Our researchers seek to create cleaner energy options and reduce our nation’s dependence
on fossil fuels. Our partners include General Motors, Boeing and the Savannah River
We house the only National Science Foundation-funded cooperative research center for
fuel cells. Our researchers seek to commercialize fuel cells by training graduate
students and by performing research on the design and performance of fuel cells and
storage devices as well as the materials used to make these products. We also are
working to reduce pollution from today’s coal-fired power plants and to improve the
safety of nuclear energy.
Centers and Institutes
Interdisciplinary collaboration is the heart of our research efforts. Here are just
a few of our centers and institutes that put this philosophy into practice. The Office
of the Vice President for Research maintains a comprehensive list of university-wide centers and institutes.
The CEE is dedicated to integrated study of fuel cells, hydrogen storage, batteries,
supercapacitors, corrosion, corrosion protection and electrodeposition of metal alloys
and composites and serves as a focal point for the development of new power source
technologies, novel corrosion protection strategies and environmentally friendly coatings.
The mission of the Hydrogen and Fuel-Cell Center is to help industry advance the technology
and commercialization of fuel cells by training graduate students and performing research
in the areas of fuel-cell design and performance, hydrogen storage materials, devices
and distribution systems, new catalysts for electrode and hydrogen production, and
power conditioning and motor design.
The SAGE Center is developing a broad, cutting-edge research portfolio focusing on
novel technologies to enhance the environmental performance of electricity production
by providing sustainable solutions to industrial research problems and developing
high-throughput experimentation for nanomaterials discovery and optimization.