Dr. Hosein

Dr. Ian D. Hosein

Ian Dean Hosein, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
College of Engineering, Syracuse University
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Syracuse, NY, 13244


B. A. Sc., Engineering Science, University of Toronto, 2004
Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University, 2009

Ian Hosein is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University. Ian completed his graduate studies at Cornell University in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, in the Colloid Based Materials Research Lab (CBMRL). The final year of doctoral work was funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Professor Hosein’s research aims to advance platforms for sustainable energy conversion and storage. The present focus is on creating new materials from both soft and inorganic systems, with an emphasis on directed self-organization, bio-inspired structures, and enhancing functional properties.

Ian was one of the pioneers in developing self-assembly protocols to produce 2D and 3D crystal structures from complex, non-spherical colloidal building blocks. The structures experimentally confirmed the predictions of researchers in the field, and opened opportunities for bottom-up based materials nanofabrication. He was also first to experimentally investigate the optical properties of non-spherical colloid based materials, using laser diffraction and optical spectroscopy. In collaboration with the Joannopoulos Research Group at MIT, he published the first study on “dimer” based colloidal crystals, which revealed wide, robust photonic bandgaps. In collaboration with the Escobedo group at Cornell, he showed the potential to produce complex phases from non-spherical particles. After his doctoral work, Ian completed a post-doctoral positions at the University of Waterloo and McMaster University.

Honors & Awards

2018 – TEDx Clarkson University Invited Speaker

2018 – CAREER Award – National Science Foundation

2016 – Doctoral New Investigator Award – American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund

2008 – Post-graduate Award – Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

2003 – Student Research Award – Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada