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Wachsman, Eric

Wachsman, Eric

Professor
Director, Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
William L. Crentz Centennial Chair in Energy Research
Distinguished University Professor
President, Electrochemical Society
Fellow, American Ceramic Society
Fellow, Electrochemical Society
Materials Science and Engineering
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
1206A Engineering Lab Building

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Stanford University, 1990

BACKGROUND

Dr. Eric D Wachsman, an expert on solid state batteries and solid oxide fuel cells, is the Director of the Maryland Energy Innovation Institute (MEI2), and the William L. Crentz Centennial Chair in Energy Research with appointments in both the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford University, and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

Before joining the University of Maryland, he spearheaded the creation of the Florida Institute on Sustainable Energy at the University of Florida, and served as a senior scientist at SRI International.

His research is focused on solid ion-conducting materials and electrocatalysts, including the development of solid state batteries, solid oxide fuel cells and electrolysis cells, ion-transport membranes, and solid state gas sensors, with over 270 publications and 35 patents/patent applications. To date, three companies have been founded based on these technologies.

He has contributed to the next generation of electrochemists having graduated 34 PhD and 30 MS students, supervised 38 postdocs and research scientists, and mentored several junior faculty. Of these, three have gone on to receive ECS awards. His involvement with students includes founding and serving as Faculty Advisor for ECS student chapters at both the University of Florida and the University of Maryland, with the Maryland chapter winning Outstanding ECS Student Chapter Awards in 2013 and 2017, and ECS Student Chapter of Excellence in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Dr. Wachsman is a frequent invited panelist on fuel cell and hydrogen energy research, ranging from the US Department of Energy “Fuel Cell Report to Congress” and “Basic Research Needs Related to High Temperature Electrochemical Devices for Hydrogen Production, Storage and Use,” to the National Science Foundation “Workshop on Fundamental Research Needs in Ceramics,” NATO “Mixed Ionic-Electronic Conducting (MIEC) Perovskites for Advanced Energy Systems,” and the National Academies “Global Dialogues on Emerging Science and Technologies.” He also serves on numerous boards and was appointed by the Governor to the Board of Directors of the Maryland Clean Energy Center. He is a Fellow of The Electrochemical Society (2008) and the American Ceramic Society (2012), and an elected member of the World Academy of Ceramics (2017). 

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Distinguished University Profess, 2021
  • World Academy of Ceramics, 2017
  • Carl Wagner Memorial Award, The Electrochemical Society, 2017
  • Sir William Grove Award, International Association for Hydrogen Energy, 2014
  • Pfeil Award, The Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining, 2014
  • Outstanding Invention of 2013, University of Maryland, Office of Technology Licensing
  • Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition Award, 2012
  • HTM Outstanding Achievement Award, The Electrochemical Society, 2012
  • Fellow of The American Ceramic Society, 2012
  • Fellow of The Electrochemical Society, 2008
  • Rhines Chair Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, 2008-2009
  • University of Florida Research Foundation Professor, 2005-2008
  • Materials Science & Engineering Faculty Excellence Award, 2007-2008
  • Materials Research Society, Top 5 Hot Talks/Cool Papers, Spring 2007 Meeting
  • University of Florida Faculty Achievement, 2007
  • NASA Johnson Space Center Achievement Award, 2007
  • Materials Science & Engineering Faculty Excellence Award, 2006-2007
  • Materials Science & Engineering Faculty Excellence Award, 2005-2006
  • Materials Science & Engineering Faculty Excellence Award, 2004-2005
  • Progress in Ceramic Basic Science: Challenge Toward the 21st Century, The Basic Science Division, The Ceramic Society of Japan, 1996
  • Xerox Achievement Award, 1984

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Board of Directors, The Electrochemical Society
  • Board of Directors, Maryland Clean Energy Center
  • Councilor, Florida Section of the American Ceramic Society
  • Past chair, ECS High Temperature Materials Division
  • American Chemical Society
  • Editor-in-chief, Ionics
  • Former associate editor, Journal of the American Ceramic Society
  • International Society for Solid State Ionics
  • Materials Research Society

 

Research Interests include:
Solid State Batteries, Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, Ion Transport Membranes and Solid State Sensors

For more information on Dr. Wachsman's research groups, click here.


The Wachsman research lab  is developing ceramic materials and processing methods to enable high-power, solid-state, lithium-ion batteries. Conventional lithium-ion batteries contain liquids that necessitate the use of heavy, protective components. By contrast, this technology uses no liquids and offers greater abuse tolerance and reducing weight. Dr. Wachsman's technology also has the potential to help reduce manufacturing costs using scalable, ceramic fabrication techniques that does not require dry rooms or vacuum equipment. 

Dr. Wachsman's advances in fundamental ionic transport and electrocatalysis have revolutionized solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC's), ion transport membranes, and solid state sensors. SOFC's convert fuels directly into electricity, water and CO2, offering exciting applications in utility scale and automobile energy storage. Ion transport membranes are key to syn gas production systems. Solid state sensors provide an inexpensive, rugged sensor that offers a high temperature tolerance and long life span in applications such as NOx detection in combustion exhaust.

The research significantly contributes to the long-term goals of renewable energy, energy storage, fuel flexibility, and low emissions.

For detailed project descriptions, please visit Professor Wachsman's web site

For a complete list of publications, please visit Professor Wachsman's web site

Recent Publications

286. "Effects of surface chemical potentials on cation segregation", Ostrovskiy, Eugene and Huang, Yi-Lin and Wachsman, Eric D., J. Mater. Chem. A (2021), Vol. 9, pp. 1593-1602, DOI:10.1039/D0TA08850A.

285. "Amorphous-Carbon-Coated 3D Solid Electrolyte for an Electro-Chemomechanically Stable Lithium Metal Anode in Solid-State Batteries", Hua Xie, Chunpeng Yang, Yaoyu Ren, Shaomao Xu, Tanner R. Hamann, Dennis Wayne McOwen, Eric D. Wachsman, and Liangbing Hu, Nano Letters 2021 21 (14), 6163-6170, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.1c01748

284. "Transition from perovskite to misfit-layered structure materials: a highly oxygen deficient and stable oxygen electrode catalyst", Saqib, Muhammad and Choi, In-Gyu and Bae, Hohan and Park, Kwangho and Shin, Ji-Seop and Kim, You-Dong and Lee, John-In and Jo, Minkyeong and Kim, Yeong-Cehol and Lee, Kug-Seung and Song, Sun-Ju and Wachsman, Eric D. and Park, Jun-Young, Energy and Environmental Science, 2021, Vol. 14, pp. 2472-2484, DOI: 10.1039/D0EE02799E

283. "Computation-guided discovery of coating materials to stabilize the interface between lithium garnet solid electrolyte and high-energy cathodes for all-solid-state lithium batteries", Adelaide M. Nolan, Eric D. Wachsman, and Yifei Mo, Energy Storage Materials, 2021, Vol. 41, pp. 571-580, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ensm.2021.06.027

282. "Controlling exsolution with a charge-balanced doping approach", Samuel A. Horlick, Yi-Lin Huang, Ian A. Robinson, Eric D. Wachsman, Nano Energy, Volume 87, 2021,



ISSN 2211-2855, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nanoen.2021.106193

281. “Methane-to-Aromatics in a Gas Recycle Methane Reactor/Hydrogen Membrane Separator,” M. Sakbodin, E. Schulman, Y. Pan, E.D. Wachsman, and D. Liu, Catalysis Today, on-line https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cattod.2020.06.028 (2021).

 

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Power grid failures in a changing climate

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MEI² Receives Two New Innovative Vehicle Technology Awards

DOE Awards UMD/MEI$2M for Advance Battery Technology

MEI2 Launches First Start-Up in Incubator

Maryland Energy Innovation Institute officially launched its first start-up company, Ion Storage Systems.

UMD/MEI2 Energy Innovation Featured at ARPA-E 2019

ARPA-E Marks 10 Years of Technology Innovation

UMD Energy Start-Up receives $8M investment

Ion Storage Systems partnering with Alsop Louie

Energy Start Up Places 3rd in Battery Competition

Ion Storage Systems one of 5 outstanding finalists in LG Chem Battery Challenge

Investing in Innovative Energy Technologies

2019 Energy Innovation Seed Grants awarded

Wachsman and Wang “Battery 500” Awards selected for Phase II

DOE greenlights 2 UMD awards in second round

MEI2 Awards $5K to Local Start-Up at 2018 Clean Energy Summit

Ion Storage Systems wins Innovation Showcase

Wachsman provides expert voice on Axios

Solid-state battery tech gaining momentum with automaker investments

Wachsman and group overcome high resistance, low capacity solid-state battery barriers

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UMD ARPA-E Innovations transitioning to commercial reality

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UMD Energy Innovation Technologies dominate

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2018 Engineering Sustainability Day

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Legislators, University Administrators Gather to Launch Maryland Energy Innovation Institute

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ChBE Researchers Develop Clean, Efficient Method of Natural Gas Conversion

Sakbodin, Liu and Wachsman have created a membrane reactor that converts methane gas into more valuable material.

Wachsman Recipient of 2017 Carl Wagner Memorial Award

Electrochemical Society honors UMD's Eric Wacshman

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7th Annual Engineering Sustainability Day focuses on Energy Storage

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UMERC exhibits large presence at 2017 DOE ARPA-E Energy Summit

UMERC  confirms its role as a leader in energy research, development, and innovation.

Gov Hogan Announces UMD’s Role in $65M Environmental Agenda

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has announced $7.5 million in funding to create the Green Energy Institute.

UMD Researchers Find Ultra-thin Solution to Primary Obstacle in Solid-State Battery Development

Clark School researchers are developing game-changing solid-state battery technology

Energy Research Center battery highlighted on CBS This Morning

CBS featured UMD innovative energy research on its national morning news show.

DOE Awards $1.25M to UMERC Researchers to Develop Safer, Better Batteries

The Department of Energy awards UMD research on safer, better Lithium-ion battery technology as part of a $137 million investment in vehicle efficiency.

Fourth Consecutive Win for UMD Electrochemical Society Student Chapter

University of Maryland Electrochemical Society Students win Student Chapter Award for the fourth year in a row.

UMERC Director Keynote Speaker at Battery Safety Conference in November

UMERC Director Eric Wachsman will deliver the Keynote Presentation at the 7th Annual Battery Safety Conference, Nov 3-4, 2016.

UMD has Largest University Showing at 2016 ARPA-E Summit

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Hu wins 2015 Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award

Shows "promise [for] significant and lasting impact" in nanoscience

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University of Maryland Electrochemical Society Students win Student Chapter Award for the third year in a row.

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University of Maryland Researchers Accept NASA Mission: Build a Better Battery for Space Exploration

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Undergraduate presented work conducted at the University of Maryland Energy Research Center.

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Professor describes how each relies on, and is affected by, the other.

Hu, Leite Named Outstanding Engineer and Scientist of the Year (VIDEO)

Materials Science professors receive awards from the Md. Academy of Sciences and Md. Science Center.

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Worth $4.7 million, the projects team Maryland faculty and companies to bring products closer to market.

DOE Invests in UMERC Battery Research

The Energy Department selects UMERC’s solid-state Li-ion battery research to advance efficient vehicle technologies

UMERC's Advanced Energy Storage Technology Selected by NASA

Energy storage research at UMERC has been selected by NASA to potentially power future space missions.

Using Solar Energy to Make Safer Drinking Water

Wachsman Wins Pfeil Award for work on new photocatalyst.

Hu, Wachsman Win Invention of the Year Award

MSE/UMERC professors team with U. Calgary to create advanced Li-ion batteries.

UMD Joins Partnership to End Water Insecurity

UMD is one of only six university members that will collaborate on solutions that demonstrate U.S. leadership on international water issues.

25 Kilowatts in a Redox Box: Affordable Fuel Cell, Cheaper Power

MIT Technology Review highlights Wachsman's plan to reduce grid strain and energy costs.

UMD Researchers Awarded Two ARPA-E Grants for Electric Vehicle Energy Storage Systems

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UMD Energy Innovations Featured Prominently in the News

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Meet the Potential Future of Electricity Generation

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Electrochemical Society Student Chapter Wins Chapter Award

Young group named ECS' first Outstanding Student Chapter.

Second ARCS Fellowship for Gore

Award supports grad student's continuing development of fuel cell technology.

Wachsman Talks Fuel Cells on "Ceramic Tech Today" (VIDEO)

American Ceramic Society blog features talk on role of solid oxide fuel cells in nation's energy strategy.

Eric Wachsman Chosen as Solar 2013 Conference Chair

Wachsman joins distinguised panel of advisory members.

Wachsman Wins Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition Award

Energy Center director honored for work to commercialize fuel cells.

Wachsman Elected Fellow

American Ceramic Society honors professor's work in fuel cell development.

Wachsman Pioneers Transformational Energy Technology

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Wachsman Tapped for Grid Reliability Panel

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Wachsman Receives Outstanding Achievement Award

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2012 Energy Research Fellows Announced

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Recent press release gets attention from Scientific American, others.

Want Fuel Cells? Think Outside the Hydrogen Tank

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Energy Center Celebrates Grand Opening

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Gov. O'Malley Taps Wachsman for Clean Energy Board

UMERC director appointed to Board of Directors of the Maryland Clean Energy Center.

Wachsman on Fuel Cells Chosen for ACS Bulletin Cover Story

Article discusses current deployment, development challenges.

Electric Chevrolet Volt Visits Clark School

Raffled test drives, presentations put focus on technology and sustainability.

Wachsman to Deliver Pennergy Lecture

UMERC director invited to participate in UPenn's prestigious energy colloquium.

Clark School Names First UMERC Director

Fuel cell expert, national panelist Eric Wachsman to lead energy research efforts.

  • American Ceramic Society, 2012

  • Electrochemical Society, 2008