He received his BS in chemical engineering at Michigan State University (2001) while also working as a research assistant in the Composite Materials and Structures Center under the supervision of Dr. Lawrence T. Drzal. He completed his MS (2003) and PhD (2006) in chemical engineering at Stanford University under the direction of Prof. Stacey F. Bent in collaborative research project with IBM T. J. Watson Research Center’s Drs. Nicholas C. Fuller and Stephen M. Gates studying the interactions between ashing plasmas and low-k dielectric thin films. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2006-2008) before his current position as a Staff Scientist in the Advanced Materials Synthesis group. Currently, his research focuses on nanostructured and porous materials (e.g. aerogels and functional nanocomposites) for a wide range of applications, such as energy storage, sensing, and catalysis. This includes both the development of materials with novel properties and the development of feedstock materials for various additive manufacturing (a.k.a. 3D printing) techniques.
He received his doctorate in physics in 1996 from the University of British Columbia, Canada. In 1998, he became a staff scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), in 2007, became the group leader of the Nanoscale Materials Science and Technology Group, and, in 2015, he became the deputy division leader for science and technology of the Materials Science Division. His research interests include advanced and functional materials, including materials for energy conversion and storage, the micro- meso- and nanoscale structure of engineered materials (e.g. assembled nano-materials, nanoporous materials and membranes, biomimetic and bio-inspired nanomaterials), and development of in-situ and operando materials characterization techniques for advanced manufacturing processes, including ultrafast X-ray diagnostics for the characterization of materials under extreme conditions. He has authored and coauthored more than 125 technical articles and is on the advisory board of numerous U.S. Department of Energy user facilities. He is the chair of the LLNL materials laboratory directed research and development portfolio.
His research spans computational and experimental materials science across fields, including solar energy, energy storage, and energy conversion. Much work has focused on the electronic, optical, and optoelectronic properties of semiconductors and nanostructures, emphasizing the relationships among defects, electronic structure, surface/interface effects, and device performance with a theme of enabling materials by design. He employs advanced predictive materials modeling methods in conjunction with advanced synthesis and characterization techniques. At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), he leads a team of about a dozen computational materials scientists as the deputy group leader of the Quantum Simulations Group and oversees collaborations with experimental groups both internal and external to LLNL. He was a LLNL fellow and Scowcroft National Security fellow at LLNL, and a Hertz Fellow at Stanford where he received his doctorate. He was recently elected a young leader of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS).
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