Ahmet Kusoglu is a Scientist in the Energy Conversion Group at Berkeley Lab, working on functional polymers and interfaces for energy and environmental applications, and related (electro)chemical-mechanical phenomena. 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 and flow batteries. His research at Berkeley Lab involves modeling and experimental characterization of ion-containing polymers, thin films, and their interfaces in an effort to improve their stability and multi-functionalities in electrochemical devices (e.g., hydrogen fuel cells, water-splitting electrolyzers, and flow batteries). Dr. Kusoglu also works on the role of hydrogen technologies in the decarbonization efforts and clean energy landscape.
Dr. Kusoglu has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal publications and two book chapters on ionomers and polymer-electrolyte membranes. He has been invited to present his work on ion-conductive polymers at various forums 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 Thurst 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 and membrane design for energy applications, as well as structural investigations of soft matter through advanced X-ray techniques at the Advanced Light Source.