Speaker: Dr. Michael Hickner, Professor, Penn State Departments of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Chemistry
Title: Polymeric Membranes for Large-Scale Energy Storage and Conversion
Time: Friday, December 11th, 4 pm EST
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Speaker Biography: Mike Hickner was raised in the UP of Michigan and is a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the Department of Chemical Engineering, and the Department of Chemistry at The Pennsylvania State University. He holds an appointment as the Associate Director of the Materials Research Institute, an organization composed of 200 faculty members to promote materials research on campus through central facilities, large centers, and innovative interdisciplinary research. He is the Co-Director of Polymeric Materials and Composites at CIMP-3D – the Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition, an American Makes project partner. Before joining Penn State in 2007, he was a staff member at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. He earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech and received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Tech. His research group at Penn State is focused on the synthesis and properties of ion-containing polymers, measurement of water-polymer interactions using spectroscopic techniques, additive manufacturing of polymer and composite materials, and the application of polymeric materials in energy and water treatment technologies. He has current projects with the Department of Energy on fuel cells and flow batteries and regularly works on federally-funded research at the intersection of materials and energy. Hickner’s work has been recognized by Young Investigator Awards from ONR and ARO, a 3M Non-tenured Faculty Grant, the Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award, and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, or PECASE, the highest federal award for early-career researchers. He is an associate editor of the American Chemical Society Journal, ACS Applied Energy Materials and is a member of the Electrochemical Society Journals Editorial Advisory Committee. He has co-authored 12 patents and over 200 publications that have been cited more than 21,000 times.