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Richard Carlin

Richard Carlin

Department Head, Sea Warfare and Weapons Department

Office of Naval Research

Dr. Richard T. Carlin became Department Head for the Sea Warfare and Weapons Department at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in September 2007. As Department Head, Dr. Carlin overseas a broad range of S&T programs for surface ships, submarines, and undersea weapons with an annual budget of approximately $500M per year. Immediately prior to his current position, he was the Director for the Undersea Weapons and Naval Materials Division with responsibilities in undersea weapons and countermeasures, advanced energetics, structural materials (alloys and composites), materials for power systems, acoustic transducers, maintenance reduction technologies, and blast mitigation materials. During his career at ONR, he also served as the Acting Chief Scientist in 2004 and as Director for the Mechanics and Energy Conversion Division from 2001 to 2005. Prior to his appointment as a Division Director, Dr. Carlin was the ONR Program Officer for Electrochemistry S&T and Undersea Weapons Propulsion with programs covering numerous electrochemical and thermal power technologies. Additionally, Dr. Carlin serves as the Navy S&T representative on various energy advisory groups, including the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Interagency Task Force, DDR&E Energy Security Task Force, and Naval Task Force Energy.

Before joining ONR in August 1997, Dr. Carlin held several positions in academia, industry, and government. From 1995 to 1997, he was a Senior Scientist at Covalent Associates, Inc. performing contract research in areas of lithium batteries, supercapacitors, and ionic liquids catalysis. From 1992 to 1995, Dr. Carlin held the position of Electrochemistry Division Chief at the Frank J. Seiler Research Laboratory (FJSRL) located at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. At FJSRL, he led research on the use of ionic liquids as electrolytes for batteries, supercapacitors, and metal-alloy electrodepositions and as solvents for gas absorption and catalysis. During this time, his research group received the United States Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) Science and Technology Achievement Award in 1994 for the development of a novel dual graphite-intercalation battery concept. Dr. Carlin was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa from 1989 to 1992 where he taught both undergraduate and graduate level course and directed a research program in the study and application of ionic liquids as solvents and electrolytes. From 1982 to 1985, he was employed at Air Products and Chemicals as a Senior Research Chemist carrying out research on the use of ionic liquids as gas-separation membranes.

Dr. Carlin received his B.S. in Honors Chemistry from the University of Alabama in 1977, and his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Iowa State University in 1982. His thesis work at Iowa State focused on the synthesis, characterization, and structure of air-sensitive metal-metal bonded clusters of molybdenum and tungsten. Dr. Carlin received his training in electrochemistry as a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Robert A. Osteryoung’s research group at the State University of New York at Buffalo. During his postdoctoral appointment, he utilized microelectrodes to study the application of chloroaluminate ionic liquids and high temperature molten salts as electrolytes for the electrodepostion of metals, alloys, and conducting polymers.

Dr. Carlin has published over 100 technical papers including 57 reviewed papers and one book chapter, and he is also co-inventor on 7 United State patents. He has given numerous presentations including invited talks at international venues in Japan, France, Turkey, Crete, and Scotland.

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