Materials Chemistry for Energy Storage and Conversion

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Are you interested in saving our planet? Reducing our global greenhouse gas emissions? Reducing plastic pollution in our environment? 

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Project description

Electrochemical reaction uses electricity to drive chemical reaction - it is very clean! However, to run an electrochemical reaction efficient, one needs to have a good catalyst. Our group specializes in designing solid state materials as catalysts and designing new engineering system for electrochemical reactions. We have several on-going projects in our group ranging from converting CO2 into ethanol, metal-air battery, and microplastic electro-sensing in our group. We are looking for a motivated and hardworking student to join our team and help us save the environment!

Project outcome

Students will gain skills in materials synthesis, building electrochemical cells for batteries and fuel cells, testing catalysis reactions such as converting CO2 into ethanol. Students will work along side graduate students and postdocs to see first-hand how to perform scientific research. If the project is successful, students can travel to national conferences for presentation and publish results in academic journals.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Year long (about 10-12 months)
Start time Anytime
In-person, remote, or hybrid?
Level of collaboration Individual student project
Benefits Research experience; academic credit
Who is eligible Sophomores and juniors in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, or mechanical engineering

Project mentor

Chris Li

Assistant Professor


Phone: (716) 645-4285


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