Research Areas


While energy has long been an important topic, concerns about human's environmental footprint, such as those due to concerns about energy related emission (i.e., carbon dioxide, energy security, and rapid global development, have recently brought energy to the forefront of environmental and chemical engineering. The focus of our department in this research area is:

Sustainable Energy

Clean coal facility
Research includes:

  • Bioenergy with carbon capture
Carbon-negative power generation via biomass with carbon capture


Energy Conversion
& Storage

Research includes:

  • Biofuels
  • Hydrogen storage
  • Carbon capture, utilization and storage
  • Batteries

Production of biofuels by engineered microbes; production of renewable fuels from CO2 and H2; low-emissions power generation from fossil fuels; safe and sustainable energy storage technologies


Interface of Energy with Environmental & Chemical Engineering

Research includes:

  • Environmental pollutant emissions and chemical transformations resulting from energy production across scales (residential, centralized, mobile)
  • Carbon capture, utilization and storage
  • Energy-related subsurface operation
  • Electrochemical interfacial instability dynamics

Deciphering the mechanisms of exchange and conversion of materials and energy at the interfaces of nanoparticles, ensembles, and substrates toward high-efficiency and long-life systems.