Ismaila Dabo photo

Powerful Energy

Originally from Paris, France, Ismaila Dabo has family roots in Guinea, a West African nation blessed with abundant sunshine to match the sunny optimism of its people. But despite these powerful sources of energy, there is a lack of electricity to power the country. 

“People there do not have the basic items that many of us take for granted here,” says Dabo, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering. 

“Many students, for example, can’t study at home at night. You will see them studying at the airport, one of the few places equipped with electric lights.”

Randy Vander Wal

My research career began in physical chemistry, studying quantum-state resolved, molecular photodissociation dynamics. In post-doctoral work, my research expanded into linear and non-linear laser-based optical diagnostic development and then broadened at NASA-Glenn to include the synthesis, characterization and applications of organic and inorganic nanomaterials. Presently, I would characterize myself as a research chemist with keen interests in realizing applications for nanomaterials.

Noel Chris Giebink

Dr. Giebink joined Penn State in 2011 following a two year postdoctoral fellowship at Argonne National Laboratory. He holds five patents and is a member of the Optical Society of America, SPIE, IEEE, the Materials Research Society, and the American Physical Society.

Ismaila Dabo

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.