Energy Infrastructure, Storage and Devices
Our faculty are involved in many aspects of energy production, distribution, and storage with crosscutting research in a number of scientific and engineering areas. Energy storage systems are based on mechanical, electromagnetic, and electrochemical principles.
High-strength composites are being developed for fly wheels that have high spin rates and extreme inertial forces. The mechanical degradation of high-energy battery electrodes are fundamentally linked to mechanical deformation during the charge-discharge cycle.
New capacitor structures are being developed for pulse power and power electronic systems with high energy densities, fast discharge times, and reliable operation under harsh environments. The electrochemistry of the corrosion processes of gas and oil pipelines are also being studied.
ESM faculty, post docotoral, and graduate students work closely with scientists and engineers from industry and government, and many of these institutions provide employment opportunities for our students after graduation.