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Hossein Robatjazi earned his B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry in Iran and completed his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice University in 2019. At Rice, Hossein worked broadly on utilizing light-matter interactions in plasmonic nanostructures to design and develop highly efficient and sustainable photocatalysts that enable chemical reactions to proceed under light illumination at milder conditions instead of traditionally relying on energy-intensive high pressure and heat conditions. His work is a part of a broader technology developed at Rice University to revolutionize the chemical and energy industries and reduce emissions from petroleum and fossil-based energy resources. The technology is in the process of being commercialized by Syzygy Plasmonics Inc., a Houston-based start-up, where Hossein currently holds a position as a lead scientist. Hossein was also a recipient of the 2019 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in chemical science (2019) that he used to work on atomistic understanding of surface phenomena in heterogeneous catalysis in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara until his return to Houston in late 2020.


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