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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