Ahmet Kusoglu is a Scientist in the Energy Conversion Group at Berkeley Lab, working on polymeric and functional materials for hydrogen and clean energy applications. His research focuses on the characterization of ion-conductive polymers and solid-electrolyte interfaces for energy conversion and storage devices and understanding related electrochemical-mechanical phenomena. Dr. Kusoglu holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering, the latter of which he received from the University of Delaware, where he studied the characterization and durability of ionomer membranes and earned a graduate fellowship award. He then joined Berkeley Lab as a chemist post-doctoral fellow to investigate ionomers for fuel cells and flow batteries. His group's research at Berkeley Lab involves modeling and experimental characterization of ion-containing polymers, thin films, and interfaces to improve their stability and functionalities in electrochemical devices and to develop next-generation materials for clean energy technologies (e.g., fuel cells, water-splitting electrolyzers, flow batteries, and carbon-capture devices).
Dr. Kusoglu has published over 75 peer-reviewed journal publications and 2 book chapters on polymer-electrolyte membranes. He has been invited to present his work at various industry forums, universities, and international meetings, including the Electrochemical Society, American Chemical Society, Golden Gate Polymer Forum, and Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Dr. Kusoglu also taught Polymeric Materials course in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UC Berkeley.
He is the recipient of 2016 S.Srinivasan Young Investigator Award of the Energy Technology Division of the Electrochemical Society and 2017-2018 ECS Toyota Fellowship. He has been part of multiple DOE-funded consortia (FC-PAD, M2FCT, HydroGEN, H2NEW), served as the Thrust Coordinator in Fuel Cell Performance and Durability Consortium; (FC-PAD), and currently serves as the Communications Director of the DOE-funded Million Mile Fuel Cell Truck Consortium (M2FCT).
His current research theme is structure-function relationships and mechanochemistry in solid-polymer electrolytes and interfaces, data-driven ionomer design for energy applications, as well as structural investigations of soft matter through advanced X-ray techniques at the Advanced Light Source (ALS). His interests include the role of hydrogen in the clean energy landscape, the decarbonization of heavy-duty transportation, and the science of data literacy and visualization.
Spot: Ahmet Kusoglu - July 06th 2018
For his masterful work in designing and establishing the Energy Conversion Group website and associated direction.
Electrochemical Society's Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship 2017-2018 - June 26th 2017
Ahmet Kusoglu, from ETA's Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division, has received the Electrochemical Society's Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship for 2017-2018, which recognizes outstanding young researchers in the field of energy technology that may promote the development of next-generation vehicles capable of utilizing alternative fuels. He will receive $50,000 to conduct the research outlined in his proposal within in one year.
Spot: Ahmet Kusoglu - May 04th 2017
For his dedication and effort in publishing a seminal review on PFSA membranes.
Supramaniam Srinivasan Young Investigator Award - October 31st 2016
Ahmet Kusoglu, of ETA's Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division, has received the Supramaniam Srinivasan Young Investigator Award of The Electrochemical Society recognizing outstanding young researchers in the field of energy technology. Kusoglu will receive his award at the 2017 Spring ECS meeting.
Best Poster Paper Award at the 2012 Fuel Cell Science and Technology Grove Conference, Berlin - April 17th 2012
Ahmet Kusoglu, Anthony Kwong, Kyle Clark, Haluna Gunterman and Adam Z. Weber received the Best Poster award at the 2012 Fuel Cell Science and Technology Grove Conference, Berlin for a poster titles "Water Uptake in Fuel‐Cell Catalyst Layers."