Adlai Katzenberg received his PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering where he developed novel ion-conducting polymers for use in fuel cells and other electrochemical devices. Dr. Katzenberg managed a suite of state-of-the-art nanofabrication tools at the NYU Tandon Nanofab cleanroom, maintaining instruments and training new users.
At the Technion, Dr. Katzenberg will develop a new electrode structure for lithium-air batteries, which offer impressive potential but are limited by harmful side-reactions and poor oxygen delivery. His design will leverage a multifunctional polymer electrolyte designed to control reactions in the electrode. He will begin by designing polymer materials that promote charge- and reactant- transport and inhibit undesired reactions. He will then implement these materials in a nanostructured electrode which will maximize oxygen delivery rates to provide high capacity and excellent cycling performance.
This work is part of Dr. Katzenberg’s career goals to develop energy technology that is compatible with the long-term health of the planet. Dr. Katzenberg believes that Israel is in a unique position with regards to climate change, oil, and technology innovation, and he hopes to learn lessons that he can implement on his return to the United States.