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NPRE 596 Graduate Seminar Series - Hossam Farag

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academic, engineering, graduate
NPRE 596 Graduate Seminar Series
Oct 20, 2020   4:00 - 4:50 pm  
Hossam Farag, Graduate Student, Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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Bio: Graduate Research Assistant in Z lab, at Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering (NPRE), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Interested in understanding the fundamental principles underlying the collective behavior and emergent character of disordered condensed matter, namely liquids, under extreme /interfacial /non-equilibrium conditions, using integrated theory-driven atomistic simulations and neutron and X-ray experiments. Faithful to the crucial role of volunteering in changing and reshaping current circumstances with limited resources seeking a better world. Throughout the undergraduate period in his home country, Egypt, Hossam served as a volunteer and board-member of the world first IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society student chapter.

Currently pursuing a Master's degree in NPRE. Master’s thesis addresses the structure and dynamics of the  solution phase of non-aqueous electrolytes for next–generation flow–batteries. The work is funded under DOE’s JCESR project. The thesis work can be summarized in the following:

  1. Refinement of the Born–Oppenheimer potential energy surface of novel synthesized molecules, using NWCHEM quantum chemistry package, leading to more accurate electronic coarse–grained models.
  2. Molecular Dynamics simulations of model non-aqueous electrolytic solutions, using GROMACS toolkit, to investigate their charge, mass, and momentum transport, and benchmarked against experimental x-ray scattering spectra, conductivity, and diffusivity measurements.
  3. Extension of understanding of novel molecules’ ionic mobility across a wide range of concentration regimes in relation to their equilibrium solvation environment and supramolecular emergent structures using the infinite-frequency shear modulus as a newly proposed descriptor of the “rigidity or softness” of the formed supramolecular structures in-solution.


By pursuing graduate studies, I hope to deepen my understanding of the fundamental principles underlying the field of my interest, to get exposed to the state-of-the-art techniques employed in current cutting-edge research; paving the way to fit as a research scientist in a prestigious research institute. 

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