Berkeley Lab

Weber Research Group

The Weber group seeks to understand and optimize next-generation fuel-cell and related energy-conversion and energy-storage components and materials mainly through physics-based, multiscale modeling of cell behavior and advanced diagnostics of cell properties and phenomena. The work focuses on exploration of transport phenomena including charged and neutral species along with structure/function/property relationships of the essential components common to many of these technologies to improve device performance and durability.

 

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Current research interests include:

  • Mathematical modeling of the underlying physics at the cell and component level for polymer-electrolyte fuel cells at low temperatures
  • Fuel-cell component degradation studies to increase cell durability
  • Characterization of fuel-cell components including ionomer membranes, catalyst layers, and diffusion media
  • Modeling and diagnostics studies for Fuel-Cell Performance and Durability (FC-PAD) consortium
  • Examination of structure/function/property relationships of ion-conducting polymers and thin films
  • Development of next-generation redox flow batteries
  • Manufacturing metrology diagnostic development
  • Modeling and simulation of solar-fuel generators being developed at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP)

The Weber group comprises a multidisciplinary team of electrochemists, chemical engineers, mechanical engineers, theorists, and material scientists. We have active collaborations between industry, academia, and national laboratories.