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 (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.
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.