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Peter Ciesielski is a scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with an interdisciplinary background and training. Ciesielski's research encompasses many aspects of bioenergy and biomaterials science. Biomass is an abundant, renewable resource that is naturally and continually mass-produced on this planet. Humans have been using biomass as source of fuel and materials for as long as they have existed. Ciesielski's research aims to improve ways by which biomass can be used as a sustainable and renewable source of fuels, chemicals, and materials.

Research Interests

Advanced Multimodal Microscopy: Scanning and transmission electron microscopies; 3-D electron tomography; atomic force microscopy; confocal Raman, florescence, and energy dispersive X-Ray hyper-spectral imaging.

Quantitative Image Analysis and Structural Modeling: Development and implementation of computational methods for geometric analysis of tomographic reconstructions; semi-automated image analysis and computer vision; atomistic modeling of plant biopolymers; micro- and nonstructural modeling of plant cell walls, biomass particles, biopolymers, and inorganic materials.

Surface Science and Electrochemistry: Inorganic surface modification and characterization; analytical electrochemistry and electrochemical catalysis; surface functionalization for biological compatibility and protein adsorption; fabrication of biohybrid systems and devices.

Computational Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization: Kinetic modeling of catalytic and photo-catalytic reactions (MATLAB, Python); finite element simulation of transport phenomena in complex geometries (COMSOL); molecular dynamics simulation (CHARMM); computational visualization and ray-tracing (POVRay, Blender).

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Colorado State University

PhD, Interdisciplinary Material Science, Vanderbilt University


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