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Fluid Interface Reactions, Structures and Transport EFRC

The overarching goal of the Fluid Interface Reactions, Structures and Transport (FIRST) Center is to develop fundamental understanding and validated, predictive models of the unique nanoscale environment at fluid-solid interfaces that will enable transformative advances in electrical energy storage and electrocatalysis.

The FIRST Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRCs) is primarily located within Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and includes researchers at Argonne National Laboratory and seven partner universities (Delaware, Drexel, Minnesota, Penn State, Vanderbilt and the Universities of California at Davis and Riverside, and the University of Minnesota).

We employ a Model-Integrated Synthesis, Characterization and Experiment (MISCE) approach to achieve fundamental understanding and experimentally-validated conceptual and computational models of fluid-solid interfaces (FSIs) representative of those encountered in advanced energy systems and devices, including batteries, supercapacitors and photo- and electrochemical cells.

For more information about the FIRST Energy Frontier Research Center, please visit our website at


SH-RPR Separations and Polymer Chemistry
Sheng Dai