Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage

Dr. Wachsman's Fuel Cell

Recent News


New Battery Demonstrates “Sweet Spot” of Electrolyte Thickness and Composition

Two Maryland SOFC projects selected by the Department of Energy

Small Can Be Strong and Tough

Thin coatings controlled at atomic scale protect high performance lithium anodes

For Batteries, One Material Does It All

NIST Highlights Leite’s “Battery Perimortems"

Understanding Battery Failure in Realtime, at the Nanoscale

Redox Fuel Cell Technology Highlighted in Gigaom Tech


Faster Charging Technique Boosts Battery's Capacity

A Billion Holes Can Make a Battery

DOE Invests in UMERC Battery Research

UMERC's Advanced Energy Storage Technology Selected by NASA

Lithium-ion battery research profiled in DOE newsletter

UMD Professors Join Fuel Cell Projects Awarded Combined $11.4M

UMD Nets a DOE Award for Innovative Energy Research Projects

Room To Move: Spacing Graphite Layers Makes a Better Battery Anode

Hu, Wachsman Win Invention of the Year Award

International Association for Hydrogen Energy Honors Wachsman for Fuel Cell Research


Department of Energy - Energy Frontier Research Center

Nanostructures for Electrical Energy Storage

Center for Research on Extreme Batteries


Research Areas

  • 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