Ahmet Kusoglu is currently a research scientist in the Energy Conversion Group at Berkeley Lab, working on a fundamental understanding of polymeric materials for electrochemical devices and related electrochemical-mechanical phenomena for energy applications. Dr. Kusoglu holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering, the latter of which he received from University of Delaware, where he studied the mechanical characterization and durability of ionomer membranes and earned a graduate fellowship award. In 2010, he joined Berkeley Lab as a chemist post-doctoral fellow to study membrane transport and durability in fuel cells. His research at Berkeley Lab has focused on modeling and experimental characterization of ion-containing polymers, thin films and their interfaces in an effort to understand and improve their functionalities in various electrochemical energy devices (e.g., fuel cells, flow batteries and solar-fuel generators).
Dr. Kusoglu has published over 35 peer-reviewed journal publications (20 as first author) and a book chapter on fuel-cell membranes. He has been invited to present his work on durability and structure/property characterization of ionomers at various meetings, including the Electrochemical Society, American Chemical Society, Golden Gate Polymer Forum, and Gordon Research Conference. Dr. Kusoglu also taught Polymeric Materials course in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UC Berkeley. He is the recipient of 2016 Supramaniam Srinivasan Young Investigator Award of the Energy Technology Division of the Electrochemical Society. His current research involves characterization and modeling of degradation and failure mechanisms, transport phenomena, and structure/function/performance relationships in ion-conducting polymers, functional composites and thin films as well as structural investigations of soft matter through advanced X-ray techniques at the Advanced Light Source (ALS).