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.


15-minute fast charging batteries at all temperatures published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

Find out more about this innovative battery structure and operational protocol that opens the door for year-round electric vehicle charging in all climates by clicking HERE.




















Digging Deeper with Dr. Barron: The Future of Electric Vehicles

Dr. Chao-Yang Wang and PhD Student Ryan Longchamps sit down with Penn State President, Dr. Eric Barron, to discuss the future of electric vehicles on his monthly tv show, Digging Deeper. Click here to watch the entire interview.







ECEC Work Recognized by The Green Car Congress

The Green Car Congress, an online editorial focused on advancements in sustainabile mobility, has recognized the recent work of the ECEC on a novel control strategy for internal cell heating increasing the effectiveness of regenerative breaking and availability of power while operating in cold environmental temperatures. This work was published in the Journal of Power sources and can be accessed by clicking here.

Click here to read the article on the Green Car Congress website.

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

Post-Doctoral Fellow (posted: April 24, 2018)

Follow this link to find out more information regarding the post-doctoral fellow position currently available.

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.

Lodging:
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