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Wachsman, Eric

Eric Wachsman
Professor & William L. Crentz Centennial Chair in Energy Research
Director, Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
Vice President of ECS
1206A Engineering Lab Building
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Ph.D., Stanford University, 1990

Research Interests 

Solid oxide fuel cells, gas separation membranes, solid-state gas sensors, electrocatalytic conversion of CH4, post-combustion reduction of NOx.


Eric Wachsman, an expert on solid oxide fuel cells, is the University of Maryland Energy Innovation Institute's (MEI2) first director.

Before joining the University of Maryland, he spearheaded the creation of the Florida Institute on Sustainable Energy at the University of Florida, and served as a senior scientist at SRI International.

Wachsman has focused his career on developing advanced, efficient, energy conversion devices and technologies. His research is on ionic transport in solids and the heterogeneous electrocatalysis at their surface. This research includes the development of solid oxide fuel cells, gas separation membranes, solid-state gas sensors, the electrocatalytic conversion of CH4, and the post-combustion reduction of NOx using advanced ion conducting materials.

Wachsman is a Fellow and currently serving as Vice President of the Electrochemical Society (ECS) and the past chair of the High Temperature Materials Division of ECS. He is the editor-in-chief of <em>Ionics.</em> and former associate editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. He has more than 140 publications and eight patents on ionic and electronic transport in ceramics, their catalytic properties, and device performance.

Wachsman is also a frequently-invited panelist on fuel cell and hydrogen energy research, ranging from the U.S. Department of Energy "Fuel Cell Report to Congress" and "Basic Research Needs Related to High Temperature Electrochemical Devices for Hydrogen Production, Storage and Use," to the National Science Foundation "Workshop on Fundamental Research Needs in Ceramics," NATO "Mixed Ionic-Electronic Conducting (MIEC) Perovskites for Advanced Energy Systems,” and the National Academies' “Global Dialogues on Emerging Science and Technologies."

Please follow this link to view Dr. Wachsman's CV.

Current Research Projects 

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 (SOFCs), ion transport membranes, and solid state sensors. SOFCs 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.

Please see Professor Wachsman's web site for more information on his group's work in:

Honors and Awards 

  • Vice President of The Electrochemical Society - 2018
  • World Academy of Ceramics - 2017
  • Carl Wagner Memorial Award of The Electrochemical Society - 2017
  • Sir William Grove Award, International Association for Hydrogen Energy - 2014
  • Pfeil Award, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining - 2014
  • Outstanding Invention of 2013, UMD Office of Technology Licensing
  • Fellow of The American Ceramic Society - 2012
  • Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition Award - 2012
  • HTM Outstanding Achievement Award of The Electrochemical Society - 2012
  • Fellow of The Electrochemical Society - 2008
  • Rhines Chair Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, 2008-2009
  • University of Florida Research Foundation Professor, 2005-2008
  • Materials Science & Engineering Faculty Excellence Award, 2007-2008
  • Materials Research Society, Top 5 Hot Talks/Cool Papers, Spring 2007 Meeting
  • University of Florida Faculty Achievement - 2007
  • NASA Johnson Space Center Achievement Award - 2007
  • Materials Science & Engineering Faculty Excellence Award, 2006-2007
  • Materials Science & Engineering Faculty Excellence Award, 2005-2006
  • Materials Science & Engineering Faculty Excellence Award, 2004-2005
  • Progress in Ceramic Basic Science: Challenge Toward the 21st Century, The Basic Science Division, The Ceramic Society of Japan - 1996
  • Xerox Achievement Award - 1984

Professional Memberships 

  • Maryland Clean Energy Center
  • American Chemical Society
  • Electrochemical Society
  • International Society for Solid State Ionics
  • Materials Research Society
  • Editor-in-chief, Ionics
  • Florida Section of the American Ceramic Society
  • Councilor, Florida Section of the American Ceramic Society

Selected Publications 

“Chromium Poisoning Effects on Surface Exchange Kinetics of La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-?,“ Y-L. Huang, C. Pellegrinelli, and E. D. Wachsman, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b02762(2017)

“Direct Observation of Enhanced Water and Carbon Dioxide Reactivity on Multivalent Metal Oxides and Their Composites,” Y-L. Huang, C. Pellegrinelli, A. Geller, S-C. Liou, A. Jarry, L. Wang, Y. Yu, H. Bluhm, E. Crumlin, B. W. Eichhorn, E. D. Wachsman, Energy & Environmental Science, 10, 919-923 (2017) DOI: 10.1039/c7ee00363c

“Reducing Interfacial Resistance between Garnet-Structured Solid-State Electrolyte and Li Metal Anode by a Germanium Layer,” W. Lui, Y. Gong, Y. Zhu, Y. Li, Y. Yao, Y. Zhang, K. Fu, G. Pastel, C-F. Lin, Y. Mo, E.D. Wachsman, and L. Hu, Advanced Materials, 29, (2017) DOI: 10.1002/adma.201606042

“Garnet Solid Electrolyte Protected Li Metal Batteries,” B. Liu, Y. Gong, Y. Zhu, K. Fu, X. Han, Y. Yao, G. Pastel, C. Yang, H. Xie, E.D. Wachsman, and L. Hu, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 9, 18809-188815 (2017) DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b03887

“Durability of Composite Cathodes for Low Temperature SOFCs,” A. S Painter, Y.-L. Huang, and E.D. Wachsman, Journal of Power Sources, 360, 391-398 (2017).

“Three-Dimensional Bilayer Garnet Solid Electrolyte Based High Energy Density Lithium Metal-Sulfur Batteries,” K. Fu, Y. Gong, Y. Li, S. Xu, Y. Wen, L. Zhang, C. Wang, G. Pastel, J. Dai, B. Liu, H. Xie, Y. Yao, G. Hitz, D. McOwen, E.D. Wachsman, and L. Hu, Energy & Environmental Science, (2017) DOI: 10.1039/c7ee01004d

"Functionally Graded Bismuth Oxide/Zirconia Bilayer Electrolytes for High Performance Intermediate-Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (IT-SOFCs)", D.W. Joh, J.H. Park, D. Kim, E.D. Wachsman, K.T. Lee. Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces. (2017), PMID 28248479 DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b16660

"Transition from Super-lithiophobicity to Super-lithiophilicity of Garnet Solid-State Electrolyte", W. Luo, Y. Gong, Y. Zhu, K.K. Fu, J. Dai, S.D. Lacey, C. Wang, B. Liu, X. Han, Y. Mo, E.D. Wachsman, L. Hu. . Journal of the American Chemical Society. (2016) PMID 27570205 DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b06777

"Long-Term Cr Poisoning Effect on LSCF-GDC Composite Cathodes Sintered at Different Temperatures Fuel Cells, Electrolyzers, and Energy Conversion,” C. Xiongc, J.A. Taillon, C. Pellegrinelli, Y-L. Huang, L.G. Salamanca-Riba , B. Chi, L. Jian, J. Pu and E.D. Wachsman, Journal of Electrochemical Society, 2016 163(9): F1091-F1099; doi:10.1149/2.0841609jes; SOFC.

For a complete list of selected publications, please visit Dr. Wachman's website.

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FIB/SEM utilized to perform nanotomography on solid oxide fuel cells. January 10, 2018

UMD ECS Student Chapter receives national award
A record of excellence August 30, 2017

Legislators, University Administrators Gather to Launch Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
The institute was created to turn research breakthroughs into commercial, clean energy solutions. August 15, 2017

Professor Eric Wachsman elected to World Academy of Ceramics
WAC names new inductees July 27, 2017

Energy Department Announces $19.4 Million Investment in Advanced Vehicle Technologies
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ChBE Researchers Develop Clean, Efficient Method of Natural Gas Conversion
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Fourth Consecutive Win for UMD Electrochemical Society Student Chapter
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Electrochemical Society Wins 2nd Student Chapter Award
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International Association for Hydrogen Energy Honors Wachsman for Fuel Cell Research
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Wachsman Wins Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition Award
Energy Center director honored for work to commercialize fuel cells. November 8, 2012

Wachsman Elected Fellow
American Ceramic Society honors professor's work in fuel cell development. October 19, 2012

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Wachsman Tapped for Grid Reliability Panel
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Wachsman Receives Outstanding Achievement Award
Clark School fuel cell expert honored by Electrochemical Society. May 23, 2012

Energy Team Turns in Strong Performance at $75K Business Plan Competition
RedOx takes second place in division, wins Warren Citrin Social Impact Award. April 26, 2012

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