Our researchers focus on advancing the knowledge in the design and development of next-generation energy storage systems to enable the transition toward a carbon-neutral electricity grid. The projects aim to address pressing technical challenges seen in various electrochemical energy storage technologies, including Li-ion batteries, redox flow batteries and hydrogen production from water electrolysis to enhanced their widespread adoption and increase the utilization of renewable sources. The work is The work is supported by funding from industry partners and government agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), and the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

Active Research Highlights

    • The “Virtual Lab” for Catalysis in Sustainability develops innovative strategies to produce renewable energy, fuel, chemicals, and energy storage solutions via the computational design of efficient thermo- and electro-catalytic processes. 
    • The Ryan Research Lab works in various interdisciplinary areas and includes research on catalytic Hydrogen production for fuel-celled electric vehicles
    • The Advanced Energy Materials Laboratory (Lam Research Group) combines predictive simulation, data analytics and informed experiments to accelerate the development of materials in nuclear and other energy applications. This group combines atomistic insights with component level multi-physics simulation to support the development of new energy systems.
    • The Electrochemical Energy Systems and Transport Laboratory (E2STL) works to advance the design and development of flow-assisted electrochemical systems, including but not limited to battery components and processes, for addressing the global challenges in energy and water applications. 
    • The Environmental Interface Chemistry Lab is focused on reactions at the water-mineral interface, as mineral solids are ubiquitous in the aquatic environment and water treatment systems. They are interested in understanding reactions catalyzed by earth-abundant mineral surfaces and harnessing their reactivity for pollution abatement and sustainable management of the aquatic environment.
    • The Ross Lab is focused on fundamental and applied science at metal-molecule interfaces and in materials constructed across multiple length scales. They focus on functional materials where unique chemical and physical phenomena emerge, and their approach is interdisciplinary, drawing from materials and analytical chemistry, data-driven computation, and materials science.
    • The Fabric Discovery Center is one of our Core Research Facilities, and their research space is dedicated to the design, prototyping, pilot manufacturing and testing of high-tech fabrics, flexible electronics and medical textiles.