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 chemical and bimolecular engineering. The focus of our department in this research area is:

Bioproduct Engineering &
Synthetic Biology

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Research includes:

  • catalytic conversion
  • metabolic engineering
  • protein engineering
  • synthetic biology
  • thermo-chemical conversion

The large-scale generation of power, biofuels, bio-chemicals, and materials derived from biomass that are considered carbon dioxide neutral via next generation bio-refineries.

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Combustion
& Environment Controls

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Research includes:

  • carbon dioxide capture and conversion
  • clean combustion
  • pressurized oxy-coal
  • SOX, NOX, mercury, and particulate material emission reduction and capture

Novel combustion systems for coal, bio-fuels and other fossil fuels that involve carbon dioxide mitigation, control of fine particle and other pollutant emissions.

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Electrochemical
Conversion

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Research includes:

  • batteries
  • energy storage devices
  • electrochemical energy conversion
  • fuel cells

Development and implementation of cost effective electrochemical methods of energy conversion and energy storage technologies.

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