Research

The faculty in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering has a wide array of research expertise

Energy Science & Engineering

Fuel Science, Advanced Conversion Methods, Carbon Capture, Solar Ecology, Materials for Energy Electrochemistry Conversion, Fuel Cells and Batteries, Solar Systems Engineering, Biofuels, Catalysis

Faculty in this area apply experimental and modelling tools in science and engineering to develop next generation technologies for fuel processing for sustainable clean power, efficient and environmentally friendly energy conversion, energy storage, and power production. Examples include research in fuel chemistry, advanced combustion processes like chemical looping combustion and pressurized oxy-fuel combustion, catalytic conversion, carbon capture technologies, materials science for energy applications, electrochemical storage of energy, biofuels, and integration of solar and photovoltaic energy at scale.

Energy Systems Engineering & Energy Economics 

Electricity and Natural Gas Markets, Grid Optimizations and Simulation

Faculty engaged in this research area apply economics, operations research, and engineering to market design and system design and operations. Examples include electricity market design, economics of technological innovation, planning robust, sustainable, and resilient energy infrastructures under uncertainty, integration of electricity and natural gas systems and markets, and economics of environmental regulations on energy systems.

Mining Engineering & Industrial Safety & Health

Ground Control, Ventilation, Dynamic Optimization of Production Systems, Mine Electrical Systems, Occupational Safety & Health Systems, Exposure Assessment, Risk Characterization & Mitigation, Regulatory & Minerals Policy Analysis, Coal Preparation, Mineral Processing, Rare Earth Extraction from Secondary Sources, Environmental Management 

Faculty engaged in this research apply science and engineering principles to develop sustainable methods and processes to extract and beneficiate mineral resources in a safe, economic, and environmentally responsible manner; and to the identification, characterization, and mitigation of risks to safety and health that arise from extraction, beneficiation, and use of mineral and energy-related resources. This research spans the full life-cycle of the mineral industries, and includes analysis of the effectiveness of regulatory policies on safety and health, as well as on the economic affects of policy on the development of mineral resources.

Petroleum/Gas Engineering & Subsurface

Unconventional Production, Stimulation, Reservoir Characterization and Simulation, Digital Rock Physics, Multiphase Flow & Transport Phenomena in Porous Media, Subsurface Coupled Processes

Faculty engaged in this area apply science and engineering concepts to advance cutting-edge research and technologies for the efficient recovery of hydrocarbons and other Earth fluids from complex natural systems. This entails the use of techniques for the description, study, and high performance computation of complex subsurface processes. Examples include the study of field-scale characterization, seismic data integration, rock and fluid interactions, hydraulic fracturing design and evaluation, surface production design, recovery from unconventional resources including tight sands, shales, coal bed methane, hydrates and bituminous oil reservors, enhanced recovery processes, groundwater remediation, geothermal energy extraction, and sequestration of CO2 and other greenhouse gases.

 

EMS Energy Institute - The Research Facilitator for EME Faculty >>

Many of the Department's faculty conduct their research through the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' Energy Institute. The Institute maintains approximately 45,000 square feet of modern office and laboratory space. EME and the EMS Energy Institute faculty work closely to develop and execute a wide array of research programs. A prominent and successful example is the creation of industrially-driven consortia, which are centered around solving real world problems. One such endeavor involves working closely with the coal and carbon industries to examine non-fuel uses of coal. This industrial consortium was developed in late 1998 and currently enjoys a membership of nearly 60 companies. This successful consortium model is currently being modified and tailored for the oil and gas industry. The success of these industrial consorita is one example of how the unique relationship between the EME faculty and the EMS Energy Institute is meeting the needs of industry.