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AGEP-T FRAME Fellow: Celest Okoli


 Celest Okoli

Graduate Student, Stony Brook University

Material Science & Engineering

Specialty: Energy Technology & Materials

AGEP-T FRAME Research Mentor: Dr. Devinder Mahajan, SBU; Dr. Radko Adzic, BNL 

Email: Celest.Okoli@stonybrook.edu


Celest Uche Okoli is a PhD candidate in the Material Science & Engineering Department. Celest was born at Owerri, Nigeria. He attended St. Augustine Secondary & High School where he graduated with distinction at 16yrs of age and gained acceptance to study Chemical Engineering at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. He graduated in August 1985 with B.S. & M.Engr. degrees in Chemical Engineering. He returned to Nigeria and worked for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as a process/project engineer at the Kaduna Refinery & Petrochemical Plant . In January 2000, he moved to New York with his family and worked for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for 12 years as emergency response materials engineer, prior to enrolling at Stony Brook University in 2010. Since summer 2010 Celest has been associated with BNL, first as a GEM Fellow at the Light Source(II) project and now a Turner/AGEPT Fellow with the Electrochemistry and the Sustainable Energy Technology groups. Celest's current research interest for his PhD work is renewable energy materials; the development of new materials for electrode design for energy conversion and storage systems;(fuel cells, electrolyzers, capacitors) and water/wastewater treatment systems.

Seminar Title: Can we depend on electrochemical energy as a path to energy sustainability? Yes we can.
The rapid expansion of natural gas and oil drilling across nations endangers human health and the environment and companies involved in these industries don't like to talk about that. A combination of renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind and electrochemical energy leads to cleaner environment and a sustainable future. We can depend on electrochemical energy systems as a path to energy sustainability because they not only produce energy but stores energy from solar and wind technologies that are temporal and uneven in distribution. Electrochemical energy conversion and storage (EECS) systems have better efficiencies than our car engines or power engines. Some examples of electrochemical energy systems include batteries, fuel cells, water splitting devices/electrolyzers and capacitive deionization units for water/waste water treatment.