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Nicholas Solan

Nicholas Solan

Chemical Engineering

Placement: LBNL - New Insights into Advanced Membranes for Energy Applications
Berkeley, California

Poster - Understanding The Effects of Different Counterions in Proton Exchange Membranes using Molecular Dynamics
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Nick is a rising fourth year student in UC Berkeley’s College of Chemistry majoring in Chemical Engineering with a concentration in materials science and technology. He is motivated by the pressing need to transition our energy sources away from fossil fuels, and is specifically interested in materials research aimed at improving energy storage in new battery technologies. In the past, Nick has performed theory-based research on quantum materials through computational methods. This summer, he is excited to conduct experimental research on advanced membranes for energy applications with Dr. Greg Su. He plans to pursue a career in the field of renewable energy in the future, and hopes to contribute to the development of next generation energy technologies. In his free time, he enjoys surfing, biking around the Bay Area, and playing baseball for the Cal Club Baseball team


[Blog #3] Finally a Successful Simulation!

In the past weeks, I was finally able to start my MD simulations on Nafion! To begin, I first used a Nafion structure file that my mentor, Akhilesh, provided me that contained 50 nafion polymers (each consisting of 10 monomers) already packed into a 10 x 10 x 10 nm cube.

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[Blog #2] Nick's Nano-sized Nafion

I spent the first couple weeks going through tutorials to learn how to use gromacs through tutorials, and now I’m ready to begin my MD simulations on Nafion.

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22 Jun

[Blog #1] My MD simulations are too hot to handle, at least for my own computer

I have now finished the first few weeks of my research internship at LBNL! So far, I have been on a non-stop learning journey, building up my background knowledge and my skills to reach the point where I can efficiently perform the tasks needed for the research project.


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01 Jun

[Blog #0] Introducing Myself and My Project

Hello, welcome to my blog! My name is Nick, and I am excited to be participating in the Cal Energy Corps program this summer. Since this is my first blog post, I’ll be introducing myself and talking about my plans for the project I will be working on. 

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