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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

  • May 2014
    CEC group has recently published papers in the Energy and Environmental Science, Annual Review on Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and more! (See publications)
  • May 2014
    Jen's interview was featured in Stanford Report. (Read more)
  • April 2014
    Congratulations to Beibei on winning the 2nd place at the SPE Western Regional Student Paper Contest! (Read more)
  • April 2014
    Jen's Carbon Capture was featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Cornerstone magazine and the April 2014 issue of the Catalyst Review. (Read more)
  • March 2014
    Jen edited a special issue on the International Journal of Coal Geology. (Read more)
  • March 2014
    Bryce was selected for Woods Institute's Rising Environmental Leaders Program! (Read more)

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