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Fundamental Research in Sustainable Energy and Carbon Management Program

Fundamental Research in Sustainable Energy and Carbon Management Program

Vision
The vision of the Fundamental Research in Sustainable Energy and Carbon Management Program is to obtain a better understanding of the social impact of climate change and to expand our research in solar, wind, carbon capture, conversion of CO2 into fuels, and efficient use of gaseous fuels in order to shorten our pathway to a sustainable economy.

Goal
The goal of the Fundamental Research in Sustainable Energy and Carbon Management Program is to:

  • develop research needed to use concentrated solar energy (CSE) in chemical, pharmaceutical, and biological processes;
  • continue to conduct research on the development of more efficient wind turbines and the effect of the environment on wind turbine performance;
  • study the impact of climate change on the sustainable development of society;
  • develop cost-effective sorbents for CO2 sorption and regeneration processes and design and scale-up tools for CO2 sorption and regeneration based on the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) approach;
  • conduct research on the development of novel technology for biomass conversion to fuels and efficient utilization and combustion of carbon-based and biofuels; and
  • develop novel processes for conversion of CO2 into fuels.

WISER Seed Funding Grant (WSFG) Projects

"An Atomic-Level Approach to Surface Engineering FeSUltrathin 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)

"Optimal Placement of Wind Turbines for Wind Farm" (2013)
PI: Lulu Kang (MATH); Co-PI: Dietmar Rempfer (MMAE)

"Structural Condition Assessment and Health Monitoring for Wind Turbine Systems with Sensor Fusion" (2013)
PI: Mehdi Modares (CAEE); Co-PI: Erdal Oruklu (ECE)
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Understanding Global Transboundary Politics and Pollution" (2017)
PI:
Matthew Shapiro (PS), Co-PIs: Hao Huang (SS), Brent Stephens (CAEE)

"Development of Advanced Catalysts for Photo-Catalytic Conversion of CO2 to Energy Rich Fuels" (2018)
PI: Mohammad Asadi (ChBE), Co-PIs: Wei Chen (MMAE), Carlo Segre (PHY), Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, UI-Chicago

View Research Faculty, Expertise, and Selected Current Projects

For more information, contact:
Carrie Hall, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering