Top downloaded article in the journal Small

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Research led by Professor Richard Kaner and graduate student Yuto Katsuyama, published in Small, was among the journal’s top downloaded papers during its first 12 months of publication.

Small is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal focused on the science and engineering of small-scale structures and materials, covering nanotechnology, microtechnology, and miniaturization.

According to the publishers, their paper titled “A 3D-Printed, Freestanding Carbon Lattice for Sodium Ion Batteries”, is among the top 10% most downloaded papers published in the journal between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022, and is “a testament to the recognition and celebration of your work within the community.”  In recognition of his group’s work, the publisher awarded Kaner with a certificate of achievement.

Kaner’s co-authors on the paper include first-author materials chemistry graduate student Yuto Katsuyama and researchers from Tohoku University, Japan: Akira Kudo, Hiroaki Kobayashi, Jiuhui Han, Mingwei Chen, and Itaru Honma.

A UCLA distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and of materials science and engineering, Kaner (pictured above left) holds the Dr. Myung Ki Hong Endowed Chair in Materials Innovation. He is co-founder of Nanotech Energy, a company that is working to move the Kaner group’s cutting-edge research on graphene-based energy storage devices from the laboratory to the marketplace. In 2019, Kaner received the American Institute of Chemists (AIC) Chemical Pioneer Award.

In addition to being a graduate student, first-author Yuto Katsuyama (pictured above right) is co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Satoyama Engineering, a start-up company originating from Tohoku University in Japan.  In 2023, he was selected to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list – Class of 2023 in the Health Care & Science category.  In 2022, Katsuyama was named one of MIT Technology Review’s list of Innovators Under 35 (IU35) Japan, for his development of a “next-generation battery” that does not use rare materials.

Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,