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Center for Electrochemical Processes and Technology (CEProTECH)

Ohio University

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Our Center vision is to be the world leader in electrochemical engineering research, innovation, and commercialization.

Center Mission and Rationale

The Center for Electrochemical Processes and Technology (CEProTECH) is dedicated to the improvement of chemical and biological processes utilizing novel, electrochemically-focused approaches. Due to recent technological advancements and a changing economic climate, electrochemical technologies and processes now represent a relatively untapped frontier of opportunity for unique, enabling, and transformative solutions. CEProTECH develops such solutions by advancing fundamental and cross-cutting electrochemical research to explore enhancements, alternatives and analogues for classical chemical and biological process, especially in advanced production and manufacturing applications.

Electrochemical approaches to conventional industrial and manufacturing applications received consideration in past decades; however their adoption has always been precluded by material infeasibilities and economic pressures. While not generally competitive in past times when maximizing profit was the sole consideration, global concerns for energy abundance, accessibility, conservation, waste management, pollution, and environmental impacts, have granted new relevance to electrochemical process enhancement.

Recent advances in materials science, computational chemistry and modeling (multi-scale modeling), and in-situ spectroscopy and microscopy have made electrochemical processes cheaper, more efficient, smaller, easier to control, and have enabled electrochemical methodologies to be applied in areas never before conceived.

CEProTECH facilitates fundamental, cross-cutting process analysis and research for a diverse range of industry applications. This includes both the classical electrochemical processes – chloro-alkali and aluminum processes, batteries, hydrogen production, etc. – as well as processes that typically would not utilize electrochemical methods – remediation, advanced synthesis, production of specialty gases & chemicals, and hemodialysis, among others. It is this diversity of scope that allows CEProTECH to capitalize on opportunities in various market sectors, and will provide sustainability for the Center, independent of specific industry demand cycles.

CEProTECH’s research agenda primarily involves fundamental, cross-cutting projects focused on processes with broad applicability and potential to improve energy efficiency, production efficacy, manufacturing capacity and/or resource availability.

Research program

Assist industrial partners with implementation of solutions

Provide fast transfer of technology to industry partners. Researchers at the Center provide technical assistance to industry partners during scale-up and demonstration of the projects selected.

Design and development of evaluation prototypes

Design, build and test proposed approaches at bench-scale to validate economic models.

Design and synthesis of electro-catalysts and/or membranes processes

Multiscale modeling and in-situ spectroscopy & microscopy techniques are used to select materials, membranes, and/or catalysts for proposed process solutions; and/or explore new synthesis routes for a novel process approved by industry partners.

Process modeling and return on investment

Analysis and evaluation of the impact of electrochemical technologies on chemical and biological systems and processes. Researchers at the Center propose alternative solutions (which may involve an electrochemical cell/and or system, new chemistry routes by means of electrochemistry, etc.) to the problems and/or processes posed by industry partners.

Special Activities

CEProTECH expands an already strong platform of educational activities (graduate courses, topical workshops, and outreach programs) to provide interdisciplinary education and training in the field of electrochemical engineering, through specialized workshops, international conferences, industry oriented seminars and conferences, webinars, long-distance education and workforce development for manufacturing electrochemical devices. The Center encourages a broad dissemination of learning through its continuing education activities to assist engineers in industry, as well as engineering students, in acquiring knowledge of electrochemical processes and systems to better prepare them for careers and career advancements in the industry.

 

Facilities and Laboratory

CEProTECH utilizes an advanced infrastructure available at Ohio University through the Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research (CEER).

CEER possesses over $12 million in state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure.  CEER has recently expanded to a newly renovated 20,000 ft2 facility funded by the Russ College of Engineering and Technology and the Office of the Vice President for Research at Ohio University. 

CEProTECH has access to the following state-of-the-art facility at CEER: Agilent 6890 GC System Gas Chromatograph, Agilent Technologies 5500 Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) / Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), Multiple techni mini plating 5 stations, - Arbin Potentiostats (2 Potentiostats: 8 channels and 4 channels), Bruker Senterra Raman Spectrometer and Microscope, Bruker Vertex 80 FT-IR Spectrometer, Perkin-Elmer AAnalyst 400 Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy, Micromeritics Tristar II surface area and porosity analyzer, Rigaku Ultima IV X-Ray Diffractometer, Solartron 1470E Potentiostat, Solartron Impedance Analyzer, Multiple PINE rotating electrodes, a general purpose JEOL-2300 Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with a Link Energy Dispersive Analysis of X-rays (EDX) accessory, and a JEOL JEM-2100F High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope. The Center has the capability to perform in-situ spectroscopy (Raman, FTIR, XRD) and microscopy (AFM, STM, and HRTEM). The Center also manages a machine shop for the construction of prototypes and systems. CEER possesses software and facilities for multiscale modeling including electronic structure models, molecular dynamics, transport phenomena and process simulation.

 

Locations

Ohio University

182 Mill Street
Russ College of Engineering and Technology

Athens, Ohio, 45701

United States

740-331-4401

740-331-4770