The Weber group seeks to understand and optimize next-generation fuel-cell and related energy-conversion and energy-storage components and materials mainly through physics-based, multiscale modeling of cell behavior and advanced diagnostics of cell properties and phenomena. The work focuses on exploration of transport phenomena including charged and neutral species along with structure/function/property relationships of the essential components common to many of these technologies to improve device performance and durability.
Current research interests include:
- Mathematical modeling of the underlying physics at the cell and component level for polymer-electrolyte fuel cells at low temperatures
- Fuel-cell component degradation studies to increase cell durability
- Characterization of fuel-cell components including ionomer membranes, catalyst layers, and diffusion media
- Modeling and diagnostics studies for Fuel-Cell Performance and Durability (FC-PAD) consortium
- Examination of structure/function/property relationships of ion-conducting polymers and thin films
- Development of next-generation redox flow batteries
- Manufacturing metrology diagnostic development
- Modeling and simulation of solar-fuel generators being developed at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP)
The Weber group comprises a multidisciplinary team of electrochemists, chemical engineers, mechanical engineers, theorists, and material scientists. We have active collaborations between industry, academia, and national laboratories.