Clean Energy Technologies

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The clean energy technologies program investigates alternative energy, energy efficiency, and advanced processes and materials that have reduced resource demand and environmental impact. The fast-growing needs of emerging economies cannot be met over the long term without advances in the energy sciences. With the escalating price of fuel, geopolitical instability, and air and water pollution, we must develop a new technological paradigm to power the world’s economy. Our work is directed at innovations that reduce carbon emissions and environmental degradation, while providing low-cost, high-performance substitutes for depleting natural resources.  Below are some examples of the types of research activities taking place in the CET program:

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Daniel Attinger

Attinger’s Lab
Micro and Nanofluidics, Convective Heat Transfer, Single Droplet/Bubble Dynamics, Multiscale Transfer Phenomena for Energy and Forensics Applications
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Xianglan Bai

Thermochemical conversion of biomass (fast pyrolysis & solvolysis), Utilization of waste materials, Biofuels and biobased products
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Robert C. Brown

Director, Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies
Gasification, Fast Pyrolysis, Bio-oil to fuels, Catalysis, Biocatalysis, Torrefaction of biomass, Biochar production for agronomic applications and carbon sequestration nutrient recycling between production agriculture and biofuels manufacturing
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Mark Bryden

Virtual Reality Applications Center
Development of the computational tools, algorithms, understandings, and strategies needed to analyze, understand, create, design, and build complex engineered, natural, or human system.
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Abhijit Chandra

Mechanics of Manufacturing Laboratory
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Jonathan Claussen

Biosensors (Electrochemical & Optical), Bio-Integrated Electronics, BioMEMS and BioNEMS, Micro/Nanoscale Propulsion, Carbon Nanomaterial Growth (Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes, Nanomanufacturing / Materials Printing, Quantum Dots / Carbon Dots, Mass Transport / Fluid Dynamics
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Baskar Ganapathysubramanian

Computational Physics and Mechanics Laboratory
Computational physics, computational mechanics (fluid mechanics and heat transfer), stochastic analysis, uncertainty quantification and propagation, multiscale modeling, control and optimization of complex systems, materials-by-design, and parallel computing and inverse problems.
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Nicole Hashemi

Hashemi Lab
Microfluidics, Biosensors, Optofluidics, Microbial Fuel Cells, Bio-N/MEMS, Diagnostics and Therapeutics, Physics of Micro/Nanoscale Phenomena, Nonlinear Dynamics
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Ted Heindel

Experimental Multiphase Flow Laboratory
The Experimental Multiphase Flow Laboratory investigates hydrodynamics and mixing in gas-liquid, gas-solid, and gas-liquid-solid systems using X-ray flow visualization techniques, as well as gas-liquid mass transfer.
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Ming-Chen Hsu

Fluid–Structure Interaction, Computational Mechanics, Wind Energy Applications, Biomedical Engineering, Isogeometric Analysis, Finite Element Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics
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Song-Charng Kong

Engine Laboratory
Clean Energy Technology, Biofuel Research
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Mark Mba Wright

Energy Systems Analysis, Biomass Conversion Technologies
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Reza Montazami

Montazami Lab
Smart Materials and Structures: Functional Thin-Films and Nanocomposites for Energy Harvesting, Sensors and Actuators, Green Energy, Nature-Inspired Soft Microrobotics (Biomedical Devices and Military Applications), MEMS and NEMS, Renewable Energy ( Electrofuels, Biofuel Cells, Batteries)
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Mike Olsen

Experimental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
Experimental Fluid Mechanics, Microelectromechanical Systems
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Sonal Padalkar

Synthesis, characterization and simulation of hybrid nanostructures for energy related application; Synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for biosensing; Utilizing advanced characterization techniques like TEM, HRTEM, EELS, Atom Probe to obtain solutions for complex research problems; Bottom up synthesis techniques in the fabrication of nanostructures for nanoelectronic applications; Design, Synthesis and Characterization of photoelectrodes for water splitting
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Travis Sippel

Multiphase combustion of propellants, explosives, and pyrotechnics, combustion synthesis, metal combustion, novel uses of energetic materials, combustion diagnostics, nanoscale material synthesis/characterization, and colloid/surface forces
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Sriram Sundararajan

Computation Laboratory
Surface engineering, Micro/nanoscale tribology (friction, lubrication and wear), Multiscale Mechanical behavior of materials, Scanning Probe Microscopy, Thin film characterization using three dimensional atom probe microscopy
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Xinwei Wang

Micro/Nanoscale Thermal Science Laboratory
Thermal transport in micro/nanoscale materials (thin films, coatings, nanowires, and nanotubes): novel technique development for thermal conductivity measurement, the effect of material structure on its thermophysical properties
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Jonathan Wickert

Vibration and Noise Control Laboratory
Mechanical vibration and noise control; continuous and multibody systems dynamics; applied mechanics; applications in computer data storage, flexible web material manufacturing, and friction-vibration interaction
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