Energy

Energy research in ChEMS is focused on developing enablng technologies that improve the performance of alternative energy sources  (biofuels, solar power, solid oxide fuel cells, advanced nuclear energy production), and improve the energy efficiency of critical systems (advanced gas turbines, LED-light sources).




Featured Student

Sneha Srikrishnan, Second-year Ph.D. Student
AdvisorNancy DaSilva
"My research involves using the tools of biotechnology to help resolve the nation's energy crisis.  Specifically, I am genetically engineering two yeast (Pichia pastoris and Saccharomyces cerevisiae) to convert biomass, such as switch grass, to fermentable sugars which can be used to produce bioethanol."

Faculty


Nancy Da Silva
, Ph.D., Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests:  Molecular biotechnology

Research Presentation Slides
Email: ndasilva @ uci . edu

 


Martha Mecartney
, Ph.D., Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests:  Sol-gel processing of oxide ceramics, including thin films, grain boundaries in ceramics, interfacial engineering of superplastic ceramics, and analytical transmission electron microscopy
Research Presentation Slides
Email: martham @ uci . edu


Ali Mohraz
, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests:  Understand and exploit colloidal interactions, chemistry, assembly, and response to external fields to design microstructured materials with enhanced functionality for composites, biomimetic applications, alternative energy, and environmental remediation
Research Presentation Slides
Email: mohraz @ uci . edu
 

Daniel Mumm
, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests:  Development of materials for power generation systems, propulsion, integrated sensing, advanced vehicle concepts and platform protection
Email: mumm @ uci . edu


Mikael Nilsson
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Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests:  Actinide chemistry, solvent extraction fundamental chemistry and process development, extraction and detection equipment development, radiolysis and phase composition of organic solvent
Research Presentation Slides
Email: 
nilssonm @ uci . edu


Frank Shi
, Ph.D., Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Research Interests:  Optoelectronic Devices and Materials, Optoelectronic device packaging materials, optoelectronic medical devices and packaging, white LED technologies, high power LED packaging
Research Presentation Slides
Email: fgshi @ uci . edu


Albert Yee
, Ph.D., Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering, and Chemistry
Research Interests:  Materials science aspects of polymers and soft materials, particularly on how they are used to impact nanotechnology
Research Presentation Slides
Email: afyee @ uci . edu