Theory of pore-scale transport to enable improved flow batteries

In a recently published article in the Journal of the Electrochemical Society (freely available at, Prof. Smith and his PhD student Md Abdul Hamid have introduced new theory to enable the prediction of molecular transport of redox-active molecules “from the bottom up.”  This work could enable the improved design and operation of redox flow batteries, in addition to establishing fundamental understanding of reactive transport in flows inside of porous materials.  Read the entire press release here.

Illinois engineer continues to make waves in water desalination

For the past several years, assistant professor Kyle Smith has proven his growing expertise in the field of water desalination, with a range of research results that could address the immediate need to combat diminishing clean water sources around the world.  Now, with a new publication and new research project funded by the National Science Foundation, he continues to build on his highly praised work to develop new methods of deionizing saltwater.

Read the entire press release from UIUC’s Mechanical Science and Engineering department here.