The research areas of this lab are thermal engineering sciences with applications to:

  • green energy, and
  • pollution control

The short version of this connection is that thermal energy production from the combustion of fossil fuels and biofuels also creates primary air pollutants, including particulate matter (PM) and acidic gases (e.g., sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitric oxides (NOx), and carbon dioxide (CO2). The acidic gases are converted into secondary air pollutants, consisting mostly of aerosol particles suspended in the air. Recent advances in nanotechnology may also result in the direct formation of nanosized aerosols (nanoaerosols) when engineered nanomaterials become airborne during their making and utilization.

Expertise at the laboratory

  • Green Energy
    • Hydrothermal conversion
    • Hydrogen production
    • Biomass and waste management  
  • Nanotechnology
    • Nanofiber and its applications
    • Nanoaerosol filtration
    • Nanoaerosol measurement
    • Nanoaerosol generation and characterization
  • Post-combustion Air Emission Control
    • Acidic gas (CO2/SO2/NOx) absorption
    • Diesel engine emission abatement
    • Mass transfer between gas-liquid system
    • Chemical reaction kinetics

Sample Research Projects

PhD Program: Accepting Applications

Two immediate openings in our PhD program in thermal engineering, waste to energy for sustainable cities, nanofiber for energy and environment and other closely related areas of research. Apply now!