Presenter: De-en Jiang, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Riverside
Topic: Understanding and Designing Materials for Energy and the Environment
Time: 3: 30 PM, November 8th (Friday)
Function is key to development of new materials and chemistry for energy and the environment. To design a material for a specific function, one needs to account for interaction, energetics, and dynamics to simulate the process. Modern computational software and hardware now allow us to design materials, predict structures, and simulate function for some well-defined systems, indicating the great potential of materials design for complex systems in the near future for a sustainable society. In this talk, I will discuss our recent efforts in: (i) understanding nanocatalysts for water splitting, CO2 reduction, and alkane conversion; (ii) designing and simulating ultrathin membranes for energy-efficient separations; (iii) controlling surfaces and interfaces for energy storage. In each of the studies, one will see a close interplay between computation and experiment, demonstrating that computation is now a valuable tool to drive advances in materials research.
De-en Jiang is a tenured associate professor in Department of Chemistry, University of California, Riverside (UCR); he is also a cooperating faculty member in Materials Science & Engineering Program and Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering at UCR. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Peking University and his Ph.D. degree from UCLA, all in chemistry. He joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory first as a postdoctoral research associate and then became a research staff member. He moved to University of California, Riverside in July 2014. His research focuses on applying state-of-the-art computational methods to important chemical systems and energy-relevant problems. He has authored and co-authored over 260 peer-reviewed publications in Science, Nature Materials, Nature Communications, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Nano Letters, ACS Nano, Accounts of Chemical Research, Angewandte Chemie, etc., which have been cited together for over 14,500 times (from Google Scholar; H-index: 67). In 2009, he won the US Department of Energy Early Career Award; in 2010, he won the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers; in 2012, he was named a Kavli Fellow by National Academy of Sciences.
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