Meet Our Newest Team Member: Dr. Deepak Patil

We are very happy to welcome a new member of the FunGlass team, Dr. Deepak Patil from India.

He completed his master’s in Organic Chemistry at MUM College affiliated with SRTM University, Nanded, India, and later, he joined as a project assistant at the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune, India, where he worked on CNT-polymer composites for hydrogen storage and high strength lightweight materials application. While at NCL, he received a PhD studentship from the Czech Republic. He completed his PhD in 2015 from the Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic, under the supervision of Prof. Tomas Wagner. During his PhD, he worked on silver-doped chalcogenide glasses for fast ionic conductor application. Also, in his PhD, he has developed a Random-walk model for impedance spectroscopy data analysis. During his PhD, he received the best poster award as a young scientist from IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) at the 11th SSC conference held at Trenčianske Teplice, Slovakia. He also received Erasmus+ and French Mobility grant funding for his exchange internship study program. After his Ph.D., he received a postdoc fellowship from Washington State University (WSU), Pullman, WA, USA, where he worked on Nuclear Waste Immobilization in borosilicate glass ceramics. During his first postdoc at WSU, he received a prestigious PREM (Partnership in Research and Education in Materials) fellowship from NSF to work at New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU), Las Vegas, NM, USA. At NMHU, he worked on Magnetic Metal-organic Frameworks for the removal of dyes from industrial effluents and fuel cell applications. After PREM fellow, he joined as a research scientist at Alfred University, where he worked on several multidisciplinary projects such as next-generation hierarchical materials for nuclear waste immobilization, ion-exchange glasses for scratch resistance, and high-strength glass applications. He was also involved in microbead preparation using the flame synthesis method and fluoride preform preparation for optical fiber manufacturing at Alfred University. Later, he moved to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), CA, USA, as a postdoc fellow, where he worked on a kinetic study of the dissolution of Ca-rich rocks and minerals for in-situ CO2 sequestration. He was also involved in the electrolytic precipitation of calcium hydroxide for carbon-negative cement manufacturing applications.

During his above postdoc research career, he has written several beamline proposals and worked on beamline experiments (EXAFS, XANES, SANS, ND, and SAXS) at Argonne National Lab (ANL) and Oakridge National Lab (ORNL). He presented his research work in several scientific publications and at scientific meetings and conferences.

Dr. Patil brings his expertise in glass and ceramics synthesis by various techniques for optoelectronics applications, nuclear waste immobilization, and CO2 sequestration to the Vitrum Laugaricio (VILA) Department of FunGlass. He will continue his work at FunGlass to create advanced materials for biomaterial and optoelectronics applications. He will also focus on developing innovative glass artifact manufacturing techniques, such as cold sintering.   

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