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Jay Whitacre is the Trustee Professor in Energy with a joint appointment in the Departments of Engineering and Public Policy and Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He examines the materials science of synthesizing, characterizing, and implementing promising materials and device architectures for energy storage and generation technologies such as Li-ion batteries, fuel cells, and photovoltaics. He will concurrently be addressing the policy implications involved with selecting and implementing these renewable technologies. Other research topics for Whiteacre include hybrid power systems for distributed and mobile platforms, high throughput materials selection methods, and ultra fast laser modification of materials for solid-state electrochemical devices.

Whitacre has authored or co-authored over 60 peer review papers and is an inventor on over 30 patents that are issued or pending. He has numerous honors to his name, including the 2014 Caltech/Resnick Sustainability Institute Resonate Award, was listed as one of the top 25 Eco-Innovators in the world by Fortune Magazine in 2014, and was the 2015 winner of the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for Innovation.
Office
5127A Scott Hall
Phone
412.268.1765
Email
whitacre@andrew.cmu.edu
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Jay Whitacre

Education

1999 Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

1997 Master of Science in Engineering, Materials Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

1994 BA, Physics, Oberlin College

Media mentions


The Daily Beast

Whitacre quoted on lithium-ion batteries

Scott Institute Director Jay Whitacre was quoted in The Daily Beast on lithium-ion batteries and their effect on climate disaster.

CMU Engineering

Team builds tools, innovations to support federal investment

With major investments in infrastructure and innovation pending, a multi-disciplinary initiative lead by EPP’s Erica Fuchs is building the tools and innovations to inform government decisions.

CMU Engineering

AI-fueled batteries

A team of CMU mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering researchers are using AI to optimize battery electrolyte designs, and they found new electrolytes that researchers hadn’t thought of.

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

EST&P project course responds to Africa’s energy access challenges

This past spring semester, about a dozen master’s students in Carnegie Mellon University’s Energy Science, Technology and Policy (EST&P) Project Course worked hands-on with batteries to potentially identify re-use applications that could improve Africa’s energy access problem.

Fortune

Whitacre on EVs and lithion-ion batteries

Scott Institute Director Jay Whitacre was quoted by Fortune in an article discussing the race to solve lithium-ion battery recycling as electric vehicles (EVs) gradually become more common over the next decade.

Wired

Whitacre comments on VW’s new challenge of building battery cells

Scott Institute Director Jay Whitacre suggests VW’s new challenge by pointing out that the battery cells they plan to build have to be identical from a quality perspective.

WIRED

Whitacre evaluates VW’s expansion into battery cell production

Scott Institute Director Jay Whitacre evaluates VW's recent move to manufacture its own battery cells for electric vehicles.

CMU Engineering

Energy Week 2019: What’s next in energy innovation

From March 25 – 28, 2019, the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University will hold CMU Energy Week 2019.

CMU Engineering

How long until efficient fuel cells? Ask the experts.

In the quest for alternatives to gas-powered vehicles, experts believe one new method shows great promise: Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells.

The Wall Street Journal

Whitacre interviewed about Tesla’s battery

EPP/MSE’s Jay Whitacre was interviewed for a video by the Wall Street Journal and explained the main reason why Tesla’s cars have high costs. The big portion of the costs is due to the battery. Whitacre studies these lithium-ion battery cells produced by Panasonic and explains how Tesla has worked extensively to reduce costs from the battery pack.

CMU Engineering

Making green cars greener with battery recycling

Widespread use of electric vehicles will go a long way toward eliminating the greenhouse gas emissions of the transportation sector—but these emissions don’t just come from the tailpipe.

The New York Times

Whitacre enters into conversation about “extraordinary” batteries of the future

Jay Whitacre, director of the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, praises recent advances in cheaper, renewable zinc-air batteries and reminds us to review the data behind the technology of the future in the New York Times.