Research / Areas of ResearchEnergy & Sustainability
Population growth and growing energy demands are making clear the finiteness of our planet. The CO2 our activities release is leading to climate change. We are consuming fossil fuels at an increasing rate. Potable water is becoming more valuable than oil in some areas of the world. This sobering picture demands that chemical engineers develop more environmentally friendly, energy- and material-efficient chemical processes.
Specific research areas pursued in the department include the design of novel materials for applications such as batteries with high energy density, longer life, and carbon capture and sequestration; discovery of new catalysts for conversion of bio-derived feedstocks; and strategies for renewable feedstock utilization based on environmental modeling and process optimization.