Nanoscale transport phenomena; molecular modeling of materials, organic photovoltaic solar cells, modeling electrolytes in Li batteries; synthesis and properties of carbon nanostructures
Building and site energy efficiency design measures; interdisciplinary and open-source design methodologies; integrated building and infrastructure systems design; and interactive and flexible architectural environments
Examining how rural communities and the general public perceive energy systems development (such as carbon capture and storage, nuclear power plants and hydro-electric projects) and how this impacts support for or opposition to technology development and implementation.
Social Norms, Theory, Group Processes
Research focuses on social norms – how they emerge, what makes them effective, and what their relation is to law; theoretically driven research that uses experimental methods to evaluate theoretical predictions; collaborative projects that apply theoretical insights to explain naturally occurring norms
Mergers and acquisitions; price fixing and other antitrust issues in energy, chemical, agricultural and natural resource industries; econometric and other models to evaluate effects of strategic behavior on market structure and conduct, including pricing; evaluation of intellectual property contained in multi-attribute products; preparation of evidence for price arbitration; and evaluation of economic damages
Clean Energy Systems
Novel systems integration strategies that will result in cleaner generation and permit greater use of renewable energy sources. Some of the topics being researched at CESI include: Oxy-FC, Optimal Dispatch of Distributed Generation and Storage, Wind-2-Hydrogen, Reversible SOFC, Fuel Cell Gas Turbine Hybrids, and much more.
Riverbank erosion and stability; field measurements of river flow and sediment; computational fluid dynamics; impact of hydropower operations on river morphology and ecology; environmental impacts of in-stream hydrokinetic energy generation
Sustainability of the biofuels supply chain, development of new biobased resins and plastics and natural fiber composites and biopolymers, and development of advanced materials to improve durability, reduce manufacturing costs and pollution, and improve structural performance