Many of the technological advances, renewable energy sources, and other "green" technologies we look forward to will hinge upon on advances in battery technology. The study of electrochemistry in the framework of materials science is essential to the innovations required to produce powerful fuel cell, battery, and power generation capabilities.
Electrochemistry Research at Penn State
MatSE faculty and researches are involved in electrochemistry research and applications through the Electrochemical Engine Center (ECEC) and the Earth and Mineral Sciences Energy Institute. The EMS Energy Institute's Electrochemical Technologies Program promotes and facilitates the use of electrochemical probes and systems important for society, particularly fuel cells; nuclear, fossil fuel, and geothermal power generation; hydrothermal synthesis of new materials; and supercritical water oxidation of hazardous wastes. The ECEC is now divided into fuel cell, battery, hybrid-design, MEA fabrication, parallel computing and modeling labs, totaling more than 5,000 square feet of space.