- Interdisciplinary courses in the fundamentals of energy technology, nanotechnology and energy policy.
- Dissertation research emphasizing nanotechnology and energy.
- Dynamic educational exchange between U.S. and select African institutions.
Eric's research addresses two strategies to increase the power density of fuel cells. The first investigates engineering issues associated with the electrode design including the gas diffusion layer (GDL) and bipolar plate. His research investigates the compromise these components make between transport processes and electrical conductivity. The second is focused on understanding electrocatalyst design. He has synthesized iridium nanoparticles followed by deposition of a platinum monolayer. These nanoparticle systems have been evaluated for their electrocatalytic activity as a function of structure and surface chemistry. The goals of this work are to develop a method for synthesizing a core-shell structure with a monolayer platinum shell and to develop a fundamental understanding of electrocatalyst design.