In today’s uncertain energy climate, we must not only develop renewable energy sources, but also understand the impact of various past, present and future energy generation processes on the environment. At the University of New Hampshire, my Sustainable Energy and Environmental Development (SEED) Laboratory is tackling these challenges with a three-pronged approach.
My primary research areas include: (1) mitigating the environmental impacts of energy-derived and novel technology pollutants; (2) developing new materials to reduce waste and remediate or retard the spread of contaminants; (3) investigating economically viable and industrially scalable alternative energy sources. Naturally, there is significant overlap between these three areas that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries.
The strong undergraduate curriculum at UNH has enabled me to bring this research straight into the classroom. As part of an NSF-grant, I designed a new experiment on the pyrolysis kinetics of biomass for the Fossil Fuels & Renewable Energies course. In my Separation Processes course, students investigate waste-to-byproduct conversions of biochars to activated carbons. For the UNH Chemical Engineering Graduate Program, I’ve incorporated my own experimental data on the sublimation behavior of environmental pollutant mixtures into the Advanced Thermodynamics course.
If you currently hold a B.S. or M.S. in Chemical Engineering (or closely related field) and are interested in earning a Graduate Degree at the University of New Hampshire in this or other research areas, you can find more information at: