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Faculty Profile

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Name: William Mustain
Title: Associate Professor & Associate Department Head, CBE
Affiliation: Center for Clean Energy Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
E-Mail: mustain@engr.uconn.edu
Personal/Lab Website: http://mustain.engr.uconn.edu
Program/Department Website: http://www.cbe.engr.uconn.edu/william-mustain
Office Telephone: (860) 486-2756

Keywords | Categories: batteries, catalysts, Center for Clean Energy Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, electrochemistry, fuel cells, fuel synthesis, Institute of Materials Science

Professional Summary

Controlling Microstructure and Surface Chemistry of Catalyst and Support Materials – In this project, our group uses silicate templating to precisely control the pore structure of carbon, metals, oxides, etc.  We also use the reaction precursor and conditions to control microcrystallinity and to purposefully incorporate adatoms into the structure (i.e. N into C, Sn into In2O3).  These adatoms give the catalysts and supports unique properties and provide charge centers for strong catalyst-support bonding that improve both catalytic activity and stability.

Lithium Batteries – Our group specializes in the design, electrochemical and physical characterization of high capacity electrode materials for Li-ion batteries.  We are interested in understanding the underlying mechanisms that dictate capacity retention and rate-capability.  We are also adept with the CPR method, which allows us to calculate the diffusivity of Li in the electrode structure.  Recently, we have developed a new method for in-situ TEM to investigate the structural changes that occur in carbon and non-carbon electrode materials during testing.