Wesley Henderson

Wesley Henderson joined the US Army as a combat engineer after high school in 1988. Shortly thereafter, he found himself in the desert of Iraq during the first Gulf War. When he began college a few years later in 1992, research towards sustainable energy became a core focus of his future education and career as reflected in his professional experiences and current research interests.

While at Humboldt State University (northern California) majoring in Environmental Resources Engineering, he learned about the potential of H2O electrolysis using photovoltaics to generate H2 as a future fuel and the corresponding use of fuel cells. After two years at Humboldt, he transferred to UC Santa Barbara and began a double major in Chemical Engineering/ Chemistry. There he performed undergraduate research under Prof. Fred Wudl on electronically conducting polymers and had a summer internship at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory working for Prof. Elton Cairns on fuel cell research. After UC Santa Barbara, he began work with the MST-11 group at Los Alamos National Laboratory conducting research on electrochemical (super) capacitors with conducting polymers and electroosmotic drag measurements in MeOH fuel cells. From there, he went to graduate school at the University of Minnesota working under Prof. William Smyrl conducting research on Li+ conducting PEO-based polymer electrolytes and related glyme-lithium salt mixtures. Upon receiving an NSF International Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, he moved to Rome to work for two years with Dr. Stefano Passerini at the Italian ENEA national laboratory conducting research on the use of ionic liquids as electrolyte materials for lithium battery polymer electrolytes. Following this, he worked with Prof. Paul Trulove at the US Naval Academy for three years conducting research on ionic liquid structure-property relationships and the dissolution of silk with ionic liquids.
Prof. Henderson

Wesley Henderson
Associate Professor
Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering


PhD Materials Science & Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2002
BS Chemistry (Summa Cum Laude), U.C. Santa Barbara, 1996

ARO Young Investigator Award (2007)
AFOSR Young Investigator Award (2007)
NSF International Research Fellowship, 2002-2004
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 1998-2001
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (declined), 1998
Graduate School Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 1997
Graduated with Highest Honors (Summa Cum Laude) BS Chemistry
UC Regent's Scholarship, 1994-1996
College of Engineering Dean's Scholarship, 1994-1996
Golden Key Honor Society Senior Scholarship, 1995-1996
California Army National Guard Scholarship, 1993-1994
Phi Lambda Upsilon Honor Society
Tau Beta Pi Honor Society
UC Santa Barbara Golden Key Honor Society

Professional Experience:
2007- Assistant Professor
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
2004-2007 Assistant Research Professor
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
2002-2004 NSF International Research Postdoctoral Fellow
Ente per le Nuove Technologie, l’Energia e l’Ambiente (ENEA - Casaccia Research Center - Italian National Laboratory for New Technologies, Energy and the Environment), Advanced Energy Technologies Division, Rome
2002 Postdoctoral Fellow
Corrosion Research Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1997-2002 Graduate Student
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1996-1997 Staff Researcher
Los Alamos National Laboratory, MST-11 (Electronic & Electrochemical Materials & Devices), Los Alamos, NM
1995-1996 Undergraduate Researcher
Institute for Polymers and Organic Solids (now the Center for Polymers and Organic Solids - CPOS), UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
1995 Summer Research Fellow
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD), Berkeley, CA