Summit Speaker: Gui Bazan
Production & Storage Solutions Group Head
Institute for Energy Efficiency
Professor Bazan obtained his B.Sc. from the University of Ottawa and his Ph.D. from MIT. After working at Caltech as an NSERCC postdoctoral fellow, he started his academic career at the University of Rochester in 1992. In 1998, Gui became a Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1999, he joined the faculty of the Department of Materials (Engineering) and in June 2000, Gui became the Director of the Center for Polymers and Organic Solids. He is also the Solutions Group Head for the Production and Storage research group at the Institute for Energy Efficiency.
His current research programs are concerned with the photophysics and morphology of the organic solid state and the polymerization of olefins via homogenous catalysis. Of particular interest are strategies that control the organization of intermediate size organic chromophores in the solid state. Such methods are desirable since the relative orientation and distance of conjugated molecules control important useful properties such as conductivity and the photon processing ability of the material. Unfortunately, reliable guidelines that optimize the spatial relationship of organic molecules, especially in circumstances where hydrogen bonding is not an option, are woefully lacking. One ultimate goal is to program the maximum "best" morphology from the organization of atoms in the individual molecule. In the area of catalysis, the Bazan group is optimizing a multiple catalysts approach to highly branched polyethylene.