Urban Research Group

News

September 16, 2019

A New Group Member

Jose Torres has joined the group as a postdoc. Welcome to Columbia! Jose was previously a postdoc at Stanford University and graduated from the University of St Andrews.

September 06, 2019

Qualification Exam

Jianzhou has passed his qualification exam. Congratulations!

Research Projects

Accelerated Materials Discovery using Computation

We are investigating materials for energy storage and conversion using computational techniques. Our goal is to contribute to the development of the next generation of batteries and fuel/electrolyzer cells. Our present research aims at understanding:

  • Surface and interface phenomena in batteries and fuel cells;
  • Ionic transport mechanisms in inorganic solids; and the
  • Extraction of metal species from oxides.

 

Better Energy Storage Technologies are Urgently Needed

In view of accelerating climate change, the transition to an environmentally sustainable energy economy is among the most pressing global challenges. Recent years have seen tremendous progress in the generation of clean electric energy from renewable sources such as photovoltaic and wind turbines.

Recent Publication