The primary research interests of the Electrochemical Energy Laboratory are centered on fundamental materials development and new processes in solving one of the most critical issues of our time, affordable and sustainable energy. In particular, we focus on electrochemical and photoelectrochemical energy generation and storage, solar energy conversion through photoelectrochemical reactions, ion-conductive membranes for electrochemical systems, nanostructured materials, CFD simulation of energy conversion devices, and in situ characterization of advanced batteries.
Current research activities include:
- Photoelectrochemical cells for efficient solar energy storage.
- Developing guanidinium based anion exchange membranes for alkaline fuel cells that are potentially more efficient and cost-effective while also offering better conductivity, durability, and efficiency, compared to their acidic counterparts.
- Synthesis and studies of hollow core-shell Au-based nanoparticles for improved electrochemical activity toward formic acid oxidation, and tuning the long-distance electronic coupling between the core and shell metals.
- Investigating 2D nanomaterials with core-shell structure to improve lithium-ion battery storage capacity and safety.
- In situ and operando study of phase transformation in lithium-ion battery materials during charge and discharge using micro-Raman and XRD.