Thermal Energy Group

We are a science-to-systems lab conducting research in manipulating matter at nanoscale dimensions for novel applications in a multitude of thermal, solar, and electrochemical energy devices and systems. We combine theoretical, computational, and experimental techniques to understand energy conversion, storage, and transport.

We have an opening for a postdoc with expertise in the field of chemistry and chemical engineering, with a particular focus on catalysis and thermochemical reactor design.    The Project: Cost-effective decarbonization of heat, which is the dominant source of energy for the industrial and building sector worldwide, is a grand scientific and technological challenge. Currently natural gas is the dominant source of heat in these sectors. Although CO2-free hydrogen is being considered as a potential alternative, infrastructure challenges related to transport and storage of hydrogen are… more
Using our new infrared pyrometer, we set a new Thermal Energy Group record this week, measuring temperatures above 2000° C for the first time! The high temperature chamber is used to study hydrogen production by methane pyrolysis and to investigate high-temperature thermal energy storage materials. The record was set by Nate Weger, Lin Yang, and Clement Messeri using a C-type thermocouple, breaking the record of 1700° C set by Nate Weger and Mahmoud Elzouka. 
We have an immediate opening for a postdoc in the Thermal Energy Science and Technology lab in the field of Carbon Capture. Curbing our CO2 emissions down to zero alone is not enough to avoid catastrophic climate change over the next few decades; we also need to actively extract already emitted CO2 out of the atmosphere. This is known as “Direct Air Capture” (DAC) of carbon, and it will become an essential technology in the coming years. While some technology already exists to accomplish this, it is still in its fledgling state; current methods use more than five times as much energy as is… more