de Pablo Group: Vasileios Papasimakopoulos

Graduate Student

de Pablo Group

Contact

  • Address

    William Eckhardt Research Center (251)

  • Email
    papasimv@uchicago.edu

Research

Vasileios’ interests lie in the study of polymer electrolytes. There is a great need to develop and understand new materials for energy storage, since the challenge nowadays is not how to convert various types of energy into electricity, but rather how to store that energy and use it whenever it is needed and not whenever it is produced. To quantify the performance of these materials, the mobilities of the lithium ions as well as the conductivity of the system need to be calculated.

Also, Vasileios is interested in the study of mass transfer of small molecules through polymer matrices of different polarities, which can have different applications in the food industry.

Biography

Vasileios grew up in Athens, Greece, and received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from the National Technical University of Athens in 2018, where he investigated structural properties of a metastable phase of poly(3-hexylthiophene), one of the profound polymers used in solar cells, under the supervision of Professor Doros Theodorou. He joined the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering as a graduate student in 2018 and is now advised by Professor Juan de Pablo.

Outside of research Vasileios enjoys playing soccer, ping-pong, chess, and watching movies.

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