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    Energy & Sustainability



    Energy related research has always been an area of traditional strength at IIT, mostly through the activities of the Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research, the Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering (CESE), and our renewable energy initiatives. The department activities include research programs in fuel cells, batteries, renewable energy, gas cleaning, hydrogen storage, and water management. The department is also a leader in the “house of the future” project, which is intended to provide IIT students and researchers with a living laboratory for testing of novel energy and sustainability technologies.

    Examples of the research interests of individual faculty in energy and sustainability are:

    Javad Abbassian

    GTI Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
    Expertise: Coal gasification; high temperature gas cleaning

    Hamid Arastoopour

    Henry R. Linden Professor of Energy
    Expertise: Computational fluid dynamics of multi-phase systems; nanoparticle fluidization

    Donald Chmielewski

    Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
    Expertise: Design and control of fuel cell and alternative energy systems

    Dimitri Gidaspow

    Distinguished Professor Emeritus
    Expertise: Hydrodynamics of multi-phase flow; computational fluidization; coal gasification; fuel cells

    Satish Parulekar

    Professor of Chemical Engineering
    Expertise: Modeling of fuel cells; electrodeposition

    Jai Prakash

    Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering
    Expertise: Electrochemical characterization and synthesis of novel materials for batteries and fuel cells

    Vijay Ramani

    Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
    Expertise: Hybrid materials for PEM fuel cells; fuel cell hydration and degradation issues