Katsuhiro Wakamatsu

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Postdoctoral Associate


Email: katsu627@mit.edu

Katsuhiro Wakamatsu is working on improving RMG predictions for solvated systems.

Katsuhiro grew up in Kawanishi, Hyogo, Japan. He has received a B.Sc. (Mar. 2015) and M.Sc. (Mar. 2017) as well as a Ph.D. in engineering under Prof. Teppei Ogura from Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan in Jul. 2020. During his undergraduate and master’s studies, he conducted three-dimensional thermal distribution analysis of direct internal reforming Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) fueled by biogas with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Also, he performed theoretical analysis of catalytic surface activity modifications under an electric field with quantum chemical calculations and kinetic simulations as a doctoral student.

Following the finish of doctoral course, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate in Prof. Teppei Ogura’s and Prof. Hirofumi Yoshikawa’s research groups in Kwansei Gakuin University co-currently until Oct. 2021. He conducted investigations of the surface and interface between/among metal oxides used in SOFCs with quantum chemical calculations in Prof. Ogura’s group. Also, he worked on the development of novel electrode materials for rechargeable batteries using experimental approaches such as electrochemical measurements and X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS) analysis in Prof. Yoshikawa’s group.

In Nov. 2021, he joined Prof. William H. Green’s research group in MIT as a postdoctoral associate, holding an International Visiting Fund (Lambuth Overseas Study Abroad Program) from Kwansei Gakuin University. His research in the group is focused on improving Reaction Mechanism Generator (RMG) predictions for solute/solvent systems.

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