union

Ariana is working on developing novel electroanalytical detection methods utilizing ac polarized electrodes. Outside the lab, she enjoys reading and playing with her cats.


Zhiling ‘Linda’ Zhao

E-mail: zz31 “at” zips.uakron.edu    Office: KNCL 106

B.Sc. 2013, Tianjin University, China

Linda is developing a novel technique called Hot-tip Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (HT-SECM). She also loves physics and computer science.

In her free time, Zhiling likes to run, listen to music, and watch TV.


Syed Rafiquddin

E-mail: sr176 “at” zips.uakron.edu    Office: KNCL 106

B.Sc. in Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, 2015, and M.Sc. in Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, 2016. Both from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Syed is developing methods of detection of Hg-species using hot microelectrodes. Outside the lab, he likes listening to music, singing, watching movies and TV series, playing sports (soccer) and playing games.


Undergraduate Students:

Devon Anderson

Ethan Rang


High School Students:

None at the moment.


Former Group Members and Alumni:

Allison Hohenshil – high school student (2017 – 2018)

Jason Bonezzi – undergraduate (2015 – 2017) and graduate (2018) student

Tulashi Luitel – postdoctoral fellow (2016 – 2017)