University of California, Riverside

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Design and Synthesis of In organic and Biologixal Materials for Renewable Energy Technologies

Design and Synthesis of In organic and Biologixal Materials for Renewable Energy....

Design and Synthesis of In organic and Biologixal Materials for Renewable Energy Technologies

December 1, 2014 - 11:00 am
Winston Chung Hall, 205/206


Nanoscale materials are of great interest for energy conversion technologies due to the size dependence of various quantum particle transport phenomena. The rational design and bottom-up synthesis of nanoscale materials can be used, therefore, to construct materials with appropriate length scales, physical and chemical attributes to optimize their performance in energy conversion. Our research focuses on two thrusts in this area. First, the chemical synthesis of inorganic Group IV nanocrystals and nanowires represents a powerful tool to construct ideal heterostructures for thermoelectric energy conversion. Second, biogenic and self-assembly methods can be used to synthesize biomimetic conductive materials as scaffolds for electrocatalytic enzymatic fuel cells and biofuel synthesis. The design principles and synthetic routes for constructing ideal materials for energy conversion in these contexts will be discussed. 


Allon Hochbaum is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and the Department of Chemistry at UC Irvine. His lab aims to address challenges in energy and human health through the design and synthesis of nanoscale inorganic, biological, and hybrid materials. Prof. Hochbaum received a S.B. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Chemistry at UC Berkeley studying electrical and thermal transport phenomena in semiconductor nanowires. He was a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology at Harvard University where he studied bacterial community dynamics at interfaces. Prof. Hochbaum is an ACS (Division of Inorganic Chemistry) and AFOSR Young Investigator, and has received the Samueli Faculty Career Development Professorship, and a 3M Non-Tenured Faculty award.




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