From materials discovery to optimizing the performance and manufacturing of energy-active devices and supporting materials, our research is leading the field of materials for energy. We’re advancing the materials used for photovoltaics for enhanced lifetime performance, developing new thin films, optimizing the way solar power is concentrated, advancing energy storage needs with improvements to Lithium ion and flow batteries, enhancing the reliability of fuel cells, developing ceramic materials for improved energy efficiency, updating the use of natural gas for energy-efficient systems, advancing fabrication techniques to increase the fuel efficiency of vehicles, leveraging the properties of new materials such as magnets for their potential role in energy devices, and more.
We’re also incorporating modern data analytical tools to improve the energy efficiency, sustainability and functionality of all the materials systems embedded in modern living. We’re assessing the abilities of materials designed to convert energy, and making structural materials more capable of functioning in extreme environments such as on wind turbines and in nuclear reactors. From the specifics of one material used in one energy device to the whole power generation system, we’re engaged in the full spectrum of materials energy advancements.
Institutes, centers and labs related to Materials For Energy Conversion and Storage
Faculty who conduct research in Materials For Energy Conversion and Storage
deformation mechanisms of metals and metal-matrix composites; fatigue, fracture, and creep; failure analysis; electron microscopy; 3D microscopy; novel methodologies for multi-scale material characterization; data science and analytics; open science
Analyzes performance of ceramics in energy applications, including fuel cells and oxygen transport membranes
Studies and engineers microstructures, interfaces and surfaces of metallic materials by novel methods of processing and microcharacterization
Applies data science and analytics to energy and materials science research problems
Develops process engineering solutions for the manufacturing of new magnetic materials
Develops new materials through exploitation of interfaces to control functionality and exploration of multi-functionality for energy-related applications
Develops new processing methods and designs for energy storage and optimized materials
Investigates phase transformations and materials processing, especially their impact on structure and properties of materials