The Oregon Center for Electrochemistry is dedicated to attacking high-impact basic and applied science challenges that improve the human condition. We are particularly interested in the science underlying sustainable energy technologies.
Mission: We aim to educate the next generation of leaders in electrochemical science and technology through a world-class program of fundamental and applied research, unique immersive electrochemical science and engineering coursework, and a network of industry, national laboratory, and academic partners.
Strategy: We work to create a ecosystem that combines university research and innovation with unique immersive educational programs at the BS, MS, and PhD levels developed by University of Oregon Faculty and Staff while collaborating with industry and national laboratory partners to provide training that launches student careers. Our research combines expertise in modelling and simulation, materials science, and advanced characterization with a foundation in fundamental electrochemistry and electrochemical device engineering.
What is Electrochemistry: Electrochemistry underlies many critical aspects of modern civilization and is the key to developing a sustainable, CO2-emission-free economy and mitigating climate change. Electrochemistry is the science that underlies the design and operation of the battery devices that power portable electronics, electric vehicles, and a future electric grid that operates with increasing amounts of intermittent input from renewable (wind, solar) sources. Electrochemical electrolysis devices convert electrical energy into renewable green hydrogen gas (a chemical fuel that can be burned like natural gas or used in the synthesis of sustainable chemicals, products, and fertilizers). Electrochemical fuel cells convert chemical fuels, like hydrogen gas, and oxygen back to electricity with high efficiency on demand. Fuel cells are critical to de-carbonizing long-distance transportation via cargo ships, trains, and trucking. Our research enables these technologies to be improved by enhancing efficiency, lowering capital cost, and increasing durability.
Electrochemistry is also central to materials production and recycling, green organic synthesis, semiconductor device fabrication, corrosion prevention, interfacing biology with electronics for sensing and therapeutics, and understanding biological processes.
Nearly all technologies depend on electrochemical processes in some form or another. A recent workshop hosted by the National Academies of Science that highlights the role of electrochemistry in these areas is recorded here: