Elton J. Cairns

Elton Cairns

Energy Storage Group
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Road MS 70R0108B
Berkeley CA 94720
Office Location: 70-0111B
(510) 486-5028

I have been involved in electrochemistry, fuel cells, and rechargeable cells ever since I completed graduate school at UC Berkeley.  My research has taken me from UC to General Electric Research, Argonne National Laboratory, General Motors Research, and finally back to UC Berkeley and LBNL. Along the way, I have worked on PEM and molten carbonate fuel cells, liquid metal/molten salt cells, Li/FeS2 cells, Zn/NiOOH cells for EV’s, Zn/air cells, phase diagrams, thermodynamics, kinetics, transport phenomena, Li-ion cells, and currently, Li/S cells and electrocatalysis. My teaching at UC Berkeley has included electrochemical engineering, energy conversion and storage, transport phenomena, process design, and the chemical engineering laboratory course.

My outside professional activities have included editing scientific journals (Journal of the Electrochemical Society, and Electrochimica Acta), organizing scientific symposia, serving on professional society and NAS committees, and in elected offices including President of the Electrochemical Society and President of the International Society of Electrochemistry. I also enjoy serving as a consultant, and expert witness in court cases.


B.S. Chemistry, Michigan Technological University
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

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