Nicolas Batara
Nicolas Batara, Ph.D.
Scientist
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
New York

Dr. Batara has an interdisciplinary background in chemistry, physics and materials science with 5 years of experience modeling and characterizing photo-electrochemical semiconductor systems. His expertise includes: solid-state physics, nanophotonics, computational mathematics, software development and systems administration.

Dr. Batara completed is Ph.D. in Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology in the Solar Fuels and Light-Matter Interactions Groups with Professors Nathan S. Lewis and Harry A. Atwater. There he developed computational simulation and analysis software tools for applications in nanophotonics and photo-electrochemical deposition of semiconductors. Additionally, he gained hands on experience with characterization techniques such as (cryogenic) ellipsometry, scatterometry, integrating sphere, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and optoelectronic materials characterization.

As a software developer, Dr. Batara is proficient with MATLAB and has experience with Python, and Java. Prior to joining Exponent, he worked in the technology startup environment as a big-data software developer. Additionally, he served as internal software & IT consultant and systems administrator for the above research groups at the California Institute of Technology.

Prior to his doctoral studies, Dr. Batara worked in two research laboratories at the University of California Santa Barbara while completing his B.S. in Chemistry and Physics Minor. He worked on the isolation and characterization of iron chelating compounds produced by marine bacteria via high pressure liquid chromatography, amino acid sequencing and mass spectrometry. Additionally, he worked on the synthesis and characterization of materials for organic photovoltaic applications via macroscale organic synthesis techniques, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (NMR) and dynamic light scattering (DLS). He also worked on the device fabrication and testing of organic photovoltaic devices with techniques such as spin coating, vacuum evaporation and current-voltage measurements.

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

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