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PRODUCTION / HARVESTING

01-en-prodEnergy is the juice that runs today’s world. Energy is also one of the main cause of much of turmoil in world’s politics. Clean, economical, and sustainable production of sufficient energy to satisfy the need of 8 billion humans requires continued research and development in production and harvesting of available primary and secondary energy sources: fossil, renewables, nuclear, biofuels, electricity, and hydrogen.

 

Areas of Research Focus

The University of Illinois is home to some of the most cutting edge research in the field of energy production and the new field of energy harvesting. From research on making renewables such as wind and solar more competitive, fossil-based energy production more clean, nuclear power more economical while being safe, to efficient production of secondary energy sources such as electricity and hydrogen, research and development at the University of Illinois is addressing the challenges being faced in production, extraction and harvesting of energy for a sustainable planet. Some specific projects:

  • Small modular nuclear reactor design.
  • Making coal clean by carbon sequestration.
  • Ethanol production.
  • Making solar thermal and solar photovoltaic competitive.
  • Engineering solutions for biomass feedstock production and provision.
  • Demonstration of biomass boiler using chopped Miscanthus for on-farm heating.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from land use change.
  • Small modular (nuclear) reactors.
  • Sodium-cooled fast reactors.
  • Digital instrumentation and control for nuclear power plants.
  • Reliable unconventional hydrocarbon resource assessment methodologies.
  • Geochemical tracers in oil and gas fingerprinting

Researchers

Ange-Therese Akono

Ange-Therese Akono

Efficient energy systems

CEE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

James Allison

James Allison

Electro-thermal system design

ISE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Can Bayram

Can Bayram

Microelectronics and photonics

ECE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Joseph Bentsman

Joseph Bentsman

Controls and dynamics

MechSE Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Carl Bernacchi

Carl Bernacchi

Biofuels and bioenergy

Plant Biology Dept profile

Lab page

Hans Blaschek

Hans Blaschek

Biofuels

FSHN Dept profile

Lab page

Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown

Bioenergy crops

Crop Sciences Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Leonardo P. Chamorro

Leonardo P. Chamorro

Fluid mechanics and thermal sciences

MechSE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Evan H. DeLucia

Evan H. DeLucia

Bioenergy feedstock production

Plant Biology Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Ying Diao

Ying Diao

Thermal materials

ChBE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

C. Armando Duarte

C. Armando Duarte

Hydraulic fracturing

CEE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

A. Bryan Endres

A. Bryan Endres

Biomass and biofuels

ACE Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Scott Frailey

Scott Frailey

Petroleum engineering and CO2 storage

Illinois State Geological Survey profile

Illinois Experts page

Sallie Greenberg

Sallie Greenberg

Carbon sequestration and climate change

Illinois State Geological Survey profile

Illinois Experts page

Tony Grift

Tony Grift

Biomass production

ABE Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Damien Guironnet

Damien Guironnet

Catalysis

ChBE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer

Electrocatalysis

Chemistry Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Alan Hansen

Alan Hansen

Biomass, biofuels, and diesel engines

ABE Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Kiruba Haran

Kiruba Haran

Power and energy systems

ECE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Alfred Hubler

Alfred Hubler

Nanocapacitors, nuclear power, and grids

Physics Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Yong-Su Jin

Yong-Su Jin

Biofuels and synthetics

Bioengineering Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Madhu Khanna

Madhu Khanna

Biomass and biofuels

ACE Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Harrison Kim

Harrison Kim

Energy systems engineering

ISE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Philip Krein

Philip Krein

Power and energy systems

ECE Dept profile

Jessica Krogstad

Jessica Krogstad

Materials structure and durability

MatSE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar

Hydraulic engineering

CEE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Andrew Leakey

Andrew Leakey

Biomass and biofuels

Plant Biology Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

DoKyoung Lee

DoKyoung Lee

Biomass and biofuels

Crop Sciences Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Xiuling Li

Xiuling Li

Nanotechnology and photovoltaics

ECE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Stephen P. Long

Stephen P. Long

Biomass and biofuels

Plant Biology Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Ben McCall

Ben McCall

Molecular ion spectroscopy

Chemistry Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Nenad Miljkovic

Nenad Miljkovic

Fluid mechanics and thermal sciences

MechSE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Ralph Nuzzo

Ralph Nuzzo

Photovoltaics and catalysis

Chemistry Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O'Brien

Traditional and alternative energies

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center profile

Illinois Experts page

Roland Okwen

Roland Okwen

Enhanced oil recovery and carbon capture

Illinois State Geological Survey profile

Illinois Experts page

Donald Ort

Donald Ort

Photosynthesis

Plant Biology Dept profile

Lab page

Carlos Pantano-Rubino

Carlos Pantano-Rubino

Fluid dynamics and thermal sciences

MechSEDept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Kent Rausch

Kent Rausch

Bioprocessing

ABE Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Joaquin Rodriguez-Lopez

Joaquin Rodriguez-Lopez

Electrochemistry for energy storage materials

Chemistry Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Cassandra Rutherford

Cassandra Rutherford

Geotechnical engineering

CEE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Peter W. Sauer

Peter W. Sauer

Power systems and security

ECE Dept profile

TCIPG profile

Illinois Experts page

André Schleife

André Schleife

Nanoscale science and technology

MatSE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Diwakar Shukla

Diwakar Shukla

Molecular engineering

ChBE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Ashlynn Stillwell

Ashlynn Stillwell

Hydraulic engineering

CEE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

James Stubbins

James Stubbins

Nuclear power

NPRE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Rizwan Uddin

Rizwan Uddin

Nuclear power

NPRE Dept profile

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Illinois Experts page

Al Valocchi

Al Valocchi

Hydraulic engineering

CEE Dept profile

Lab page

Alexander Vakakis

Alexander Vakakis

Controls and dynamics

MechSE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Thomas Voigt

Thomas Voigt

Bioenergy crops

Crop Science Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Xinlei Wang

Xinlei Wang

Building energy efficiency and diesel engines

ABE Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Scott Willenbrock

Scott Willenbrock

Elementary particle theory

Physics Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Donna Caraway Willette

Donna Caraway Willette

Petroleum geochemistry

Illinois State Geological Survey profile

Yuanhui Zhang

Yuanhui Zhang

Indoor air quality

ABE Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

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