The availability of low-cost but intermittent renewable electricity (e.g., derived from solar and wind) underscores the grand challenge to store and dispatch energy so that it is available when and where it is needed. Redox-active materials promise the efficient transformation between electrical, chemical, and thermal energy, and are at the heart of carbon-neutral energy cycles. Understanding design rules that govern materials chemistry and architecture holds the key towards rationally optimizing technologies such as batteries, fuel cells, electrolyzers, and novel thermodynamic cycles. Electrochemical and chemical reactions involved in these technologies span diverse length and time scales, ranging from Ångströms to meters and from picoseconds to years. As such, establishing a unified, predictive framework has been a major challenge. The central question unifying our research is: “can we understand and engineer redox reactions at the levels of electrons, ions, molecules, particles and devices using a bottom-up approach?” Our approach integrates novel synthesis, fabrication, characterization, modeling and analytics to understand molecular pathways and interfacial structure, and to bridge fundamentals to energy storage and conversion technologies by establishing new design rules.

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Faculty Director Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies Program, Stanford University (2018 - Present)
  • Faculty Co-Director of Storage-X Initiative, Stanford University (2018 - Present)

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Young Investigator Award, Materials Research Society (2018)
  • Science Award Electrochemistry, BASF/Volkswagen (2016)
  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, Camille Dreyfus Foundation (2016)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Chemistry, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (2016)
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation (2015)
  • Young Scientist Award, International Society for Solid State Ionics (2013)
  • Top 35 innovators under the age of 35, MIT Technology Review (2012)
  • Professor of the Year Teaching Award, Stanford Society of Women Engineers (2013)
  • Demetriades-Tsafka-Kokkalis Prize in Energy, Caltech (2011)
  • President Harry S. Truman Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship, Sandia Naitonal Laboratories (2010)
  • Graduate Student Award, American Vacuum Society Thin Film Division (2009)
  • Josephine de Karman Fellowship, Josephine De Karman Fellowship Trust (2009)
  • Graduate Excellence in Materials Science Diamond Award, American Ceramics Society (2008)

Professional Education

  • PhD, Caltech, Materials Science (2010)
  • BS, Caltech, Applied Physics (2005)

2020-21 Courses

Stanford Advisees

All Publications

  • Determination of the Surface Structure of CeO2(111) by Low-Energy Electron Diffraction. J. Chem. Phys. Siegel, D., Chueh, W., C., Gabaly, F., El, McCarty, K., Figurera, J., de la, Blanco-Rey, M. 2013; 139: 114703
  • Sr- and Mn-doped LaAlO3-δ for Solar Thermochemical H2 and CO Production. Energy Environ. Sci. McDaniel, A., H., Miller, E., Arfin, D., Ambrosini, A., Coker, E., O’Hayre, R., Chueh, W. C. 2013; 6: 2424-2428
  • Semiconductor/Mixed Ion & Electron Conductor Heterojunction for Elevated-Temperature Water Splitting. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. Ye, X., Melas-Kyriazi, J., Feng, Z., A. , Melosh, N., A., Chueh, W., C. 2013; 15: 15459-15469
  • Identifying Electrochemical Intermediate Species in H2 Redox Reactions on Solid-State Electrolytes. Chem. Comm. Gabaly, F., El, McDaniel, A., H., Grass, M., E., Chueh, W., C., Bluhm, H., Liu, Z. 2012; 48: 8338-8340
  • Ionic and Electronic Conductivity of Nanostructured, Samaria-Doped Ceria. J. Electrochem. Soc. Souza, E., C. C., Chueh, W., C., Jung, W., Muccillo, E., N. S., Haile, S., M. 2012; 159: K127-K135
  • Electrochemistry of Mixed Oxygen Ion & Electron Conducting Electrodes in Solid Electrolyte Cells. Annu. Rev. Chem. Biomol. Eng. Chueh, W., C., Haile, S., M. 2012; 3: 313-341
  • High Stability and Reactivity of Ce3+ on Doped CeO2 Surface Revealed In operando. Chem. Mater. Chueh, W., C., McDaniel, A., H., Grass, M., E., Hao, Y., Jaibeen, N., Liu, Z. 2012; 24: 1876-1882
  • Reducing Error & Measurement Time in Impedance Spectroscopy Using Model-based Optimal Experimental Design. Electrochim. Acta Ciucci, F., Carraro, T., Chueh, W., C., Lai, W. 2011; 56: 5416-5434
  • Unusual Decrease in Conductivity Upon Hydration in Acceptor Doped, Microcrystalline Ceria. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. Chueh, W., C., Yang, C. K., Garland, C., M., Lai, W., Haile, S., M. 2011; 13: 6442-6451
  • Experimental Determination of Transmittance of Porous Cerium Oxide Media in the Spectral Range 300 – 1,100 nm. Exp. Heat Transfer Lang, Z., Chueh, W., C., Ganesan, K., Haile, S., M., Lipinski, W. 2011; 24: 285-299
  • Decoupling Surface Reaction & Bulk Transport in Mixed Conductors with Electrochemically-Active Surfaces: A 2-D Numerical Study of Ceria. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. Ciucci, F., Chueh, W., C., Goodwin, D., G., Haile, S., M. 2011; 13: 2121-2135
  • High-Flux Solar-Driven Thermochemical Dissociation of CO2 & H2O Using Nonstoichiometric Ceria. Science Chueh, W., C., Falter, C., Abbott, M., Scipio, D., Furler, P., Haile, S., M. 2010; 330: 1797-1801
  • Thermochemical Study of Ceria: Exploiting an Old Material for New Modes of Energy Conversion of CO2 Mitigation. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A. Chueh, W., C., Haile, S., M. 2010; 368: 3269-3294
  • Electrochemical Studies of Capacitance in Cerium Oxide Thin Films and Its Relationship to Anionic and Electronic Defect Densities. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. Chueh, W., C., Haile, S., M. 2009; 11: 8144-8148
  • Ceria as a Thermochemical Reaction Medium for Selectively Generating Syngas or Methane from H2O & CO2. Chem. Sus. Chem. Chueh, W., C., Haile, S., M. 2009; 2: 735-739
  • Inverse Opal Ceria-Zirconia: Architectural Engineering for Heterogeneous Catalysis. Energy Environ. Sci. Umeda, G., A., Chueh, W., C., Noailles, L., Haile, S., M., Dunn, B., S. 2008; 1: 484 - 486
  • Electrochemical Behavior of Ceria with Selected Metal Electrodes. Solid State Ionics Chueh, W., C., Lai, W., Haile, S., M. 2008; 179: 1036 - 1041
  • Tunability of Propane Conversion over Alumina Supported Pt and Rh Catalysts. Top. Catal. Chueh, W., C., Shao, Z., Haile., S., M. 2007; 46: 402 - 413
  • High Power-Density Single-Chamber Fuel Cells Operated on Methane. J. Power Sources Shao, Z., Mederos, J., Chueh, W., C., Haile, S., M. 2006; 162: 589 - 596