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MATERIALS

07-en-materialsAt the heart of every sustainability, energy, or environmental issue lies a materials challenge. Materials are the building blocks of all devices providing energy conversion and storage, energy harvesting, and environmental remediation. Advances in new materials, materials design and discovery, and materials synthesis and processing will play a key role in bringing about a sustainable future for the world in clean electricity, clean transportation fuels, and clean access to water and food.

 

Areas of Research Focus

At the University of Illinois, researchers are engaged in a broad spectrum of cutting-edge research in materials, from design and optimization, to synthesis and processing, to characterization, and beyond. From materials for inexpensive and abundant solar photovoltaics, clean hydrogen fuel production, environmental remediation, to materials for next generation nuclear reactors and high efficiency turbines, research at the Illinois is finding materials solutions to address key global challenges in energy, environment, and sustainability.

Some specific projects:

  • New materials synthesis and processing.
  • High-temperature materials.
  • Solar energy harvesting materials: photovoltaics, photocatalysis.
  • Waste heat harvesting materials: thermoelectrics.
  • Energy storage materials: clean production of hydrogen.
  • Catalysis materials for reduction of carbon dioxide.
  • Materials for energy conversion: fuel cells, etc.
  • Energy materials at the nanoscale.
  • Radiation resistant materials, materials for next generation nuclear reactors.
  • Computational materials discovery and modeling.
  • Nanowire tandem solar cells and solar water splitting.
  • Electromagnetic shielding, electrical cables, material properties.
  • Thin-film inorganic solar cells and thin-film flexible LEDs.
  • X-ray tomography of Si- and Sn- based high capacity battery electrodes.
  • Digital volume correlation for internal strain measurements in battery electrodes.
  • Self-reporting and autonomous stabilization strategies at electrochemical interfaces.

Researchers

Ange-Therese Akono

Ange-Therese Akono

Efficient energy systems

CEE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Can Bayram

Can Bayram

Microelectronics and photonics

ECE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Joe A. Bradley

Joe A. Bradley

Product development and design

Business at Illinois profile

David G. Cahill

David G. Cahill

Thermal materials

MatSE Dept profile

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

Laura Greene

Laura Greene

Superconductivity

Physics Dept profile

Lab page

Tony Grift

Tony Grift

Biomass production

ABE Dept profile

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

Harley Johnson

Harley Johnson

Electronics and photonics

MechSE Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Kyekyoon Kim

Kyekyoon Kim

Microelectronics and photonics

ECE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Waltraud M. Kriven

Waltraud M. Kriven

Mechanical properties and materials

MatSE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Jessica Krogstad

Jessica Krogstad

Materials structure and durability

MatSE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Xiuling Li

Xiuling Li

Nanotechnology and photovoltaics

ECE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Bruce Elliott-Litchfield

Bruce Elliott-Litchfield

Stored solar energy

ABE Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Nenad Miljkovic

Nenad Miljkovic

Fluid mechanics and thermal sciences

MechSE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Jeffrey Moore

Jeffrey Moore

Polymeric materials

Chemistry Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Ralph Nuzzo

Ralph Nuzzo

Photovoltaics and catalysis

Chemistry Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O'Brien

Traditional and alternative energies

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center profile

Illinois Experts page

Martin Ostoja-Starzewski

Martin Ostoja-Starzewski

Thermomechanics

Mechanical Science Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts 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

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Illinois Experts page

Edmund Seebauer

Edmund Seebauer

Semiconductors

ChBE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Moonsub Shim

Moonsub Shim

Nanoelectronics

MatSE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith

Fluid dynamics and thermal sciences

MechSE Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Petros Sofronis

Petros Sofronis

Hydrogen materials compatability

MechSE Dept profile

I2CNER profile

Illinois Experts page

Nancy R. Sottos

Nancy R. Sottos

Materials for extreme conditions

MatSE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Alexander Vakakis

Alexander Vakakis

Controls and dynamics

MechSE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

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