Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage

Dr. Wachsman's Fuel Cell

  • Batteries
    DOE sponsored Energy Frontier Research Center is leading the way at applying nano-technology to advanced batteries and supercapacitors
  • Alkaline Fuel Cells
    As one of the first fuel cell technologies developed, alkaline fuel cells have been widely used in the U.S. space program.  UMERC research includes increasing the efficiency of alkaline fuel cells through innovative use of alkaline anion exchange membranes.
  • Microbial Fuel Cells
    By combining nanotechnology and microbial organisms to convert chemical energy to electricity, UMERC research investigates innovative solutions to create a sustainable energy/water nexus. 
  • PEM Fuel Cells
    Working with Ballard, UMERC is also developing the fuel processing technology necessary for Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells to also utilize conventional fuels as well as hydrogen
  • Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
    UMERC's fuel flexible, Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technology can operate on natural gas, biofuel, gasoline, and yes even hydrogen, and has achieved record power densities of 2 W/cm2