Laboratory of Electrochemical Engineering
The Laboratory of Electrochemical Engineering (LEE), one of the youngest laboratories in the department, is one of the few research groups in the country involved in the development of electrochemical energy conversion and storage systems. The group takes on the technological challenges of finding efficient and sustainable energy supply that can meet the demands of mankind while preserving the environment. Basic understanding of electrochemistry, physical chemistry, and catalysis are used in the development of renewable sources of energy (fuel cell systems), conversion and storage energy devices (batteries), clean water production (capacitive deionization), and environmental process technology (CO2-to-fuel conversion).
Currently, the laboratory is involved in the following research fields:
- Electro-reduction of carbon dioxide to formic acid using nanostructured tin oxide catalyst
- Synthesis of platinum-nickel catalysts for oxidation in direct ethylene glycol fuel cells
- Synthesis of palladium-nickel catalysts for oxidation in direct ethanol fuel cells
As the laboratory grows, LEE will become a dedicated incubator of new ideas that increasingly blur the lines between the chemical and electrical engineering worlds. LEE will focus on the research and development of novel materials and systems for more efficient electrochemical technologies in energy, health, and environmental applications. Hence, the scientists and engineers working in LEE must be adept in chemical engineering, material science, electrochemistry, and catalysis.