As the world-wide demand for energy is expected to continue to increase at a rapid rate, it is critical that improved technologies for sustainably producing, converting and storing energy are developed. Materials are key roadblocks to improved performance in a number of important energy technologies including energy storage in batteries and supercapacitors and energy conversion through solar cells, fuel cells, and thermoelectric devices. The University of Texas at Austin is an internationally recognized leader in the development of clean energy materials.
Associated Graduate Program Faculty
Synthesis and characterization of organic photovoltaic materials; structure-property relationships in organic photovoltaic materials.
Goodenough, John B.
Relationships between the chemistry, structure and electrical properties of solids; materials for solid oxide fuel cells; lithium ion battery electrode materials.
Johnston, Keith P.
Mesoporous nanocomposites for catalysis and energy storage; supercapacitors; batteries and fuel cells; CO2-enhanced oil recovery and sequestration using novel surfactants and nanoparticles.
Korgel, Brian A.
Self-assembly, fabrication and characterization of nanostructures for applications in photovoltaics.
Materials processing and manufacturing, particularly multifunctional nanomaterials, biomaterials, and biomedical micro devices; biomedical micro devices for 3D cell culture and drug delivery, polymer nano foams and nanocomposites for multifunctional applications, nanoporous materials for energy storage, and manufacturing processes for alternative transportation energy.
Materials theory and simulations related with electronics, optoelectronics, energy conversion and energy storage (e.g. transistors, solar cells, batteries/ supercapacitors, electro/photoelectro-catalysis), with particular interest in emerging materials such as 2D materials and topological materials.
Mechanics of thin films on compliant substrates, mechanics of flexible electronics with extreme deformability and compliance, mechanics at bio-electronics interfaces, development of novel bio-integrated soft electronics for cardiac, neural and epidermal applications.
Development of low-cost, efficient materials for rechargeable batteries, fuel cells, solar cells, and supercapacitors; novel chemical synthesis and processing approaches; nanomaterials and nanocomposites; fundamental understanding of structure-property-performance relationships of materials.
Mullins, C. Buddie
Growth and characterization of films with applications in photoelectrocatalysis for the production of fuels from sunlight; discovery and characterization of electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries.
Synthesis and fundamental material properties to device and system-level applications, including thermal and electrochemical energy storage, thermoelectric energy conversion and refrigeration, solar energy utilization, catalytic conversion.
Ultrafast optical spectroscopy to detect and control phonon/electron dynamics in thermoelectrics, photovoltaics and interfacial systems for applications in waste-heat recovery, solar cells and batteries; thermal-physical property characterization in nano-devices.
Nanostructure-enabled energy storage and conversion devices: next-generation lithium batteries, electrochemical supercapacitors, thermoelectric devices, microbial fuel cells.