Ahmet Kusoglu

Ahmet Kusoglu

Chemist Staff Scientist/Engineer
(510) 486-4177


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 exploration of related electro-chemical-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 ionomer membranes 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 in an effort to improve their stability and functionalities in electrochemical devices (e.g., fuel cells, water-splitting electrolyzers, flow batteries, and carbon-capture devices).

Dr. Kusoglu has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal publications and two 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 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 focuses on mechanochemistry and structure-function relationships 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. His interests include the role of hydrogen in the clean energy landscape, decarbonization of heavy-duty transportation, and the science of data visualization. 

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Mechanical Engineering, PhD University of Delaware, 2005-2010