MIT Department of Chemical Engineering
Research interests: numerical methods, phase-field models, electrochemistry, porous media, multiphase flow
Dr. Cogswell has a broad research background in computational physics that spans several disciplines in both academia and industry, focused on the future of energy resources. He holds a PhD in Materials Science from MIT, where he developed phase-field models of phase transitions in multicomponent and multiphase systems. As a Postdoc with Prof. Martin Bazant, he helped develop a theory of phase separation in driven electrochemical systems. This work explained how the battery material lithium iron phosphate could achieve such high charge/discharge rates despite its tendency to phase-separate, and prompted the development of new in-situ experimental techniques to confirm the predictions. He then spent several years in industrial research labs, developing mathematical models of battery materials at Samsung Electronics and CAMX Power, and developing numerical methods for oil reservoir simulation at Aramco. He has undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Materials Science from Northwestern University.