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Radenka Maric, Ph.D. - University of Connecticut. Storrs, CT, US

Radenka Maric, Ph.D. Radenka Maric, Ph.D.

Vice President for Research, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering | University of Connecticut


Maric researches novel materials for fuel cell & battery manufacturing, nanomaterials, sensors, hydrogen generation & biofuels.


Professor Maric’s research interests include the effect of structure, defects, and microstructure on transport and electrical properties of surfaces and interfaces. In particular, she is interested in developing novel materials for fuel cells, batteries and biosensors, durability study, any of the shortcomings of traditional vapor deposition techniques while yielding equal or better quality coatings at a lower cost. RSDT not only provides high quality active films/coatings (e.g., catalysts/electrodes/ thermal barriers coating), it also reduces the manpower, energy consumption and a number of processing steps required to assemble these films. More specifically, RSDT combines materials synthesis and deposition into a single step with several control features, replacing at least five unit operations in a conventional electrode manufacturing scheme. performance and life prognosis, aging, material state changes, and long term behavior. She developed the Reactive Spray Deposition Technology (RSDT), a thin-film deposition process that overcomes m.

Areas of Expertise (7)

Sustainable Energy Technologies

Nanomaterials Engineering


Sustainable Energy


Fuel Cells


Education (1)

University of Kyoto: Ph.D.







Radenka Maric, Ph.D. on the mission of IPB at the UConn Tech Park 2015 Research Innovation & Leadership, Radenka Maric


Media Appearances (6)

Maric leads UConn’s research, innovation and entrepreneurship

Hartford Business Journal  online


As an engineer, Radenka Maric has seen her work incorporated into cutting-edge car engines that tap into hydrogen fuel cells for power.

As a senior executive at the University of Connecticut, Maric has seen her work both in the institution’s burgeoning research portfolio and the proud faces of graduating undergraduate and graduate students.

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New Drug Delivery System Targets Diseases at a Genetic Level

Technology Networks  online


"There is no question that joining forces with industry partners to leverage our unique resources and expertise helps transform discoveries from an invention to an innovation that benefits society," says Radenka Maric, UConn's vice president for research. "We're committed to continuing to foster an entrepreneurial and industry-aware culture at the University to ensure UConn research has a positive impact on the health of Connecticut's citizens, as well as our economy."

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Researcher, Painter, Pianist, Seamstress: The Many Shades of Radenka Maric

Hartford Courant  print


To begin to describe Radenka Maric would already be to fail; if there is a single thread that runs through her life, it would be her belief that humans cannot be reduced to anything so singular. Maric is an administrator, engineer, painter, pianist, clothier and amateur chef. She was born in the former Yugoslavia, educated in Japan and is now based in Storrs, where she arrived in 2010 as a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. Last summer Maric, 51, was appointed as UConn’s vice president for academic research, charged with UConn's $260 million in research enterprise funds.

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In budget talks, professors’ workloads become an issue

CT Post  


Tom Ebaugh, working toward a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, says Radenka Maric is the reason he’s doing it at the University of Connecticut. “I wouldn’t be here if she wasn’t,” said Ebaugh, 24, wearing plastic gloves and protective glasses at a fuel cell energy laboratory, part of UConn’s Center for Clean Energy Engineering. Originally from Pennsylvania, he is among a handful of graduate students working under Maric, who is not only a professor in sustainable energy, but as of July, vice president of academic research at Connecticut’s flagship university.

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New Florescent Dyes Could Help Doctors Image and Diagnose Diseases



The research team’s next steps will take this innovative design and run with it — hopefully making the method and VSD commercially available. As stated by Radenka Maric, UConn’s vice president for research, “Dr. Loew’s experience is a prime example of how the NSF I-Corp program can transform high-potential academic discoveries into viable products and services … Accelerate UConn helps our preeminent faculty move their ideas beyond the lab so they can join the ranks of other successful entrepreneurs and industry leaders, and have an impact in our communities and on the economy.”

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Synthesizing pure graphene, a miracle material

Printed Electronics World  online


"Dr. Adamson's work speaks not only to the preeminence of UConn's faculty, but also to the potential real-world applications of their research," says Radenka Maric, vice president for research at UConn and UConn Health. "The University is committed to programs like SPARK that enable faculty to think about the broader impact of their work and create products or services that will benefit society and the state's economy."

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Articles (2)

Pathways to ultra-low platinum group metal catalyst loading in proton exchange membrane electrolyzers Catalysis Today

Radenka Maric, et al.


Hydrogen is one of the world's most important chemicals, with global production of about 50 billion kg/year. Currently, hydrogen is mainly produced from fossil fuels such as natural gas and coal, producing CO2. Water electrolysis is a promising technology for fossil-free, CO2-free hydrogen production...

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A Study on Reactive Spray Deposition Technology Processing Parameters in the Context of Pt Nanoparticle Formation Journal of Thermal Spray Technology

Justin M. Roller and Radenka Maric


Catalytic materials are complex systems in which achieving the desired properties (i.e., activity, selectivity and stability) depends on exploiting the many degrees of freedom in surface and bulk composition, geometry, and defects. Flame aerosol synthesis is a process for producing nanoparticles with ample processing parameter space to tune the desired properties. Flame dynamics inside the reactor are determined by the input process variables such as solubility of precursor in the fuel; solvent boiling point; reactant flow rate and concentration; flow rates of air, fuel and the carrier gas; and the burner geometry...

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