Dr. Mark Losego joined the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology as an assistant professor in 2014.  Dr. Losego received his B.S. in materials science and engineering from Penn State University in 2003, and he earned his M.S. (2005) and Ph.D. (2008) degrees in materials science and engineering from North Carolina State University studying thin film science and electronic oxide materials.

 Starting in 2008, Dr. Losego conducted three years of postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign studying nano-scale thermal transport at organic-inorganic interfaces.  This work led to breakthroughs in understanding how interfacial atomic structure can affect heat flow.  In 2011 Dr. Losego began work as a research assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University where he led research efforts in molecular catalysis and other organic-inorganic hybrid energy systems.

 At GaTech, Dr. Losego’s research group uses advanced nanomaterials synthesis techniques to study transport phenomena in mesostructures and at organic-inorganic interfaces of relevance for solar, thermal, and electrochemical energy systems.  Dr. Losego’s work is primarily experimental and researchers in his group gain expertise in the chemical synthesis of materials (colloids, polymer brushes, SAMs), atomic layer deposition, electrochemistry, physical vapor deposition methods (sputtering, evaporation), and materials characterization.

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Education:

Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering North Carolina State University (2008)
M.S., Materials Science & Engineering North Carolina State University (2005)
B.S., Materials Science & Engineering Penn State University (2003)

Awards:

Materials Research Society Graduate Student Silver Award (2008)

Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Master’s Thesis Award (2007) 

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2003)

Research Keywords:
solar fuels,thermoelectrics & Ferroelectrics, dielectrics, capitors, and transparent conductive oxides ,photo-electrochemistry,hybrid materials,thermal transport,surface science,thin films,nanotechnology,atomic layer deposition

Selected Publications

J. Zhao, M. D. Losego, P. C. Lemaire, P. S. Williams, B. Gong, S. E. Atanasov, T. M. Blevins, C. J. Oldham, H. J. Walls, S. D. Shepherd, M. A. Browe, G. W. Peterson, G. N. Parsons, “Enhanced growth of metal organic frameworks on polymer fiber mats using atomic layer deposition.” Advanced Materials Interfaces 1 (2014).

M. D. Losego, K. Hanson, “Stabilizing molecular sensitizers in aqueous environs.” Nano Energy. 2 1067 (2013).

A. K. Vannucci, L. Alibabaei, M. D. Losego, J. J. Concepcion, B. Kalanyan, G. N. Parsons, T. J. Meyer, “Crossing the divide between homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis in water oxidation.” Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 110 20918 (2013).

K. Hanson, M. D. Losego, B. Kalanyan, G. N. Parsons, and T. J. Meyer, “Stabilizing small molecules on metal oxide surfaces using atomic layer deposition.” Nano Letters. 13 4802 (2013).

M. D. Losego, I. P. Blitz, R. A. Vaia, D. G. Cahill, P. V. Braun, “Ultralow thermal conductivity in organoclay nanolaminates synthesized via simple self-assembly.” Nano Letters. 13 2215 (2013).

M. D. Losego, M. E. Grady, N. R. Sottos, D. G. Cahill, and P. V. Braun, “Effects of atomic bonding on heat transport across interfaces.” Nature Materials 11 502 (2012).

E. A. Paisley, M. D. Losego, B. E. Gaddy, A. L. Rice, R. Collazo, Z. Sitar, D. L. Irving, and J-P. Maria, “Surfactant-enabled epitaxy through control of growth mode with chemical boundary conditions” Nature Communications 2 461 (2011)

M. D. Losego, J. Guske, A. Efremenko, J-P Maria, and S. Franzen, “Characterizing the molecular order of phosphonic acid self-assembled monolayers on indium tin oxide surfaces.” Langmuir 27 11883 (2011).

L. C. H. Moh, M. D. Losego, and P. V. Braun, “Ellipsometric investigation on the effects of solvent quality on scaling behavior of poly(methyl methacrylate) brushes in the moderate and high density regimes.” Langmuir 27 3698. (2011).

M. D. Losego, A. Y. Efremenko, C. L. Rhodes, M. G. Cerruti, S. Franzen, J-P. Maria, “Conductive oxide thin films: Model systems for understanding and controlling surface plasmon resonance.” Journal of Applied Physics 106 024903 (2009).

M. Losego, J. Ihlefeld, J-P. Maria, “The importance of solution chemistry in preparing sol-gel PZT thin films directly on copper surfaces.” Chemistry of Materials. 20 303 (2008).

M. Losego, L. Jimison, J. Ihlefeld, J-P. Maria, “Ferroelectric response from lead zirconate titanate thin films prepared directly on low-resistivity copper substrates.” Applied Physics Letters. 86  172906 (2005).