|John Drazin PhD||John Drazin is a materials science engineer and researcher from California. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2011 with a degree in Engineering Physics. He went to UC Davis for his PhD under the direction of Professor Ricardo HR Castro and graduated in December 2015. His research focus was on the synthesis of doped zirconia ceramics powders (calcia, yttria, and magnesia) with high specific surface areas and metastable phases. He also advanced the field of water adsorption microcalorimetry to nondestructively measure the surface energy of ceramic oxides. After graduating, he received a ASEE postdoctoral fellowship at the US Naval Research Laboratory focusing on the processing and sintering of yttria stabilized zirconia nanograined ceramics for low thermal conductivity applications like thermal barrier conducting. In addition, he advanced the pressureless sintering of nanograined oxide ceramics with sub-50 nm grains to high densities. He recently joined CESI Lab to work on solid oxide fuel cells and an all ceramic fuel cell stack design. He enjoys going to the gym, playing videogames, and watching sports in his spare time.
|Bo Xu PhD||Bo Xu received his Bachelor of Science in Materials Physics from Sichuan University, China. In 2012, he moved to the United States to pursue his graduate degree and receive his Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering from Washington State University in 2017, focusing on the research of two dimensional materials. Then Bo worked as a postdoc at UC Berkeley, looking at nanoporous graphene as a filter membrane for water desalination. He joined the CESI lab recently. His current research focuses on the development, modeling, and testing of innovations at the nexus of coupled food energy and water systems. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports games and playing soccer.