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Launched at Illinois Tech in 2008,  WISER represents the culmination of more than six decades of university research endeavors in the area of energy and sustainability. 

The goals of WISER's research centers and programs are targeted at creating a pathway to sustainable energy and water, specifically combatting issues of climate change and water shortage using a least-cost strategy. WISER research centers and programs are designed to respond to the short-term, transitional, and long-term WISER Sustainable Energy Strategic Plan.

WISER, with its centers and programs, currently includes more than 80 researchers from colleges and programs across the university who are conducting collaborative activities involving joint research projects with industry, government, and research laboratories and universities.

 WISER Faculty Affiliates are currently conducting research and related projects in the areas outlined below.

Microgrid/Smart Grid

  • research and development of advanced microgrid technology
  • implementation of microgrid and nanogrid at IIT
  • hybrid DC/AC solar energy and energy storage system
  • integration of distributed renewable energy with DC/AC microgrids
  • smart power converters and inverters
  • smart power electronics enabled autonomous power system
  • smart use of electricity and demand response
  • energy finance and electricity markets

Secure and Resilient Energy Infrastructure

  • modeling, supervision, and control of energy infrastructures
  • enhancement of energy infrastructure resilience in adverse conditions
  • development of trustworthy critical energy infrastructures
  • simulation, modeling, and analysis of energy infrastructure cybersecurity
  • software-defined networking for energy infrastructure cybersecurity

Carbon Capture and Sequestration

  • CO2 sorption and CO2 regeneration processes using MgO-based sorbent in circulating fluidized bed systems
  • CFD modeling and simulation of carbon capture proceses

Sustainable Built Environment

  • design of sustainable communities and cities
  • energy efficiency and demand for promoting net-zero communities
  • building-integrated photovoltaics and wind
  • indoor air quality and environmental decontamination
  • IT in building design
  • business strategy and sustainability


  • autonomous vehicles and robotic systems
  • advanced automotive powertrain and thermal management of powertrain components
  • electrified personal mobility (wheelchairs, e-bikes, etc.)
  • electric machine design and motor control
  • high-efficiency internal combustion engines
  • alternative fuels

Urban Farming (UFarm)

  • UFarm at IIT
  • development of rainwater collection and automatic irrigation system for outdoor UFarm
  • integration of solar energy system to provide complete energy requirements for UFarm
  • analysis of food safety and energy, water, GHG footprints of urban farms
  • economic and societal impact of UFarm on the surrounding community


  • water and wastewater treatment
  • water quality monitoring
  • reduction of fresh water use in thermoelectric plants
  • resource recovery
  • water desalination

Natural Gas

  • production of natural gas from hydrate reservoirs
  • production of natural gas from fractured low-permeability reservoirs and environmental issues surrounding production due to hydraulic fracturing (including methane leakage, wastewater treatment, contaminiation of drilling water, and initiation earthquakes)
  • land-based gas turbine power generation
  • connectivity of natural gas with other critical infrastructures (electricity, telecommunications, and water)


  • production of biofuel from algae
  • biofuel combusion
  • enhancing production of bioethanol using bacteria

Renewable Energy

  • optimum design of wind power
  • effect of rainfall on wind turbine performance
  • heat transfer issues regarding concentrated solar systems
  • renewable energy for microgrid and nanogrid
  • renewable energy uncertainty management
  • renewable energy in electricity markets

Energy Storage

  • Li-ion batteries
  • Na-ion batteries
  • hybrid flow batteries
  • fuel cells
  • phase-change materials for removal of heat in battery design
  • long-duration energy storage
  • nanomaterials synthesis and processing
  • hybrid energy storage systems
  • natural gas storage