Advances 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.
ILLINOIS RESEARCH CENTERS
- Argonne Center for Electrochemical Energy Science
- Illinois Applied Research Institute (ARI)’s Accelerate Materials Research group
- Institute for Genomic Biology
- Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory
- International Center for Advanced Materials (ICAM)
- International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I²CNER)
- Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR)
- Novel High Voltage/Temperature Materials and Structures (HV/TMS)
- Nuclear Plasma and Radiological Engineering (NPRE) Department
ONGOING GRANTS & GRANT OPPORTUNITIES