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CHEMISTRY

09-en-chemistryAdvances in chemistry and electrochemistry are fundamental to progress in several aspects of energy generation, storage, transmission and conservation.

Fundamental advances in electrochemistry at the University of Illinois are paving the way for the next generation of advanced batteries and fuel cells.

 

Areas of Research Focus

Breakthroughs by Illinois researchers in different areas of chemistry will help make energy systems — from generation to end user — more sustainable, efficient, and environmentally friendly.

Some specific project examples:

  • Metal surfaces in electrochemical environments.
  • Next-generation batteries.
  • Electrocatalysis (PEM fuel cells).
  • O2 reduction electrocatalysis.
  • Molecular structure at electrified interfaces.
  • Chemistry for carbon-neutral energy.
  • Lead-free organo-metal halide photovoltaics.
  • Electrolyte degradation in nickel-iron batteries for stationary storage applications.
  • Catalytic upgrades of bio crude oils to refinery-ready crude oils.
  • Use of bio crude oils in asphalt binders
  • Conversion of plastic oils/waste vegetable oils to industrial lubricants.

Researchers

Narayana Aluru

Narayana Aluru

Electrical and chemical engineering; materials science

MechSE Dept profile

Beckman Institute page

Illinois Experts page

Ying Diao

Ying Diao

Thermal materials

ChBE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

David Flaherty

David Flaherty

Thermodynamics

ChBE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Andrew Gewirth

Andrew Gewirth

Electrochemistry

Chemistry Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Damien Guironnet

Damien Guironnet

Catalysis

ChBE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer

Electrocatalysis

Chemistry Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Junhua Jiang

Junhua Jiang

Electrochemical processes

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center profile

Paul Kenis

Paul Kenis

Microfuel cells and microreactors

ChBE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Ben McCall

Ben McCall

Molecular ion spectroscopy

Chemistry Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Nenad Miljkovic

Nenad Miljkovic

Fluid mechanics and thermal sciences

MechSE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Tom Rauchfuss

Tom Rauchfuss

Organometallic chemistry for clean fuels

Chemistry Dept profile

Lab page

Joaquin Rodriguez-Lopez

Joaquin Rodriguez-Lopez

Electrochemistry for energy storage materials

Chemistry Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

André Schleife

André Schleife

Nanoscale science and technology

MatSE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

B.K. Sharma

B.K. Sharma

Biolubricants and alternative fuels

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center profile

Illinois Experts page

Moonsub Shim

Moonsub Shim

Nanoelectronics

MatSE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Diwakar Shukla

Diwakar Shukla

Molecular engineering

ChBE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Donna Caraway Willette

Donna Caraway Willette

Petroleum geochemistry

Illinois State Geological Survey profile

Yang Zhang

Yang Zhang

Nuclear engineering

MatSE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

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