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Research Keyword: Center for Clean Energy Engineering

Faculty: Agrios, Alexander
Department: Civil & Environmental Engineering
Excerpt: Transparent Conducting Aerogels: A transparent conducting oxide material (antimony-doped tin oxide) fabricated in the aerogel morphology, which is a high-surface area, high-porosity, highly networked structure. The aerogels can be conformally coated with other materials by atomic layer deposition providing both a more rigid structure and one with intended interface properties. Molecularly Tethered Nanocatalysts: Platinum nanoparticles […]
Categories | Keywords: Center for Clean Energy Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, combined PV/thermal solar collectors, energy and environmental applications of nanotechnology, photocatalytic pollutant remediation, photoelectrochemical solar energy conversion

Faculty: Bonville, Leonard
Department: Choose Department
Excerpt: Prior to joining UConn, I had 35 years of commercial experience as a development engineer and manager with proven skills for prototype fabrication and scale-up of membranes, catalyst coated membranes, membrane electrode assemblies, and bipolar plates for PEM fuel cells.
Categories | Keywords: cell decay, Center for Clean Energy Engineering, fabrication and scale up of fuel cell components, fuel cell systems, membrane degradation, PEM Fuel Cells, prototype fabrication

Faculty: Maric, Radenka
Department: Materials Science & Engineering
Excerpt: Dr. Maric’s research has been focused on fundamental understanding of the effect of structure, defects, and microstructure on transport and electrical properties of surfaces and interfaces. In particular, she is interested in developing novel materials for fuel cell, batteries and biosensors, durability study, performance and life prognosis, aging, material state changes, and long term behavior. […]
Categories | Keywords: batteries, bio-sensors, biomaterials, Center for Clean Energy Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, coating technologies, fuel cells, Institute of Materials Science, Materials Science and Engineering, nanomaterials, thin films

Faculty: Mustain, William
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Excerpt: Controlling Microstructure and Surface Chemistry of Catalyst and Support Materials – In this project, our group uses silicate templating to precisely control the pore structure of carbon, metals, oxides, etc.  We also use the reaction precursor and conditions to control microcrystallinity and to purposefully incorporate adatoms into the structure (i.e. N into C, Sn into In2O3).  These adatoms give […]
Categories | Keywords: batteries, catalysts, Center for Clean Energy Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, electrochemistry, fuel cells, fuel synthesis, Institute of Materials Science

Faculty: Park, Sung-Yeul
Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Excerpt: Dr. Park’s recent research efforts have focused on smart energy and power conversion systems in the distributed power network and renewable energy grid integration applications. Dr. Park seeks the way of full utilization of power electronic technologies so that: The power quality of distributed power network will be enhanced The benefit from renewable energy and […]
Categories | Keywords: battery energy conversion and management systems, building power systems and power quality, Center for Clean Energy Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, grid-connected-inverter, microgrid, power conditioning system, power electronics, renewable integration, smart building power network, smart energy and power conversion

Faculty: Pasaogullari, Ugur
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Excerpt: Dr. Pasaogullari received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2005. He earned his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering with high honors from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey and M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1999 and 2003, respectively. His current research focuses on thermal […]
Categories | Keywords: Center for Clean Energy Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, multi-physics multi-scale computational modeling, transport phenomena in fuel cells

Faculty: Singh, Prabhakar
Department: Materials Science & Engineering
Excerpt: Professor Prabhakar Singh enjoys hands-on research in the field of high temperature metals and alloys, functional ceramics and coatings, fuel processing and clean-up for applications in clean and efficient energy systems. His interests and expertize include development of solid oxide and molten carbonate fuel cells, oxygen transport membranes, warm temperature carbon capture and corrosion resistant […]
Categories | Keywords: Center for Clean Energy Engineering, corrosion and oxidation in complex atmospheres, electrochemistry, electronic and ionic conducting oxides, energy, high temperature materials, Materials Science and Engineering, molten salt systems and carbonate fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cells, thermochemistry

Faculty: Valla, Julia A.
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Excerpt: Dr. Valla’s research has focused on the nanoscale engineering of catalysts (mainly zeolites) for the production of advanced bio(fuels) and bio(chemicals). Our objectives are: a) Development of hierarchical pore structure zeolites (e.g ZSM-5, USY) with reduced diffusion limitations for easy access of heavy molecules and less coke formation; b) Development of multifunctional zeolites by encapsulation […]
Categories | Keywords: biomass pyrolysis, Center for Clean Energy Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, desulfurization, fuel processing, hierarchical pore structure zeolites, hydroprocessing, Institute of Materials Science

Faculty: Zhang, Peng
Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Excerpt: Dr. Zhang’s recent research interests include (1) Forecasting and managing of power system resilience and reliability, (2) Scalable microgrid technologies through fast speed networking and non-synchronous grid interconnection and (3) Smart ocean energy technologies for energy resiliency and efficiency in cyber-aquatic systems.
Categories | Keywords: Center for Clean Energy Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, fast speed programmable network, microgrid, power electronics, power system resilience and reliability, smart ocean technologies, wireless charging