Jeff Sakamoto

Jeff Sakamoto
Associate Professor
Research Interests
    materials, thermoelectric, energy
Research Biography
As a materials scientist and chemical engineer with an interest in synthesis, processing, and functionalization of ceramics and hydrogels, my research is interdisciplinary guided by the fields of energy storage/conversion and biomedicine.   I argue that the entire length scale, from atoms to the macro scale and everything in between, must be viewed holistically in the design, synthesis and development of advanced materials and materials technology.  Porosity is central to my group’s research.  In some instances porosity, particularly at the nano scale, enables the solution-based synthesis of complex and often metastable ceramics and hydrogels with unique electrochemical, biological and mechanical properties.  In other aspects of my group’s research, ironically, porosity is initially used to synthesize complex materials, in gels and powder form, to enhance subsequent densification.  Essentially, I am interested in ceramics and hydrogels with a focus on studying the interplay between length scales and the absence of mass (porosity or vacancies). I hope to use this experience to discover and develop new materials and materials technology for energy and biomedicine.
Selected Publications
    • E. Rangasamy, J. Wolfenstine and J. Sakamoto, The role of Al and Li concentration on the formation of cubic garnet solid electrolyte of nominal composition Li7La3Zr2O12, Solid State Ionics, 206, 28-32 (2011)
    • S. Mehrotra, D. Lynam, R. Maloney, K. M. Pawelec, M. Tuszynski, I. Lee, C. Chan and J. Sakamoto, "Time controlled protein release from layer-by-layer assembled multilayer functionalized agarose hydrogels", Adv. Funct. Mater, 20, 2, 247-258 (2010)
    • J. Sakamoto, H. Schock, T. Caillat, J. –P. Fleurial, R. Maloney, M. Lyle, T. Ruckle, E. Timm and L. Zhang, Skutterudite-based thermoelectric technology for waste heat recovery: Progress towards a 1kW generator, Science of Adv. Mater., 3, 621-632 (2011)
  • Selected Achievements and Awards
  • Kavli Fellow, Michigan State University, University-level Teacher-Scholar Award December (2012), National Academy of Sciences, Invited speaker, Materials for Energy Conversion, US Delegate, Kavli Frontiers of Science, Agra, India (2013), National Academy of Engineering, Invited speaker, Vehicle Electrification Symposium, Frontiers of Engineering, Warren, MI (2012), National Academy of Engineering, paper titled, “Keeping up with the Demands for Electrochemical Energy Storage”, The Bridge: National Academy of Engineering (2012)