Energy and batteries
Wayne State has long been committed to discovering technologies that further worldwide energy conservation goals, lessen reliance on fossil fuels, leverage sustainable and renewable sources of power, and promise higher capacity at a lower cost. With expertise in chemistry, microscopy and synthesis techniques, researchers are investigating alternative fuels and next-generation energy storage systems that could have a profound effect on everything from automobiles to wearable assistive technologies.
Faculty and students across several departments in the College of Engineering are advancing battery and energy technology. The Nikolla Research Group focuses on studying issues related to catalysis and electrocatalysis for energy conversion and storage systems such as fuel cells, electrolyzers and batteries. The Arava Research Group is interested in fundamental electrochemical principles underlying in energy systems, designing a variety of nanomaterials and furthering the understanding of transport phenomena, electrode kinetics and electrocatalytic activity.