Recent Updates


Volkswagen-Sponsored Camp Introduces Students to UT, Engineering | Knoxville, TN | June 9, 2016
From Tennessee Today:


ChemE Car Team Competes at Conference, Z Group Undergrad Wins Poster Competition | Salt Lake City, UT | November 6-9, 2015
From UT College of Engineering e-Newsletter:


2015 Summer Provides Full-Time Research Experience | Knoxville, TN | June 22, 2015
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Z Group Member gives talk at TN Score Conference | Nashville, TN | June 19, 2015


227th ECS Meeting | Chicago, Illinois | May 24-28, 2015

The Zawodzinski Group presented the following talks at the Electrochemical Society (ECS) Meeting this past May.


New ARPA-E Award to Develop Improved Energy Storage Systems | Knoxville, TN | July 30, 2014

From the TN-SCORE news page:
The DOE ARPA-E REBELS (Reliable Electricity Based on Electrochemical Systems) program recently awarded $2,750,000 to support development of nanocomposite electrodes. TN-SCORE researchers at UTK will work with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop and demonstrate novel electrode materials and designs to lower the cost and improve the performance of fuel cells. UTK/ORNL Governor’s Chair Professor and TN-SCORE Co-PI Dr. Tom Zawodzinski says “the core of the project is the development of revolutionary new ways to combine carbon, catalysts and a unique electrolyte to create a more effectively packaged composite electrocatalytic active layer. It also builds from demonstrations in our lab of the high tolerance of this type of fuel cell to impure hydrogen streams and incorporates some approaches to replacing Platinum with less costly metals.”
The redesigned electrode is expected to dramatically increase the amount of surface area, lowering the amount of expensive platinum catalysts used in the cell. This will enable efficient distributed electricity generation from domestic fuel sources using less expensive catalysts. Key researchers include TN-SCORE faculty Dr. Alex Papandrew and Dr. Gerd Duscher, and UTK Energy Scholar David Wilson, who has been working on aspects of the technology that led to this project.


Chemical Engineering Students Place Second in Puerto Rico Competition | Mayaguez, Puerto Rico | April 15, 2014
From TN Today:

Students from the College of Engineering's Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering took part in the Chem-E-Car Competition at the Southern Regional Conference in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, in March, taking home second place in the poster competition.

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers started the competition as a way to get engineers thinking about practical solutions and innovations involved in powering a car chemically.



CBE Awards Banquet | Knoxville, TN | April 10, 2014


Pictured left to right: Amanda Jones, Dr. Tom Zawodzinski, Samantha Hawks, Emma Hollmann, Kelli Byrne, and Mengqi Zhang.

2014 Goldwater Scholar: Emma Hollmann
Undergraduate Research 1st Place: Kelli Byrne
AIChE Service Award: Kelli Byrne
Dow Outstanding Junior: Emma Hollmann
Most Exceptional Student Award: Samantha Hawks
AIChE Outstanding Baccalaureate Award: Amanda Jones
Outstanding Graduate student award: Mengqi Zhang


WattJoule Licenses Exclusive Rights to Breakthrough Energy Storage Technology | Lowell, Massachusetts | December 18, 2013
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Nanoscale Materials and Advanced Characterization Techniques Training Course | Germany | December 3 - 4, 2013

Nelly Cantillo is studying the structure-property relationship of the catalyst layer in a Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC), and, more specifically, its influence on the overall performance of the device, and had the opportunity to attend the Nano-scale Materials and Advanced Characterization Techniques training course organized by the German Society for Materials Science (DGM) in Germany for 2 days. While there she was able to learn the fundamentals of a variety of new techniques for the characterization of thin films, nanostructures and nanoparticles and its application in the fields of renewable energies and lightweight construction. Besides, she had the opportunity to consult experienced experts in the field of physical and chemical analysis.


2013 AICHE National Conference | San Francisco, CA | November - 5, 2013