Sunny Holmberg


  • Ph.D., Materials and Manufacturing Technologies, University of California, Irvine (UCI) , expected Graduation: 2017.
  • M.S, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,University of California, Irvine (UCI), GPA:3.882, September 2012.
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), June 2010.


  • PhD Research – UCI BioMEMS Lab                                                                                              Research and development of fabrication processes for carbon electrodes for energy harvesting and storing technologies:
  • Enzymatic Biofuel Cell
    • Developing an enzymatic fuel cell for wastewater remediation and energy regeneration
    • Developing C-MEMS process for creating porous flow-through fuel cell system
  • Electrospinning
    • Developing process for controlling porosity of electrospun polymer mats
    • Developing process to automate and better control Electromechanical spinning process for nanowriting polymer patterns
  • Dye-sensitized solar battery
    • developing a means of capturing and storing solar energy chemically
  • Clean room training
    • spin coating, mask aligner, wet bench (i.e. etching)
  • Masters Research – UCI BioMEMS Lab                                                                                          Research into implantable biofuel cell devices:                                                                Glucose Oxidase Biofuel Cell                                                                                                Developed a novel immobilization technique for carbon electrodes for an enzymatic biofuel cell with a glucose oxidase anode and laccase cathode for implantable devices.
  • NATCAR Research member – UCLA, Los Angeles, CA                                                             UCLA NATcar team member, Researched, developed and simulated a non-linear control system for controlling the NATcar (an autonomous miniature vehicle that follows an electric wire, which radiates a signal at a certain frequency)


  • Bisht, Gobind S., et al. “Diffusion-free mediator based miniature biofuel cell anode fabricated on a carbon-MEMS electrode.”Langmuir 39 (2012): 14055-14064.
  • Holmberg, Sunshine, et al. “3-D micro and nano technologies for improvements in electrochemical power devices.”Micromachines 2 (2014): 171-203.
  • Holmberg, Sunshine, et al. “Bioelectrochemical Study of Thermostable Pycnoporus sanguineus CS43 Laccase Bioelectrodes Based on Pyrolytic Carbon Nanofibers for Bioelectrocatalytic O2 Reduction.”ACS Catalysis12 (2015): 7507-7518.


  • ICOMM 2016 conference proceedings – submitted manuscript – publication pending
  • SPIE 2016 Optics, Photonics and Nanoscience Engineering – Submitted 2 manuscripts
  • ECS 2016 229th Meeting – attended


Broadcom intern – Irvine, CA                                                                                                           Test engineer for Broadcom Bluetooth devices:

  • Developed software to test the robustness of bluetooth devices
  • Developed software for reading bluetooth device information and diagnosing bluetooth device errors

Physical Optics Corporation (POC) intern – Torrance, CA                                                                    6/10 – 6/11 Prototype development for SBIR projects:

  • Developed LabVIEW software to control galvanometer mirrors for multiple LIDAR systems
  • Developed software with LabVIEW to control and characterize miniature piezo-electric motors
  • Conducted, modified, and improved a process for making photovoltaic cells for electrolysis of water for hydrogen fuel generation


Software: COMSOL, SolidWorks, LabVIEW, MATLAB, PSPICE, Taurus Supreme, Orcad, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, C++, Perl, Gamry Framework Scripts