Michael Aziz


Michael J. Aziz received his B.S. from Caltech and his Ph.D. from Harvard, both in Applied Physics. He spent two years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as Eugene P. Wigner Postdoctoral Fellow. He has been a member of the faculty at what is now the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences since he joined in 1986 and is now Gene and Tracy Sykes Professor of Materials and Energy Technologies. Aziz has made significant contributions to a number of fields in applied physics and materials science including the kinetics of rapid solidification; pressure and stress effects on kinetics of diffusion and growth; nonequilibrium surface pattern formation during ion irradiation; and applications of materials synthesized utilizing nonequilibrium kinetics.

His recent research interests include novel materials and processes for energy technology and greenhouse gas mitigation. He is co-inventor of the organic aqueous flow battery and directs a multi-investigator research program on stationary electrical energy storage. He is the Faculty Coordinator for Harvard's University-Wide Graduate Consortium on Energy and Environment, for which he developed a quantitative course on Energy Technology for a group of students in diverse disciplines. He is co-authoring a textbook, "Introduction to Energy Technology: Depletable and Renewable".

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  1. Talk: Organic-Based Aqueous Flow Batteries for Stationary Storage — February 12, 2019

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Talk: Organic-Based Aqueous Flow Batteries for Stationary Storage

The intermittancy of renewable energy sources would couple well with large scale energy storage to maintain the current flexibility on the energy grid. This presentation explores the organic aqueous flow battery technology of which Michael is a co-inventor. Using inexpensive organic compunds in batteries, may be the price cut needed, for stationary energy to gain wide …

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