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Energy Storage and Conversion

Research activities in the area of Energy Storage and Conversion focus on novel material synthesis for energy storage and conversion applications. Nanomaterials with unique microstructures and properties for Li-ion batteries, Na-ion batteries, redox flow batteries, hydrogen storage materials, solid oxide fuel cells and thermoelectric materials are designed and synthesized through various novel synthesis and processing methods, including integrated mechanical and thermal activation (IMTA), co-precipitation, sol-gel processing, hydrothermal synthesis, solid state reaction, and sintering. The novel materials obtained have enabled high specific capacity, fast charging rate and long cycle life for Li-ion batteries, Na-ion batteries and redox flow batteries as well as near room-temperature hydrogen release from hydrogen storage materials with high capacity.

Hamid Arastoopour
Henry R. Linden Professor of Engineering; Director of the Wanger Institute for Sustainability and Energy Research (WISER)
Expertise: Transport phenomena of multiphase systems and fluidization; energy and sustainability-related research; computational fluid dynamics (CFD) applications to energy conversion and carbon capture processes; wind energy; production of natural gas from unconventional gas reserves and hydrates; and energy/ water/food nexus

Wei Chen 
Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Expertise: Computational materials science, density functional theory, materials informatics

Leon L. Shaw 
Professor of Materials Engineering; Rowe Family Endowed Chair Professor in Sustainable Energy
Expertise: Advanced materials synthesis and processing; solid freeform fabrication; hydrogen storage materials; electrochemical capacitors; Li- and Na-ion batteries; redox flow batteries; solid oxide fuel cells

Heng Wang
Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Expertise: Thermoelectrics, semiconductor physics, charge and heat transport