Dr. Eric Wachsman

Eric D. Wachsman, Ph.D.
Director, Maryland Energy Innovation Institute and 
William L. Crentz Centennial Chair in Energy Research
Vice-President, Electrochemical Society
1206A Engineering Lab Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-2115
Phone: 301-405-8193

Eric Wachsman

Dr. Eric D Wachsman, an expert on solid oxide batteries and 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.

Dr. Wachsman is a Fellow of both The Electrochemical Society (ECS) and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS). He is curently the Vice-President of ECS and Chairs the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Subcommittee and the National Capitol Section, while also serving on the Board of Directors of ECS.  In addition, he is Editor-in-Chief of Ionics, on the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports, Energy Systems, and Energy Technology, and a member of the American Chemical Society, the International Society for Solid State Ionics, and the Materials Research Society.

Wachsman has focused his career on developing advanced, efficient, energy conversion devices and technologies. His research is on ionic transport in solids and the heterogeneous electrocatalysis at their surface. This research includes the development of solid oxide fuel cells, gas separation membranes, solid-state gas sensors, the electrocatalytic conversion of CH4, and the post-combustion reduction of NOx using advanced ion conducting materials.

The Wachsman lab is at the forefront of renewable energy research involving high temperature ceramics. Dr. Wachsman's advances in fundamental ionic transport and electrocatalysis have revolutionized solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), ion transport membranes, and solid state sensors. SOFCs 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.

These technologies are on the verge of commercialization and changing the landscape of energy. The deployment and continued development of these devices will increase the flexibility of how and when energy is used and decrease the price.

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.

Recent Honors and Awards

  • Vice President of The Electrochemical Society - 2018
  • World Academy of Ceramics - 2017
  • Carl Wagner Memorial Award of 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, UMD Office of Technology Licensing
  • Fellow of The American Ceramic Society - 2012
  • Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition Award - 2012
  • HTM Outstanding Achievement Award of The Electrochemical Society - 2012
  • Fellow of The Electrochemical Society - 2008