Advanced Technology and Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications

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In our fast-paced growing society and continuously changing environment, there are two ways of responding to energy and environmental related challenges: reactively or proactively. The faculty and researchers of EME strive to design the future and are committed to push the existing boundaries of knowledge towards sustainable engineering and science practices through the advancement of technologies and materials.

The Advanced Technology and Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications cluster aims to educate future decision makers in the industry and shift paradigms in engineering in the 21st century.

This research cluster emphasizes on the development of technologies, which will shape the contemporary energy applications and environmental stewardship, and materials which will improve their performance for sustainable future. Examples of research in this pursuit include: 

  • Advanced power generation methods, like oxy-fuel combustion or coal and biomass co-gasification. Our interests are in designing entrained flow gasification process, at high temperature and pressures under corrosive environment. Specific research includes identifying an optimum condition of solid loading, particle-size distribution, type of additive and dosage of additive for a given carbonaceous solid-water slurry.
  • Extraction and separation of critical materials from conventional and unconventional sources. Our research focuses on the development of reliable methods to characterize deposits of critical materials, advanced technologies for separation including bio-geochemical methods and solid-state separation technology.
  • Reinforced polymer composite for hydrogen storage. Our approach is to synthesize carbon nanotubes directly upon the metal foil to form a distributed interface when incorporated into the polymer matrix, bridging the dissimilar materials. This will result in strong interfacial bonding that is fundamental to composite reinforcement and consequently safe and efficient hydrogen storage
  • Understanding carbon formation and deposition mechanisms to control structure, properties and kinetics of desirable and undesirable coke formation and the production of carbon materials. Our specific interests are in Carbon materials from petroleum and coal and carbon composite materials, Graphitic carbon through carbonaceous mesophase formation, preparation of activated carbons from biomass

In tandem to these technologies, materials research is essential to revitalize the energy sector and increase the efficacy of many environmental systems. EME researchers combine these materials with the above technologies to advance multi-variable processes, such as unconventional oil and gas extraction, mining operations or treatment of wastes produced from these activities. Examples of these materials span from synthesizing thin films for photovoltaic devices, developing materials for hydrogen storage to innovating adsorbents for selective recovery of critical materials. 

    Research Experts

Semih  Eser Semih Eser
Professor of Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
114A Hosler Building
814-863-1392
seser@psu.edu
Jeremy Gernand Jeremy Gernand
Assistant Professor of Industrial Health and Safety
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
121 Hosler Building
814-865-5861
jmgernand@psu.edu
William Groves William Groves
Associate Professor of Industrial Health and Safety
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
223 Hosler Building
814-863-1618
wag10@psu.edu
Thanasis Karamalidis Thanasis Karamalidis
Assistant Professor of Environmental Systems Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
204 Hosler
814-863-0375
akk5742@psu.edu
Mark Klima Mark Klima
Associate Professor of Mineral Processing and Geo-Environmental Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
153 Hosler Building
814-863-7942
msk4@psu.edu
Sarma Pisupati Sarma Pisupati
Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering;
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
126B Hosler Building
814-865-0874
spisupati@psu.edu
Ljubisa Radovic Ljubisa Radovic
Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
205 Hosler Building
814-863-0594
lrr3@psu.edu
Mohammad Rezaee Mohammad Rezaee
Assistant Professor of Mining Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
122 Holser Building
814-863-1620
mzr288@psu.edu
Chunshan Song Chunshan Song
Distinguished Professor of Fuel Science, and Professor of Chemical Engineering
EMS Energy Institute, John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
C211 CUL
814-863-4466
csong@psu.edu
Randy Vander Wal Randy Vander Wal
Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
203 Hosler Building
814-865-5813
ruv12@psu.edu
Meng Wang Meng Wang
Assistant Professor in Environmental Systems Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
120 Hosler
814-863-6388
mxw1118@psu.edu

Affiliated Faculty (Other Departments):

  • Osseo Asare
  • Maureen Fineman
  • Lee Kump