About

Founding Mission

Current amplification with platinum nanoparticles.

The CEC was established in 2006 to capitalize on a half century of excellence in electrochemistry at The University of Texas at Austin to foster collaborative research programs in the electrochemical sciences. Our broad mission is to advance research and solve problems, fundamental or applied, related to transfer of electrons or ions at interfaces. The CEC offers a strong coupling between fundamental electrochemistry and materials science, fields that are the foundation for widespread applications in diverse fields such as energy and health. We are comprised of a multi-disciplinary group of more than 250 faculty, staff, and student researchers spanning the chemistry, materials, and engineering aspects of electrochemical science.
 
 
 

Innovative Electrochemistry

Electrochemistry has itself undergone a renaissance as a tool in the analysis of chemical and biological systems. Recent developments in ultramicroelectrodes and scanning electrochemical microscopy, developed at UT Austin, have allowed new insights in chemistry with unprecedented temporal and spatial resolution and are just beginning to have an impact in studies of processes in living cells.

cyclic voltammograms of novel catalytic platinum-palladium alloy dendrimer-encapsulated nanoparticles

New methods for nanoparticle synthesis and new materials for electrodes are revolutionizing the field of electrocatalysis. Electrochemistry is key to sustainable energy technologies, such as fuel cells, solar energy, high energy density batteries, and supercapacitors. In the field of health care, the most widely used home diagnostic systems are electrochemical. Similarly, in clinical analysis, electrogenerated chemiluminescence, largely developed at UT Austin, is now widely used worldwide. Electrochemical science is the foundation for new chemical sensors needed for homeland security.

Industry alone cannot deliver solutions to these technologies without academic research and development to produce the fundamental breakthroughs required to advance the field.
 
 
 

Contacting the Center for Electrochemistry

Map showing location of Welch Hall on the UT-Austin campus.Tel: +1 512-471-3761
Fax: +1 512-471-0088
Email: cec@cm.utexas.edu

For regular mail send to:
Center for Electrochemistry
The University of Texas at Austin
Chemistry & Biochemistry Dept.
105 E 24th St., STOP A5300
Austin, TX 78712-1224

For express mail send to:
Center for Electrochemistry
The University of Texas at Austin
Chemistry & Biochemistry Dept.
105 E 24th St., STOP A5300
WEL 2.424 / 24th & Speedway
Austin, TX 78712-1224

The Robert A. Welch [WEL] building is located at the corner of Speedway and 24th Street.
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Administration office, Stephanie Achebe, WEL 2.424
Associate Director's office, Open, WEL 2.420
Director's office, Allen J. Bard, WEL 2.426