Research in the department is sponsored by a variety of state and federal agencies, by private industry, and by foundations. Current active research topics include:

Energy Conversion and Storage

  • Fuel cells
  • Batteries
  • Supercapacitors
  • Transport/structure properties of polymer electrolytes for fuel cell applications
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Photovoltaics

Electrochemical Devices

  • Electrochemical sensors
  • Implantable electrochemical devices
  • Electrochemical reactor design
  • Electrode processes
  • Metallization of semiconductor devices by plating

Biomedical Applications of Chemical Engineering

  • Cell/cellular transport processes in inflammation
  • Tissue engineering
  • Wound healing
  • Neurosensing and neural stimulation
  • Engineering of surfaces for sensing applications
  • Implantable electrochemical devices
  • BioMEMS and biosensors
  • Dental implants
  • Drug delivery

Diamond and Diamond-like Materials

  • Chemical vapor deposition of diamond
  • Electrochemistry on diamond
  • Conductive diamond films

Design and Synthesis of Advanced Materials

  • Growth of single-crystal Group III nitrides
  • Plasma and plasma processing
  • Nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanowires
  • Molecular electronics Electrochemical synthesis of alloys and compounds
  • Microvascular constructs
  • Functional polymers and composites

Processing and Characterization of Novel Materials

  • Nanomaterials and polymer nanocomposites
  • Development of responsive additives for particle clusters
  • Electronic materials
  • Surface and colloidal phenomena
  • Surfactant and polymer solutions
  • NMR spectroscopy and imaging
  • Light scattering/spectroscopy

Advanced Separation Methods

  • Enhanced oil recovery
  • Ultrasonically assisted sorting and collection of small particles
  • Haemodialysis
  • Electrochemical and membrane separations
  • Nanoporous materials

Simulation and Modeling

  • Mathematical modeling of engineering processes
  • Molecular simulation, statistical mechanics
  • Triboelectric charging
  • Light scattering and laser anemometry
  • Data acquisition, statistical analyses
  • Current distributions/electrochemical systems
  • Redox equilibria
  • Biomimetics
  • Monolayer dynamics
  • Stochastic processes
  • Electrode structures