Tom Guarr is director of Research and Development at the Organic Energy Storage Laboratory at the Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute-Holland. His current research is focused on using organic materials for various types of electrical energy storage.
Examples of ongoing projects include work toward the use of conductive polymers as active supercapacitor materials, the synthesis of “redox shuttles” to prevent overcharging in lithium batteries, and the development of novel “redox flow” batteries for grid storage applications.
Other active projects involve the synthesis of new luminescent organic materials, a spectroscopic study, and the development pf inexpensive biosenors. Several catalysis projects are also planned.