Celest Uche Okoli
PhD Candidate in Materials Science & Engineering
'Doped carbon nanotube as electrode material for energy conversion and storage systems'
Synopsis: Electrode materials are very critical for energy conversion and storage in renewable energy, transportation, electrical grids and water treatment application. Most current electrodes materials have high costs, and performance issues. Platinum based material has been the dominant electrode material used in most electrochemical applications, but they have several drawbacks such as limited supply, high cost, and stability issues; which limit their energy conversion efficiency. The developments of carbon based electrode materials with controllable nanoscale pore size have yielded impressive results. Materials synthesized with Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are now used in electrical energy conversion and storage systems (fuel cells, batteries), and water treatment applications.
Biography: Celest Uche Okoli received his BS and M.Egr degrees in Chemical Engineering from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. He returned to Nigeria and worked for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation as a process/project engineer at the Kaduna Refinery & Gas Plant and as a field engineer. During those years, he became exposed to the huge environmental and political issues in the oil sector. In January 2000, he moved to New York with his family and worked for the NYC Department of Environmental Protection for 12 years as an emergency response materials engineer. Since enrolling at SBU in 2010, Okoli has been associated with BNL - first as a GEM Fellow at the Light Source (II) project and now as a Turner & AGEP-T Fellow with the Electrochemistry and the Sustainable Energy Technology groups.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 1:00 PM