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Office Location: ETC 5.208A

Donald Siegel

Department Chair and Professor

Temple Foundation Endowed Professorship #4, Cockrell Family Chair for Departmental Leadership #4

Department Research Areas:
Advanced Materials Science and Engineering
Clean Energy Technology
Computational Engineering
Thermal Fluids Systems and Transport Phenomena

Energy Storage and Materials Simulation Lab

Don Siegel is Professor and Chair of the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin (UT). At UT he is a Temple Foundation Endowed Professor and holds a Cockrell Family Chair for Departmental Leadership. He is a Core Faculty Member in the Texas Materials Institute and in the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences. Prior to joining UT in 2021, Prof. Siegel spent 12 years as a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan (UM). Prior to joining UM, he was a Technical Expert at Ford Research and Advanced Engineering in Dearborn, MI.

Siegel is a computational materials scientist whose research targets the development of energy storage materials and lightweight alloys. Recent projects have focused on electrical energy storage (batteries), thermal energy storage, and materials for gas capture and storage (H2 and natural gas storage; CO2 capture). Prof. Siegel has authored more than 100 publications, delivered approximately 110 invited lectures, and has been awarded several patents. He is a recipient of the NSF Career Award, U.S. Department of Energy-Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award, and a Gilbreth Lectureship from the National Academy of Engineering. Prof. Siegel has been active in providing input to the U.S. Department of Energy on issues related to energy storage, having served as co-Chair for the FreedomCAR Hydrogen Storage Technical Team, a Reviewer for the Hydrogen and Vehicle Technologies Program, and as a member of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) Directorate.

A physicist by training, Prof. Siegel received a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His postdoctoral training was performed at Sandia National Laboratories and at the U.S. Naval Research Lab. During the 2015-2016 academic year he was a VELUX Visiting Professor in the Department of Energy Conversion and Storage at the Technical University of Denmark.

Selected Publications
  1. A. Ahmed and D. J. Siegel, Predicting Hydrogen Storage in MOFs via Machine Learning, Patterns, 2, 100291 (2021). DOI: 10.1016/j.patter.2021.100291
  2. H. Park, S. Yu, and D. J. Siegel, Predicting Charge Transfer Stability Between Sulfide Solid Electrolytes and Li Metal Anodes, ACS Energy Letters, 6, 150-157 (2020). DOI:10.1021/acsenergylett.0c02372
  3. L. Trahey, F. R. Brushett, N. P. Balsara, G. Ceder, L. Cheng, Y.-M. Chiang, N. T. Hahn, B. J. Ingram, S.D. Minteer, J.S. Moore, K.T. Mueller, L.F. Nazar, K.A. Persson, D.J. Siegel, K. Xu, K. R. Zavadil, V. Srinivasan, G. W. Crabtree, Energy storage emerging: A perspective from the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117, 12550-12557 (2020), DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1821672117
  4. J. G. Smith and D. J. Siegel, Low-Temperature Paddlewheel Effect in Glassy Solid Electrolytes, Nature Communications, 11, 1483 (2020), DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-15245-5
  5. A. Ahmed, S. Seth, J. Purewal, A. G. Wong-Foy, M. Veenstra, A. J. Matzger, and D. J. Siegel, Exceptional Hydrogen Storage Achieved by screening Nearly Half a Million Metal-Organic Frameworks, Nature Communications, 10, 1568 (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-09365-w
  6. S. Kiyabu, J. S. Lowe, A. Ahmed, and D. J. Siegel, Computational Screening of Hydration Reactions for Thermal Energy Storage: New Materials and Design Rules, Chemistry of Materials, 30, 2006-2017 (2018). DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b05230
  7. A. Sharafi, E. Kazyak, A. L. Davis, S. Yu, T. Thompson, D. J. Siegel, N. P. Dasgupta, and J. Sakamoto, Surface Chemistry Mechanism of Ultra-Low Interfacial Resistance in the Solid-State Electrolyte Li7La3Zr2O12, Chemistry of Materials, 29, 7961-7968 (2017). DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b03002
  8. T. Thompson, S. Yu, L. Williams, R. D. Schmidt, R. Garcia-Mendez, J. Wolfenstine, J. L. Allen, E. Kioupakis, D. J. Siegel, and J. Sakamoto, Electrochemical Window of the Li-ion Solid Electrolyte Li7La3Zr2O12, ACS Energy Letters 2, 462-468 (2017). DOI:10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00593
  9. H. S. Koh, M. K. Rana, A. Wong-Foy, and D. J. Siegel, Predicting Methane Storage in Open-Metal-Site MOFs, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 119, 13451 (2015). DOI:10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b02768
  10. M. D. Radin and D. J. Siegel, Charge Transport in Lithium Peroxide: Relevance for Rechargeable Metal-Air Batteries, Energy & Environmental Science 6, 2370 (2013). DOI: 10.1039/C3EE41632A.