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

Ying Diao

Ying Diao

Thermal materials

David Flaherty

David Flaherty

Thermodynamics

Nishant Garg

Nishant Garg

Chemistry and materials

Andrew Gewirth

Andrew Gewirth

Electrochemistry

Damien Guironnet

Damien Guironnet

Catalysis

Paul Kenis

Paul Kenis

Microfuel cells and microreactors

Nenad Miljkovic

Nenad Miljkovic

Fluid mechanics and thermal sciences

Tom Rauchfuss

Tom Rauchfuss

Organometallic chemistry for clean fuels

Joaquin Rodriguez-Lopez

Joaquin Rodriguez-Lopez

Electrochemistry for energy storage materials

R. Mohan Sankaran

R. Mohan Sankaran

Nuclear, plasma, materials

André Schleife

André Schleife

Nanoscale science and technology

B.K. Sharma

B.K. Sharma

Biolubricants and alternative fuels

Moonsub Shim

Moonsub Shim

Nanoelectronics

Diwakar Shukla

Diwakar Shukla

Molecular engineering

Donna Caraway Willette

Donna Caraway Willette

Petroleum geochemistry

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