Rudiyanto Gunawan, an associate professor of chemical and biological engineering, is the lead PI of a recent National Science Foundation award to establish an Institute for Data-Intensive Research in Science and Engineering (DIRSE).
Assistant Professsor Elina Kyriakidou has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from U.S. DOE-NREL for low temperature CH4 conversion by developing a novel aftertreatment system for future natural gas vehicles using palladium-based catalysts.
The goal of this project is to develop advanced membrane materials for CO/N separation, which can be adapted to membrane processes for CO capture from fossil fuel-fired power plants, cement plants, steel plants and other industrial facilities.
Haiqing Lin, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is helping Helios-NRG develop efficient, long-lasting membranes for inexpensively separating algae and water. Lin's research group is working to develop robust membranes for microalgae dewatering by surface-modification of membranes to increase hydrophilicity and thus superior antifouling properties.
There is broad interest in developing membrane systems for handling wastewater from a diverse array of sources (e.g., household wastewater, drainfields). The ideal membrane permits pure water to permeate through and rejects contaminants. The permeated water is then reused, reducing the impact of the wastewater on the environment.
Research in Computational Science and Engineering focuses on thermodynamic behavior, fluid dynamics, reaction mechanisms (both biological and chemical), bioinformatics, and modeling devices and systems.