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Hadi Tavassol, Ph.D.

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We use bioelectrochemistry to study proton and charge transfer in redox active (co)enzymes that are responsible for small molecules (N2, O2 and CO2) catalysis relevant to energy cycle. Such biosystems can be used as a model for developing devices for a sustainable energy cycle, an important aspect of human survival.

We utilize a soft interface between two immiscible solutions (hydrophobic and hydrophilic, such as oil and water) as a mimic of a cell membrane. Proton gradients in biosystems across membranes are central to some of the most essential processes in life, such as respiration, photosynthesis, N2 fixation, and CO2 reduction. We use electrochemistry and designed interfaces by molecular assemblies to study and ultimately control these processes.

 

Office: Hall of Science 348

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Dr. Tavassol completed his PhD in 2014 at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Prior to that, he received his M.Sc. from Northern Illinois University at DeKalb, IL, and his B.S. from Sharif University of Technology in Iran. In fall 2014, he joined California Institute of Technology (and then Northwestern University) as a postdoctoral scholar. He joined the Chemistry Department faculty at California State University, Long Beach in Fall 2016.