Materials for Energy Applications

We are interested in developing novel materials and processes for efficient and cost-effective energy conversion and energy storage. Our research activities center on low cost, one step synthesis and fabrication of the electrodes with a novel structures, in situ characterization, and multi-scale modeling of membranes, thin films, gradient porosity, and nanostructured electrodes with heterogeneous surfaces and interfaces, aiming at achieving rational design of materials and structures with unique functionalities for efficient energy storage and conversion. Our focus is on fundamental understanding of the effect of structure, defects, and microstructure on transport and electrical properties of surfaces and interfaces. In our studies we are addressing performance and life prognosis, the durability study under real environments (i.e., high current, low humidity, presents of contaminants in fuel and air etc.) aging, material state changes, and long term behavior.

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Faculty Email Research Interests
C. Barry Carter
Professor
Email30x30 Interfaces & Defects; Metals, Ceramics, Materials and Semiconducters; Nanomaterials; TEM, SEM and AFM. Materials for Energy Products and Storage; MSE Education
Pu-Xian Gao
Associate Professor
Email30x30 Nanomaterials Synthesis, Characterization and Manipulation, Nanotechnology for Energy, Environmental and Biomedical Applications
Bryan D. Huey
Associate Professor and Director for Graduate Studies
Email30x30  Scanning Probe Microscopy, Photovoltaics, Data Storage Dynamics, Nano-Bio-Mechanics, Functional Ceramics
Radenka Maric
CT Clean Energy Fund Professor of Sustainable Energy
Email30x30 Novel Materials for High Temperature Fuel Cells
Rampi Ramprasad
Professor
Email30x30 Rational Materials Design Using First Principles and Data-driven Methods
Prabhakar Singh
Professor and Director of the Center for Clean Energy Engineering
Email30x30 High Temperature Materials, Oxidation and Corrosion, Electrochemistry, Solid Oxide Fuel Cells