Ahmet Kusoglu is currently a 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 and environmental 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 and flow batteries. 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, water-splitting devices, and flow batteries).
Dr. Kusoglu has published over 50 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.
His current research involves characterization and modeling of degradation and failure mechanisms, transport phenomena, and structure-function-performance relationships in ionic polymers, functional composites and thin films as well as structural investigations of adaptive soft matter through advanced X-ray techniques at the Advanced Light Source (ALS).