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WISER Seed Funding Grant Program

WISER established its Seed Funding Grants (WSFG) Program in 2009 to support and enhance new and innovative cross-disciplinary research concepts that are expected to attract major external funding in areas of national interest related to energy and sustainability.

The following 24 WSFG projects have been funded to date.

Project Title Research Team Investigator/(IIT Dept.)
Facilitating Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Integration through Multidisciplinary Research and Partnership on V2G Topologies and Building the Case for Development of a Market Simulation Tool (2010)

PI: Alireza Khaligh (ECE)
CoPIs:
Navid Sabbaghi (SSB)
Vivian Weil (Ethics)
Abdellatif Miraoui
Univ. of Tech. of France

Energy Sustainable Wireless Acoustic Emission Sensors for Structural Health Monitoring (2010) PI: Jafar Saniie (ECE)
CoPIs:
Erdal Oruklu (ECE)
Jamshid Mohammadi (CAEE)
Preliminary Studies in Support of "EMERALD FOREST" Vision (2010) PI: Fouad Teymour (ChBE)
CoPIs:
Wei Zhang (BCPS)
Satish Parulekar (ChBE)
Enhancing Bioethanol Production from Biomass Using Bacterial Hemoglobin Technology (2010) PI: Benjamin Stark (BIOL)
CoPI:
Krishna Pagilla (CAEE)
Fenestration Guidelines for Energy Efficient Facades in Commercial Buildings (2011) PI: Majoub Elnimeiri (ARCH)
CoPIs:
Herek Clack (MMAE)
Dong-Hwan Ko (ARCH)

Smart-Building Optimization and Assessment Tool (S-BOAT) (2011) PI: Donald Chmielewski (ChBE)
CoPIs:
Ralph Muelheisen (CAEE)
Demetrios Moschandreas (CAEE)
Energy Efficiency Research for Large-Scale Data Centers (2011) PI: Kui Ren (ECE)
CoPI:
Zuyi Li (ECE)
Xue Lin
Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln
An Atomic-Level Approach to Surface Engineering FeS2 Ultrathin Film Photovoltaics (2012) PI: Adam Hock (CHEM)
CoPI:
Carlo Segre (Physics)
Water Hydraulic Transmission for Wind Generator Drive Trains (2012)

PI: Mahesh Krishnamurthy (ECE)
CoPI:
Jose Garcia (MMAE)

Evaluation of the Effects of Green Walls on Building Consumption (2012) PI: Peter Osler (ARCH)
CoPI:
Herek Clack (MMAE)
Antony Wood (ARCH)
Payam Bahrami (ARCH)
Optimal Placement of Wind Turbines for Wind Farm (2013) PI: Lulu Kang (AMATH)
CoPI: Dietmar Rempfer (MMAE)
Structural Condition Assessment and Health Monitoring for Wind Turbine Systems with Sensor Fusion (2013) PI: Mehdi Modares (CAEE)
CoPI: Erdal Oruklu (ECE)
Exploration of the Feasibility of Development of Symbiotic Photosynthetic Ecologies for Direct Production of Biofuels (2013) PI: Fouad Teymour (ChBE)
CoPI:
Omar Khalil (ChBE)
Satish Parulekar (ChBE)
Philip Laible, Argonne National Laboratory
Quantum Chemistry-based Determination of Oxidative-Aging Pathway of Asphalt and Development of Bio-based Sustainable Solutions (2014) PI: Tongypan Pan (CAEE)
CoPI:
Jeff Terry (PHY)
Using Psychology to Train Technology with Power-Assisted Wheelchairs (2014)

PI: Mahesh Krishnamurthy (ECE)
CoPI:
Eun-Jeong Lee (PSY)

Phase-Change Composite Material (PCMM) for Building Thermal Energy Storage (2015)

PI: Don Chmielewski (ChBE)
CoPIs:
Zuyi Li (ECE)
Mahesh Krishnamurthy (ECE)
Said Al Hallaj, All Cell Technologies, LLC

R&D for Growth: Towards a Center for Sustainable and Efficient Urban Agriculture (2015)

PI: Brent Stephens (CAEE)
CoPIs:
Rodger Cooley (ARCH)

Adaptive Ventilation Management Cyber-System for Energy Efficient Buildings (2015)

PI: Ivan Mutis (CAEE)
CoPI:
Ravi Srinivasan, University of Florida

Enabling a Resilient and Secure Energy Infrastructure Using Software-Defined Networking (2016) PI: Dong (Kevin) Jin (CS)
CoPIs:
Zuyi Li (ECE)
Chen Chen, Argonne National Laboratory
Optimizing Biofilm-Electrode Properties for Developing Sustainable Microbial Fuel Cells (2017) PI: Seok Hoon Hong (ChBE)
CoPI:
David Sanchez, University of Pittsburgh
Monolithic Electrodes Made of Nanostructured Materials to Advance Li-S Battery Technology (2017)

PI: Braja Mandal (CHEM)
CoPI:
Carlo Segre (PHYS)

Understanding Global Transboundary Politics and Pollution (2017)

PI: Matthew Shapiro (PS)
CoPIs:
Hao Huang (SS)
Brent Stephens (CAEE)

Development of Advanced Catalysts for Photo-electrocatalytic Conversion of CO2 to Energy Rich Fuels (2018) PI: Mohammad Asadi (ChBE)
CoPIs:
Wei Chen (MMAE)
Carlo Segre (PHY)
Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, University of Illinois-Chicago
PARSED: Privately Sharing Smart Energy Data (2018)

PI: Yuan Hong (CS)
CoPIs:
Dong (Kevin) Jin (CS)
Zuyi Li (ECE)