Model-Based Design, Optimization, and Production of Holographic Polymer Electrolyte Membranes
Holographic polymerization (HP) is one step technique to fabricate one, two, and three dimensional functional nanostructures. Of our particular interest is holographic polymer electrolyte membranes (hPEMs) that are ion conducting. We study multiscale modeling of hPEM properties and HP to computationally design and optimize hPEMs, and design, optimize and control continuous processes that produce hPEMs.
Model-Based Design, Optimization and Production of High-Performance Environmentally-Friendly Acrylic Coatings
We use multiscale (from quantum to macroscopic level) modeling together with laboratory experiments to quantitatively understand and describe processes governing acrylic coatings properties and production. The knowledge gained is then used in design and optimization of new resins and coatings as well as design, optimization and control of processing plants to produce high quality, environmental friendly, solvent-borne paints and coatings at lower operation costs.
Probabilistic Modeling and Inference for Operation Hazards Identification and Risk Assessment
We develop state-of-the-art mathematical methods to estimate complicated and high-dimensional probability distributions from historical data. This allows us to describe industrial processing plants stochastically. In addition to modeling complicated processing plants, we develop methods of performing probabilistic inference, risk assessment, operation hazards identification, and fault detection. Of our particular interest is reduction in the computational costs of our developed methods so that the methods can be implemented in real time.
Model-Guided Design, Optimization and Integration of Dye Sensitized Solar Cells
Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) represent a low cost alternative to traditional silicon solar cells. We use multiscale mathematical modeling to quantitatively describe the internal processes occurring within DSSCs, and predict and optimize the performances of individual cell components and entire cells. Using an integrated research strategy involving first-principles modeling, synthesis, and characterization, we are developing flexible and more efficient cells that can be integrated into household items such as window blinds.