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ChBE Alumnus Dr. Adam Weber Receives 2016 Grove Award


Adam Weber

Adam Z. Weber holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tufts University, the latter under the guidance of Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos. Next, he earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering under the guidance of John Newman at the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation work focused on the fundamental investigation and mathematical modeling of water management in polymer-electrolyte fuel cells.

Dr. Weber continued his study of water and thermal management in polymer- electrolyte fuel cells at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he is now a staff scientist and Group Leader of the Energy Conversion Group. His current research involves understanding and optimizing fuel-cell performance and lifetime, including component and ionomer structure/ function studies using advanced modeling and diagnostics, understanding flow batteries for grid-scale energy storage, as well as analysis of solar- fuel generators where he is a Thrust Coordinator at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP). Dr. Weber is also the Deputy Director of the DOE Fuel-Cell Performance and Durability (FC-PAD) consortium as well as Deputy Director of the HydroGen - Advanced Water Splitting Materials Consortium.

Dr. Weber has authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles and 10 book chapters on fuel cells, flow batteries, and related electrochemical devices. He has developed many widely used models for fuel cells and their components, and has been invited to present his work at various international and national meetings. He has also been the recipient of a number of awards including a Fulbright scholarship to Australia, the 2008 Oronzio and Niccolò De Nora Foundation Prize on Applied Electrochemistry of the International Society of Electrochemistry, the 2012 Supramaniam Srinivasan Young Investigator Award of the Energy Technology Division of the Electrochemical Society, a 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the 2014 Charles W. Tobias Young Investigator Award of the Electrochemical Society and the 2016 Sir William Grove Award of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy. He is also a Kavli Fellow. Dr. Weber is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Electrochemistry and is past chair of the Energy Technology Division of the Electrochemical Society.