Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Phone number(s): 
(814) 867-4886
Office Address: 
N-241 Millennium Science Complex

Ismaila Dabo received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique (France) in 2002 and 2004. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2008. His doctoral research under the supervision of Dr. Marzari was dedicated to predicting the electrical response of quantum systems embedded in electrochemical environments and to studying chemical poisoning in low-temperature fuel cells. After graduation, Ismaila Dabo became a postdoctoral researcher and then a permanent researcher at Ecole des Ponts, University of Paris-Est (France). He joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State in 2013.

Research Summary: 

My group develops and applies first-principles and multiscale models to study materials for energy applications. Our primary focus is on electrochemical and photochemical systems, such as fuel cells, supercapacitors, dye-sensitized devices, and solar fuel generators. Our core expertise is in understanding charge-transfer reactions and photoexcitations at electrochemical and photochemical interfaces. Our ultimate goal is to accelerate materials discovery for more efficient energy conversion and storage.