Energy Science and Engineering
Catalysis, fuel cells, carbon capture and sequestration, environmental engineering, solar energy, hydrogen production, process optimization, natural gas conversion
Energy-related research in Chemical Engineering at CMU has been the fastest growing segment of our research portfolio, covering many technologies including CO2 capture and sequestration, electrochemical energy systems such as fuel cells, catalysis, solar cell production, environmental impacts of energy systems, energy systems modeling and optimization. A wide range of approaches are used such as surface science studies of catalysis, applied electrochemical studies, materials preparation, computational molecular simulations, and the use of optimization and stochastic modeling techniques in systems research. Many faculty in Chemical Engineering are involved, including members from all of the other research areas.
Much of the department’s energy research is collaborative with the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), a US Department of Energy national laboratory. Carnegie Mellon University has joined forces with NETL and four other universities to create the Regional University Alliance which is directed at Carnegie Mellon by Andy Gellman. The NETL-RUA fosters a research and development program that integrates researchers and activities from NETL and the five Universities with the long term goal of transition of our energy infrastructure toward a sustainable system. It supports ~100 faculty members and ~150 PhD students and postdocs with funding of ~$20M /yr. The NETL-RUA has interests in materials, process systems, catalysis, CO2 management, sensors, energy conversion devices, gas hydrates, deep oil and gas, water management, combustion, shale gas development and conversion, and environmental impact of our energy infrastructure.