Energy and Environment

Research in this area encompasses combustion, fuel-cell technologies, and atmospheric physics and impacts. The topic of combustion addresses the fundamental fluid-dynamical, heat-transfer and chemical mechanisms governing combustion in diverse settings. Fuel-cell research encompasses the development of fuel-cell technology, hybrid engines and thermionic devices. Activities cover the thermodynamics of energy systems, the controls associated with advanced energy systems and systems analyses. The area of atmospheric physics and impacts comprises the modeling and controlling of chemical pollution, particle dispersion and noise emission caused by energy-generation and propulsion devices.