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Welcome to Clean Energy Conversions Laboratory

The Clean Energy Conversions Lab's primary focus is on trace metal (mercury, arsenic, and selenium) and carbon dioxide capture and sequestration processes. The core of the investigations carried out in our group focus on fundamental interfacial chemical phenomena occurring at gas-surface interfaces. Bench-scale combustion experiments are carried out to simulate the flue gas environment. Sorbents, catalysts, and fly ash are modeled in packed-bed or entrained-flow reactors to investigate and test their adsorptive or catalytic activity. Density functional theory-based electronic structure calculations are carried out to provide mechanistic understanding of our experimental findings. Our group works closely with industry to study the fundamental pysicochemical processes of applied problems. Specifically we are focusing on (1) trace metal oxidation and capture, (2) carbon capture using dense membrane technology selective for either hydrogen or nitrogen, and (3) carbon sequestration through understanding surface-CO2 interactions.

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News & Announcements

  • November 2015
    Jen was recently interviewed by ACS Central Science. (Read more)
  • November 2015
    Bryce and Simona shared their great work experience at the WPI in Boston, MA and ITM-CNR in Italy. (Read more)
  • May 2015
    Congratulations to Bryce, who recently won the department's William H. Brigham Memorial Award! (Read more)
  • April 2015
    Congratulations to CEC group members on their awards at SE3's 12th Annual Research Review! (Read more)
  • March 2015
    Jen was recently interviewed about her involvement in a report supported by the National Academy of Sciences. (Read more)

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