Heterogeneous Functional Materials Center (HeteroFoaM)


Kenneth Reifsnider

Lead Institution:

University of South Carolina


To create control science to build a bridge between synthesis and modeling by understanding, designing, and synthesizing heterogeneous functional materials from the atomistic to nano-scale to macro-scale for energy storage and conversion systems such as fuel cells, batteries, supercapacitors, electrolyzers, and solid membranes.

Research Topics:

catalysis (heterogeneous), energy storage (including batteries and capacitors), hydrogen and fuel cells, mechanical behavior, charge transport, membrane, carbon sequestration, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly), synthesis (scalable processing)  

Materials Studied:

MATERIALS: semiconductor, metal, oxide, porous
INTERFACES: organic/semiconductor, organic/oxide, metal/semiconductor, metal/oxide, gas/liquid, gas/solid, solid/solid

Experimental and Theoretical Methods:

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray imaging, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, lithography, surface science, neutron diffraction and scattering, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, continuum modeling, mesoscale modeling, finite element method, multiscale modeling, next generation optimization methods

Map of institutions in EFRC

Partner Institutions:

  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Connecticut
  • Georgia Institute of Technology  
  • Princeton University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Savannah River National Laboratory
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Utah

BES Staff Contact:

Craig Henderson
Last modified: 9/27/2013 9:24:20 AM