Energy conversion and storage, optical diagnostics and spectroscopy, battery electrolytes and ionic liquids.
Dr. Jason Porter holds a BS, MS, and PhD in mechanical engineering from BYU, the University of Texas at Austin, and Stanford University, respectively. During his graduate studies, he conducted research at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM and at the Nissan Technical Center in Novi, Michigan. Prior to joining BYU, he spent thirteen years as a faculty member at the Colorado School of Mines. His research focuses on developing novel optical tools to study energy conversion and storage technologies. His research has been supported by many industrial and government sponsors on topics including coal and biomass gasification, fuel injection, diagnostics for ionic liquid synthesis, fuel cell and solar cell fabrication, heat transfer in ceramic fiber blankets, and operando diagnostics in batteries. Current applications include studying ion transport in battery electrolytes to improve battery fast charging, measuring polysulfide shuttling to improve cycling in lithium-sulfur batteries, and studying the role of electrolyte instability in battery fires.