Faculty & Research

Research Centers & Shared Facilities

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Research Centers

Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering (CASE)

CASE is focused on the advancement of knowledge through aerosol science and technology in the areas of energy, environment, materials and health.

Center for Engineering MechanoBiology

CEMB seeks to advance the study of mechanical forces in molecules, cells, and tissues in plants and animals.

Center for Water Innovation (CWI)

CWI supports collaborative research that enables sustainable water and wastewater management and addresses the nexuses of water-energy, water-environment, water-health and water-food.

Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization

The CCCU’s goal is to foster the use of coal as a safe and affordable source of energy and as a chemical feedstock, with minimal impact on the environment.
CCCU research


The GEOS-Chem community goal is to advance the understanding of human and natural influences on the environment through a comprehensive, state-of-the-science, readily accessible global model of atmospheric composition, named GEOS-Chem.


The Institute of Materials Science & Engineering

IMSE provides an interdisciplinary approach to provide the greatest opportunities for unprecedented discoveries and educates the next generation of materials scientists.

Synthetic biology Manufacturing of Advanced materials Research Center (SMARC)

SMARC's goal is to combat plastic waste by creating a circular bioplastic economy that eliminates non-biodegradable plastics from polluting land and sea. To accomplish this, researchers are designing synthetic biological materials (SBMs) or bio-derived polymeric materials with highly tunable properties produced by microorganisms.

SMARC center

Surface Particulate Matter Network (SPARTAN)

Ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is the leading environmental risk factor for the global burden of disease. SPARTAN measures globally-distributed fine particulate concentrations to evaluate and enhance satellite remote sensing estimates of PM2.5.

Shared Facilities

The Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering maintains a set of shared facilities as outlined below. The facilities range from routine chemical, physical and materials characterization facilities, to state-of-the-art nanomaterials synthesis facilities.

These facilities are available to researchers in the department and others at the university, local region and worldwide.

Chemical and Environmental Analysis Facility (CEAF)

  • Interdisciplinary collaboration and partnership with academia and industry
  • Synthesis and characterization of materials using inbuilt instrumentation techniques

UltraFast Laser Facility at Center for Solar Energy and Energy Storage (CSEES)

  • Spectroscopic and temporal characterization of ultrafast photophysical processes
  • Broad range of materials - natural light harvesting complexes and pigments, semiconductor films and nanoparticles, solar cells, and synthetic dyes
  • Coordinator: Vijay Ramani

Solar Energy and Energy Storage

  • Advance solar energy conversion technologies by promoting development of new materials, devices and system level scale-ups
  • Electrochemical characterization
  • Coordinator: Vijay Ramani

Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering (CASE)

  • Focuses on the advancement of science and technology of aerosol systems
  • Characterize fundamental aerosol formation and transformation processes to determine impacts on the Environment, Climate, and Human Health
  • Coordinators: Ben Kumfer & Jian Wang
CASE EECE Facilities