Nicolas Batara

Nicolas Batara, Ph.D.

Scientist
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
New York

Dr. Batara is a multidisciplinary scientist with expertise in computer software and hardware, data analysis, chemistry, and physics. He has leveraged his experience and educational background to assist clients in a wide variety of matters involving digital forensics, cybersecurity, failure analysis, intellectual property, and software development.

Dr. Batara’s work frequently involves performing detailed technical analyses of digital and analog electronic systems. He has experience performing source code reviews, assessing software quality, and conducting advanced analysis of large complex datasets. He has provided consultation on matters involving: insurance claims related to cyberattacks, intellectual property for consumer electronics, firmware for battery safety, failure of integrated circuits, intellectual property for networking equipment, property loss related to product failures, and digital forensics of mobile devices.

Dr. Batara has implemented and maintained software solutions for various applications including text extraction and text analytics for heterogeneous document sets, SQL databases, web hosting, redundant data storage, advanced data analysis, and scientific computing. He has experience with programming languages and development environments including Matlab, Python, Java, C, SQL, BASH, AVR Microcontrollers, and AWS.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Batara was involved with the development of cloud database infrastructure for streaming IoT data. There, he contributed to a Python-based API for interfacing with AWS cloud infrastructure. Separately, he served as an internal computational consultant and systems administrator for two research groups at Caltech.

Dr. Batara completed his Ph.D. at Caltech where his thesis work was centered on developing computational simulation and analysis software tools for applications in nanophotonics and photo-electrochemical deposition of semiconductors. Additionally, he utilized experimental techniques to refine his computational tools. In addition, his research experience includes organic photovoltaic devices, bacterial protein isolation, and characterization.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Materials Science, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 2017
  • M.S., Materials Science, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 2014
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2011

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

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Publications

Yao Y, Lee KT, Sheng X, Batara NA, Hong N, He J, Xu L, Hussain MM, Atwater HA, Lewis NS, Nuzzo RG, Rogers JA. Porous Nanomaterials for Ultrabroadband Omnidirectional Anti-Reflection Surfaces with Applications in High Concentration Photovoltaics. Advanced Energy Materials 2017; 7:1601992.

Carim AI, Batara NA, Premkumar A, May R, Atwater HA, Lewis NS. Morphological Expression of the Coherence and Relative Phase of Optical Inputs to the Photoelectrodeposition of Nanopatterned Se–Te Films. Nano Letters 2016; 1:2963.

Carim AI, Batara NA, Premkumar A, Atwater HA, Lewis NS. Polarization Control of Morphological Pattern Orientation During Light-Mediated Synthesis of Nanostructured Se–Te Films. ACS Nano 2015; 10:102.

Carim AI, Batara NA, Premkumar A, Atwater HA, Lewis NS. Self-Optimizing Photoelectrochemical Growth of Nanopatterned Se–Te Films in Response to the Spectral Distribution of Incident Illumination. Nano Letters 2015; 15:7071.

Sadtler B, Burgos SP, Batara NA, Beardslee JA, Atwater HA, Lewis NS. Phototropic Growth Control of Nanoscale Pattern Formation in Photoelectrodeposited Se–Te Films. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2013; 110:19707.

Treat ND, Varotto A, Takacs CJ, Batara NA, Al-Hashimi M, Heeney MJ, Heeger AJ, Wudl F, Hawker CJ, Chabinyc ML. Polymer-Fullerene Miscibility: A Metric for Screening New Materials for High-Performance Organic Solar Cells. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2012; 134:15869.

Varotto A, Treat ND, Jo J, Shuttle CG, Batara NA, Brunetti FG, Seo JH, Chabinyc ML, Hawker CJ, Heeger AJ, Wudl F. 4-Fullerene Derivatives: Tuning the Properties of the Electron Transporting Layer in Bulk-Heterojunction Solar Cells. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2011; 50:5166.

Brunetti FG, Varotto A, Batara NA, Wudl, F. “Deconvoluted Fullerene” Derivatives: Synthesis and Characterization. Chemistry-A European 2011; 17: 8604.

Presentations

Sadtler B, Batara NA, Burgos SP, Carim AI, Atwater HA, Lewis NS. Light-Directed Growth of Complex Three-Dimensional Nanostructures in Photoresponsive Chalcogenide Films: Comparison of Nanophotonic Models and Experiments. Submitted Talk, Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA 2014.

Carim AI, Batara NA, Prekumar A, Atwater HA, Lewis NS. Light Directed Synthesis of Nano-Patterened Semiconductor Films. Poster Presentation, Energy Frontier Research Center PI Meeting, Washington DC, 2015.

Prior Experience

Open Source Developer, Fineo, 2016-2017

Internal Software & IT Consultant, Systems Administrator, California Institute of Technology, 2012-2016

Graduate Research Assistant, California Institute of Technology, 2012-2016

Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of California Santa Barbara, 2010-2011

Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of California Santa Barbara, 2008-2009

Professional Affiliations

Materials Research Society, Member

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Materials Science, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 2017
  • M.S., Materials Science, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 2014
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2011

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

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