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Energy and Environment

Current Research Projects

10/9/17
NGTs are used as an advanced support to boost Pt cathode performance for proton exchange membrane fuel cells, which holds great promise to meet the US DOE 2020 metric targets for fuel cell vehicle applications. 
10/9/17
The primary goal of this project is to develop advanced catalysts and membrane electrodes assembly (MEAs) that may help to revive reversible AMFCs in stationary energy storage. 
10/9/17
The unique chemical and physical properties of graphene, such as its superior electron conductivity, high capacity for Li intercalation, and excellent electrochemical stability, make it one of the most promising materials to be used as an advanced anode in rechargeable LIB systems.
10/9/17
Significantly increased energy density of Li-air batteries. (Reprinted from Energy Technology 20142, 317-324)
10/11/17
The overall goals of the research aim to develop technologies for converting water and nitrogen into energy-dense liquid fuels such as ammonium, and back into electricity or hydrogen fuel on demand via an efficient decomposition process. In two integrated projects, the University at Buffalo Gang Wu lab is collaborating with two industrial organizations, Bettergy Corp. (Peekskill, NY) and Giner Inc (Newton, MA).
10/9/17
The primary approach is to develop novel atomic metal (e.g., Fe, Mn, Co, and Ni) single site catalyst embedded into highly porous and robust carbon matrix via newly developed metal-organic framework and polymer hydrogel methods. In next three years, UB will receive funding around $1.2 million for three projects.
10/9/17
The goal of this project is to develop robust membranes for microalgae dewatering by surface-modification of membranes to increase hydrophilicity and thus superior antifouling properties. 
10/9/17
The goal of this project is to develop sorption enhanced mixed matrix membranes with H₂ permeance of 500 gas permeance units (gpu) and H₂/CO₂ selectivity of 30 at 150-200 °C. 
10/9/17
The goal of this project is to develop a portable, low-cost and energy-efficient nanomembrane patterning scheme, using a laser-chip “stamp”, to achieve excellent antifouling properties for wastewater recovery and reuse.
10/9/17
The goal of this project is to elucidate the effect of pendant rings and crosslinking on membrane gas separation properties, and design advanced materials with superior gas permeability and selectivity, and great stability against aging and plasticization for practical separations.  
11/7/17
Natural gas has been widely used in homes, power plants, factories, and transportation due to its low cost and large domestic reserves. A 50% rise in global natural gas consumption is expected between 2010 and 2035 according to the U. S. Energy Information Administration.