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Seminar by Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research

Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research


Dr. Jacek Jasinski

Research Engineer

Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research

University of Louisville

“Energy Materials: Discovery and Understanding of Structure-Property Relationships”


Friday, Nov 8, 2013

2:00 – 3:15 pm

Ernst 310

Abstract: Meeting the needs of continuously-growing global energy demand and at the same time addressing the challenges of human-caused climate change requires that new, high-efficiency, low-emission and low-cost energy conversion and storage systems are developed. This in big part depends on the development of novel, inexpensive, high-performance materials with the properties tailored for specific energy applications. Understanding the structure-property relationships is critical in the materials development process. This talk will focus on materials research capabilities and materials research development efforts at the Conn Center. Specifically, several examples of ongoing research projects will be used to illustrate how the structure-property relationships are uncovered and explored.


Bio: Dr. Jacek Jasinski, the Theme Leader for Materials Characterization at the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research received his M.S. in Solid State Physics and Ph.D. in Physics of Semiconductors from the University of Warsaw (Poland) in 1992 and 1997, respectively.  Before joining UofL in 2008, he worked as a junior faculty at the Institute of Experimental Physics at the University of Warsaw (1997-2000), a postgraduate researcher at the Materials Sciences Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2000-2004), and as a research scientist at the School of Engineering at the University of California, Merced (2004-2008). At his current position, he collaborates with a number of faculty, both UofL and external, as well as industrial partners on a number of materials development projects, in the fields of energy, catalysis, and nanomaterials. In his research, he applies electron microscopy in combination with other characterization techniques to study the relationships between the structure, chemistry, and physical properties and to reveal the mechanisms underlying physical properties and functionalities of technologically important materials. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed publications, co-authored a book chapter, and his research articles appeared on covers of journals such as physica status solidi or Chemical Communications. He serves as a reviewer for several journals and is a co-organizer of an annual KY Statewide Workshop on Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency.