December 14, 2016
Assistant Professor Ian D. Hosein has been awarded a Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) Grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund. The DNI grant program promotes the careers of young faculty by supporting research of high scientific caliber, and enhances the career opportunities of their undergraduate and graduate students through research experience. It is awarded to just 75 assistant professors across the United States each year.
Hosein’s research explores novel ways to harness light to make materials used in solar-energy and heat conversion, electrochemical energy storage, chemical separation, and smart coatings. His research group’s work spans the spectrum from fundamental formation mechanisms in matter, to materials fabrication, to application-driven research and development. The DNI grant will support Hosein’s research to control the synthesis of multicomponent polymeric materials using white light for two years. The work will explore processing conditions that produce novel composite structures and advanced material properties critical for use in lithium-ion batteries, thermo-electrics, and oil-water separation.
“Multicomponent polymeric materials are found in technologies all around us, and their properties are intimately tied to their structure. Scalably and precisely controlling how each polymer component organizes during manufacturing has remained a significant challenge, but it is crucial to improving their performance,” says Hosein. “Our group has a new way to use common light sources, such as lamps or LEDs, to stimulate and control the movement of different components during processing. Our aim now is to closely study how this phenomenon works, in order gain a general understanding that will apply to a wide range of composite materials. This grant enables us to forge ahead in this exciting direction.”
About Ian D. Hosein
Hosein is an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University. He completed his graduate studies at Cornell University in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He was awarded a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada fellowship in support of his graduate studies. After his doctoral work, Ian completed post-doctoral positions at the University of Waterloo and McMaster University.
His research aims to provide materials-based solutions that address critical challenges in clean energy production and storage, environmental remediation and clean up, and sustainability. The present focus is on creating new materials from both organic and inorganic systems, with an emphasis on directed self-organization, bio-inspired structures, and enhancing material properties.
Hosein is also editor-in-chief for the journal Canadian Chemical Transactions, and an editor for the open-access journal Scientific Reports.