Richard g lugar center for renewable energy. Challenges faced by renewable energy. Economical: Cost Technical: Reliability Social: Acceptance Political: Government Policies.
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education and outreach
sound public policyMission Statement
Associate Director: Dr. Alan Jones, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
Associate Director: Ken Richards, Associate Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, IU Bloomington.Leadership
Future hydrogen-rich renewable and synthetic fuels enable super-efficient combustion engines for power and transport.
The Center conducts research on fuel conversion and utilization from non-petroleum sources, and novel clean combustion and pulsed compressor technologies for aircraft, automobile, and power-generation engines.
Catalysts and Membrane Synthesis
Molecular Scale Characterization
Fuel Cell Fabrication and Testing
Electrode and Membrane Fabrication
Performance, Durability and Impendence Testing
Commercial and Residential
Regenerative Fuel Cell System (RFCS)Highlights in Fuel Cell Research
White et al. Nature, 2001
Demonstrated life extension
in model polymers
Maher Rizkalla Matt Rubin
Thermovoltaic cells use multiple thermal phonons (heat waves) with non-discrete energy levels to generate electric carriers from all phonons, allowing them to convert waste heat into energy.
Calculations support power density of 0.6W/cm2 at 300K for bi-layer device (shown left). Could reach 60%-80% efficiency
Yaobin Chen, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Power grid coupling, HEV
Steve Rovnyak, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Power grid coupling
Sarah Koskie, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Power grid coupling
Anwar Sohel, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. HEV and PHEVCurrent Members
David McSwane, Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indianapolis. Policies
Ken Richards, Associate Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Bloomington. Policy and economics of energy and CO2 sequestration.
Patricia Fox, Assistant Professor, Engineering and Technology, policy, economics, and SustainabilityCurrent Members
Andrew Hsu, Professor of ME, Fuel Cell Systems (1999)
Rongrong Chen, Associate Professor of MET. Electrochemistry, catalysis, fuel cells, batteries (2004)
Guofeng Wang, Assistant Professor of ME, Materials (2007)
Jian Xie, Assistant Professor of ME, electrochemistry, fuel cell and batteries (2007)
Guigui Wang, Assistant Research Professor, polymer membrane synthesis (2007)
Dong Xie, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Polymer synthesis
Kelsey M. Forsythe, Director of Computational Molecular Science Facility; Quantum and molecular simulation of fuel cell catalysis
Jeffery Zaleski, Professor of Chemistry. IUB. Macrocycle Catalysts synthesis
Hasan Akay, Chancellor’s Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Computer modeling
Alan Jones, Assistant Professor of ME, Membrane DurabilityCurrent Members