Dai has embodied excellence in organic materials research since his career began in 1983 as an engineer at China’s Zhejiang Chemical Industry Research Institute. Dai has since moved through the ranks of academia, with stops at various institutions along the way. Since 2009, he’s been on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University, where he’s continued his research in macromolecular science and engineering.
Dai’s work stands to revolutionize energy technology.
Most recently, Dai’s research on charging lithium ion batteries with solar cells could lead to cleaner transportation and home-power sources. Among his other recent research contributions: developing a metal-free fuel cell catalyst for zinc-air batteries, which has proven to perform as well or better than most metal and metal-oxide electrodes typically reused in the batteries.
Through these and other research contributions, Dai has become known as one of the world’s leading experts in nanocarbon materials and their
use in composites and finished devices.
His successes extend into the scientific literary community as well. In the past three years, Dai averaged more than 30 published papers annually. He is responsible for more than 400 peer-reviewed papers and has been cited more than 20,000 times. His numerous scholarly works have earned him an associate H-Index of over 80, an acknowledgement of his prolific literary contributions and citations.
Dai is a “global influencer” in the field of macromolecular science and engineering and often is requested as a plenary/keynote speaker.
He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, and previously received the George Noland Research Award from Sigma Xi.