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Professor of Chemistry, received his B.S. in 1997 from Pennsylvania State University, where he worked in the group of Prof. Ayusman Sen on palladium-catalyzed co- and terpolymerizations. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003 under the guidance of Prof. T. Don Tilley, primarily focused on the development of new catalytic C–H bond functionalizations. Following postdoctoral work at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) with Antonio Togni investigating catalytic asymmetric hydroamination and hydrophosphination, Aaron joined the chemistry faculty at Iowa State University in 2005. He was promoted to associate professor in 2011, and to professor in 2016.
He is a staff scientist and facility director at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Molecular Foundry leading research in thermoelectrics and hydrogen storage. His research focuses on the materials and physics of mass, heat, and charge transport in complex hybrid nanomaterials. His expertise is developing new materials and measurement tools for solid-state energy storage and conversion applications; investigating transport at the organic-inorganic interface; and identifying energy efficient desalination methods.
Areas of expertise: energy storage, hydrogen storage, thermoelectrics, new materials for desalination and water remediation, 2D materials, nanotechnology
Mr. Dagle’s research interests lie in the area of heterogeneous catalysis and chemical process development. Currently, Mr. Dagle manages projects for the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (DOE-BETO) in the area of thermochemical conversions. Research experience with multiple catalytic process applications include: steam reforming of hydrocarbons and bio-derived oxygenates for H2 production, conversion of bio-derived light oxygenates (e.g., ethanol, acetic acid) to fuels and chemicals, catalytic combustion, water-gas-shift catalysis, reactive distillation, syngas conversion technologies (e.g., synthesis of alcohols, transportation fuels, synthetic natural gas, and hydrogen), and chemical synthesis (e.g., acetic acid, olefins, alcohols). Mr. Dagle also has development experience with integrating engineered catalysts within novel reactor architectures for process intensification purpose (e.g., meso- and micro-channel technology). His work has benefited clientele in both the government and private industry arena and has resulted in numerous journal articles, book chapters, and presentations. Responsibilities include keeping current with associated R&D technology areas, developing and writing proposals, leading projects, and mentoring of junior staff and students. Mr. Dagle has authored > 30 peer reviewed publications, 6 book chapters, 10 issued U.S. patents, and 1 R&D 100 award (2014).