Electrochemical Engine Center

ECEC Overview

Founded in 1997, the mission of Penn State's Electrochemical Engine Center (ECEC) is to conduct fundamental and applied research on fuel cells and advanced batteries for electric propulsion, stationary power generation and portable electronics. The ECEC provides a focal point at Penn State for multidisciplinary research on cutting-edge electrochemical power devices.

Funded by sponsors from both industrial and government sources, the ECEC has collaborating faculty and researchers from academia, national laboratories and vehicle manufacturers. The interdisciplinary nature of the center includes expertise in thermal-fluid transport, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics and reacting flows, computational fluid dynamics and experimental design and testing. This multitude of individual talents allows the ECEC to solve a wide variety of problems encompassing several disciplines.

The ECEC is now divided into fuel cell, battery, hybrid-design, MEA fabrication, parallel computing and modeling labs, totaling more than 5,000 square feet of space. In addition, an array of experimental test equipment including Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Gas Chromatography, mass spectroscopy, high speed digital imaging, AC-impedance spectroscopy and environmental chamber for cold start studies are available.

The Center is always looking for new opportunities or people with expertise in emerging areas. Please contact us if you are interested in more information.

Click here to view a video of Dr. Chao-Yang Wang talking about current research at the ECEC.

Self-Heating Li-ion Batteries Published in Nature

Find out more about self-heating Li-ion batteries that may be able to alleviate those winter woes for electric vehicle owners by clicking here.

Employment Opportunities

July 21, 2014

Post-Doc and Staff Engineer Positions in CFD and Mesh Generation

Dr. Wang's New Book on Batteries

Battery Systems Engineering

Christopher D. Rahn and Chao-Yang Wang

Hardback | 256 pages | February 2013 | ISBN 978-1-1199-7950-0

A complete all-in-one reference on the important interdisciplinary topic of Battery Systems Engineering ... (More)


Directions to ECEC

To Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) Building:
1) from US-322, Park Ave. Exit, take exit and continue on Park Ave. towards Penn State. Make a left at the second light by the stadium onto Porter Rd. Make a right onto Hastings Rd., MRL building will be at the top of the hill on the right.
2) from US-322, PA-26 Exit, take exit to PA-26 S/State College, turn right onto Porter Rd. Turn left onto Hastings Rd., MRL building will be at the top of the hill on the right.
3) from US-322 business/Atherton St., turn onto Park Ave. Make a right onto University Drive then a left onto Hastings Rd., MRL will be just up ahead on the left.

Campus Maps:
Click here to view a full-color campus map. MRL Building is denoted by MRL and can be found in quadrant H5.

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