Charles Monroe is an Associate Professor and College Tutor of Engineering Science, whose interest focusses on the development and modeling of electrochemical devices for energy storage and conversion.
He came to Oxford in 2015 after a prior appointment at the University of Michigan, where he was Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering. His undergraduate study was at Princeton.
Charles earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley, near his hometown of Palo Alto, California.
Charles is primarily interested in batteries and fuel cells, which his research group explores through both theoretical and experimental routes. They are primarily interested in how the performance, degradation and applicability of energy-storage devices correlate with the fundamental properties of the materials comprising them.
The group's projects at the moment involve the theoretical description and experimental characterization of next-generation batteries for vehicles; the development of cheap, long-lived, high-capacity batteries to accompany wind-power or solar-power delivery systems; and the analysis of heat generation, swelling, and degradation in lithium-ion batteries of various types.
Despite their fundamental focus, the Monroe Group try to keep a close eye on the practical applicability of our research. They collaborate with and have been funded by an array of multinational companies, including Robert Bosch LLC, Ford Motor Co., General Electric, DENSO, and Procter & Gamble.