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Chai Engtrakulis is a senior scientist at NREL conducting research on the deposition and characterization of new thin-film materials for energy efficiency and storage applications. In addition, he is investigating the production and processing of advanced biofuels in collaboration with other researchers. He began working at NREL as a postdoctoral researcher in the Nanostructured Materials Group with Michael Heben to develop new carbon nanotube-based materials for application in renewable energy technologies. His doctoral work focused on the synthesis and electrochemical characterization of self-assembled monolayers of molecular assemblies on electrode surfaces. 

Research Interests

Physical vapor deposition of thin-film materials

Surface and interface science

Electrochemical and physicochemical properties of storage systems

Biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Chemistry, Gettysburg College

PhD, Inorganic/Materials Chemistry, University of Maryland, College Park


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