Dr. Nihat E. Sahin holds a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry (Theoretical, Physical, Analytical Chemistry) from the University of Poitiers, France; a master’s degree in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (Applied Electrochemistry) from Istanbul Technical University; and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Faculty of Science, Ege University, Turkey. He joined the Hawai`i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) in August 2020 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. He is currently working on synthesis and characterization of highly active materials and designing and executing experimental plans for battery intercalation electrodes in the support of HNEI electrochemical power system projects. Prior to his position at the HNEI, he had postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Poitiers (France), the University of Groningen (the Netherlands), the University of Porto (Portugal) and University of North Dakota (U.S.A).
Dr. Sahin’s principal areas of interest and expertise include electrocatalysis, electrode kinetics and surface electrochemistry including voltammetry, hydrodynamic voltammetry (RDE, RRDE). He has worked extensively with carbon dioxide electroreduction (CO2RR), oxygen reduction/evolution reactions (ORR/OER), and hydrogen evolution/oxidation reactions (HER/HOR). Additionally, he is also interested in the development of synthesis methods (microwave-assisted polyol, impregnation-reduction, soft templating, ball-milling and solid-state synthesis) of nanostructured electrocatalysts and active materials consisting of metal oxides and metallic clusters supported onto various carbon substrates, including carbon nanotubes, graphene, and mesoporous carbon structures. He enjoys traveling and particularly loves the Portuguese and Scandinavian nations he has visited.