Miguel Modestino

Assistant Professor

Miguel Modestino

Research Interests: The interface of multifunctional material development and electrochemical engineering
Composite materials development, processing, and characterization

University of California, Berkeley 2013
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2008
M.S. , Chemical Engineering Practice

Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2007
B.S., Chemical Engineering

Journal Articles


25. Miguel A. Modestino,* David Fernandez-Rivas,* Mohammad Hashemi, Han Gardeniers, Demetri Psaltis. The potential for microfluidics in electrochemical energy systems. Energy and Environmental Science, 2016, DOI: 10.1039/C6EE01884J (Advanced Article)


24. J.W. Schüttauf,‡* M.A. Modestino,‡* E. Chinello, D. Lambelet, D. Dominé, A.Faes, M. Despeisse, J. Bailat, D. Psaltis, C. Moser, C. Ballif. Solar-to-hydrogen production at 14.2% efficiency with silicon photovoltaics and earth abundant electrocatalysts. J. Electrochem. Soc. 2016, 163, 10, F1177-F1181.

23. Paul Delrot,* Miguel A. Modestino, François Gallaire, Demetri Psaltis and Christophe Moser. Inkjet printing of viscous monodisperse micro-droplets by laser-induced flow focusing. Phys. Rev. Applied 6, 024003. 

22. Miguel A. Modestino,* Mohammad Hashemi, Sophia Haussener. Mass transport aspects of electrochemical solar-hydrogen generation. Energy and Environmental Science, 2016, 9 (5), 1533-1551. 

21. Adam Weber,* Chengxiang Xiang, Miguel Modestino, Shane Ardo, Sophia Haussener, Kate Fountain, John Stevens, Meenesh Singh, Katie Chen, Shu Hu, Matthew Shaner. Design and Implementation of Solar-Driven Water-Splitting Devices. Angewandte Chemie International Edition. Accepted Article. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201510463R1

20. Marcin S. Zielinski, Jae-Woo Choi, Thomas LaGrange, Miguel A. Modestino, S. Mohammad H. Hashemi, Ye Pu, Susanne Birkhold, Jeffrey A. Hubbell, and Demetri Psaltis*. Hollow Mesoporous Plasmonic Cavity Nanoshells Enhancing Solar Vapor Generation. Nano letters 16 (4), 2159-2167.

19. Miguel A. Modestino*, Mikael Dumortier, Mohammad Hashemi, Sophia Haussener, Demetri Psaltis, Christophe Moser. Vapor-fed electrochemical hydrogen microgenerator. Lab on a Chip, 2015, 15, 2287-2296.

18. Mohammad Hashemi,  Miguel A. Modestino, Demetri Psaltis*. Membrane-less electrolyzer for pure hydrogen production across the whole pH range. Energy and Environmental Science, 2015, 8, 2003-2009. 

17. Claudia A. Rodriguez, ‡ Miguel A. Modestino*, ‡ Demetri Psaltis, Christophe Moser. Design and cost considerations of practical solar-hydrogen generator. Energy and Environmental Science, 2014. 7 (12), 3828-3835

16. Miguel A. Modestino*, Sophia Haussener*. An Integrated Device View on Photo-Electrochemical Solar-Hydrogen Generation. Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2015, 6 (1), 13-34. 

15. Frances Allen, Luis Comolli, Ahmet Kusoglu, Miguel A. Modestino, Andrew Minor, Adam Weber*. The morphology of hydrated Nafion revealed through cryo electron tomography. ACS Macro Lett., 2015, 4 (1), 1–5. 

14. Eun Cho, Christopher M. Evans, Emily C. Davidson, Megan L. Hoarfrost, Miguel A. Modestino, Rachel A. Segalman, and Jeffrey J. Urban*. New Polymer/Nanocrystal Hybrid Architectures for High-Performance Photovoltaic Encapsulants. ACS Macro Lett., 2015, 4 (1), pp 70–74

13. Pepa Cotanda,  Guillaume Sudre, Miguel A. Modestino, Xi Chen, Balsara, Nitash*. High Anion Conductivity and Low Water Uptake of Phosphonium Containing Diblock Copolymer Membranes. Macromolecules, 2014, 47 (21), pp 7540–7547

12. Miguel A. Modestino, Karl A. Walczak, Alan Berger, Christopher Evans, Sophia Haussener, Carl Koval, John S. Newman, Joel Ager, Rachel A. Segalman*. Robust production of purified H2 in a stable, self-regulating, and continuously operating solar fuel generator. Energy Environ. Sci., 2014, 7 (1), 297-301. 

11. Miguel A. Modestino, Rachel A. Segalman*. Artifical Solar Fuel Generators. The Bridge, Winter 2013, National Academy of Engineering

10. Miguel A. Modestino, ‡ Camilo Diaz-Botia, ‡ Tyler S. Matthews, Rafael Gomez-Sjoberg, Joel Ager*, Rachel A. Segalman*. Integrated microfluidic test-bed for energy conversion devices. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2013, 15, 7050-7054 

9. Miguel A. Modestino,* Frances I. Allen, Devproshad K. Paul, Shudipto Dishari, Stephanie A. Petrina, Michael A. Hickner, Kunal Karan, Andy M. Minor, Adam Z. Weber and Rachel A. Segalman. Self-assembly and transport limitations in confined Nafion films. Macromolecules, 2013, 46 (3), pp 867–873.

8. Yanika Schneider, Miguel A. Modestino, Robert W. Hess, Bryan McCulloch, Rachel A. Segalman*. Ionic Conduction in Nanostructured Membranes based on Protic Ionic Liquids. Macromolecules, 2013, 46 (4), pp 1543–1548.

7. Frances I. Allen, Peter Ercius, Miguel A. Modestino, Rachel A. Segalman, Nitash P. Balsara, Andrew M. Minor*. Deciphering the Three-Dimensional Morphology of Block Copolymer Thin Films by Transmission Electron Microscopy. Micron; 2013; 44, pp 442-450.

6. Miguel A. Modestino, ‡ Ahmet Kusoglu, ‡ Alexander Hexemer, Adam Z. Weber*, Rachel A. Segalman*. Controlling Nafion Structure and Properties via Wetting Interactions. Macromolecules; 2012; 45 (11), pp 4681–4688.

5. Gang Chen, Miguel A. Modestino, Billy K. Poon, Andre Schrotzek, Stefano Marchesini, Rachel A. Segalman*, Alexander Hexemer, Peter H. Zwart. Structure Determination of Pt-coated Au Dumbbells via Fluctuation X-ray Scattering. Journal of Synchrotron Radiation; 2012; 19, pp 695-700.

4. Ahmet Kusoglu, ‡ Miguel A. Modestino, ‡ Alexander Hexemer, Adam Z. Weber*, Rachel A. Segalman*. Sub-second Morphological Changes in Nafion during Water Uptake Detected by Small-Angle X-Ray Scattering. ACS Macro Lett.; 2012; 1 (1), pp 33–36.

3. Miguel A. Modestino, Elaine R. Chan, Alexander Hexemer, Jeff J. Urban, Rachel A. Segalman*. Controlling Nanorod Self-Assembly in Polymer Thin-Films. Macromolecules; 2011; 44 (18), pp 7364–7371. 

2. Nicole S. Zacharia, Miguel A. Modestino, Paula T. Hammond*. Factors Influencing the Interdiffusion of Weak Polycations in Multilayers. Macromolecules; 2007; 40(26) pp 9523 – 9528.

1. Nicole S. Zacharia, Dean M. DeLongchamp, Miguel A. Modestino, Paula T. Hammond*. Controlling Interdiffusion and Exchange Processes in Layer by Layer Assemblies. Macromolecules; 2007; 40(5) pp 1598 – 1603. 


• Energy and Environmental Science Readers’ Choice Lectureship award (2015). This prize is awarded annually to an outstanding young scientist (within 10 years of receiving their PhD) who has published in the journal.
• Arkema Graduate Fellowship to outstanding graduate students with high promise in the polymer field (2010)
• Power Top-Off Award to the most competitive prospective student from the Dept. of Chemical Engineering, UC Berkeley (2008)
• “Jose Felix Ribas Order” - Highest academic honor from the Venezuelan Government for young people (2002)
• Silver Medal on the 35th International Chemistry Olympiad (Greece, 2003), Bronze Medal on the 34th International Chemistry Olympiad (Netherlands, 2002), Silver Medal on the VII Iberoamerican Chemistry Olympiad (Argentina, 2002)