Dominik Barz wins 2022 Faculty Research Excellence Award

Posted on January 24, 2023

Dominik Barz, an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, is this year’s recipient of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Excellence in Research Award.

The award recognizes outstanding contributions by faculty members to the research environment in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s University. Winners of the award receive a grant of $10,000 to be used to support their research. The award is intended to reward faculty for their research leadership and for fostering collaborative growth at the graduate level within the faculty. Only Assistant and Associate Professors from the five engineering departments are eligible and are nominated by heads of departments or by other faculty members.

“I feel honored to receive this recognition, especially since there are so many outstanding colleagues in the faculty who deserve this award as well,” says Barz. “I can’t claim this award solely for myself. It is a result of the excellent work of the members of my research team and the fruitful collaborations with my colleagues”.  

Dominik’s research currently focuses on electrochemical and materials engineering; especially electrochemical energy storage devices such as supercapacitors and batteries with emphasis on their hybridization. Dominik is keen to relate ongoing fundamental questions of engineering science with technological applications. He has developed several novel and innovative technologies and materials for chemical analytics and/or materials and electrochemical engineering over his career.

“The energy sector is one of the largest carbon dioxide emitters and the integration of renewable energy into electrical power generation is a promising strategy to reduce carbon emissions,” says Barz. “Our cost effective and environmentally benign energy storage systems aim to store and release excess renewable energy to avoid stress on the existing power infrastructure and help to lower greenhouse gas emissions.”

Learn more about the Barz research group.