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Professor Ian D. Hosein, Biomedical & Chemical Engineering, Syracuse University

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Monday, December 9, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

The generation and storage of clean, reliable energy that meets ever increasing global demand represents a grand challenge that must be met through scientific and technological innovation, particularly in the fields of materials chemistry and materials engineering. In this talk, I will present our group’s work on leveraging new synthesis approaches and novel chemistries to create materials with advanced structure-property relationships for effective conversion and storage of electrical energy. Towards energy generation, we have developed a new synthetic approach to organize transparent polymer blends into ordered arrays of light-guiding structures for wide-angle solar energy capture. Through understanding of the underlying processing-structure dependencies, novel light-collecting materials are created and employed as encapsulant structures in commercial silicon solar cells, thereby increasing their angle-resolved daily and yearly efficiency and energy output. Towards energy storage, we have made critical advances in the development of Calcium-ion batteries, a potential post-lithium era electrochemical energy storage system. Calcium metal is demonstrated as a promising high-capacity anode material, new polymer electrolytes are synthesized and explored for ion transport and separator function, and novel cathode chemistries are developed for stable storage of calcium ions. These two directions highlight the important role played by the materials science of soft and inorganic systems to help improve the way future technologies meet global energy needs.


Dr. Ian Hosein is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, and graduate studies at Cornell University in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Hosein then completed post-doctoral positions at the University of Waterloo and McMaster University, Canada. At Syracuse University, Dr. Hosein leads a group of graduate, undergraduate, and high school students to create materials-based solutions to address global issues on energy, the environment, and sustainability. Dr. Hosein is a winner of the ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Grant, the National Science Foundation Early CAREER award, and the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award.


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