CBE currently has five highly interrelated research areas in sustainable energy:
• Fuel cells
• Flow batteries
• Photovoltaic materials
Current research projects include inorganic and hybrid polymeric/biological photovoltaic materials; polyelectrolyte membrane hydrogen fuel cells; hydrogen generation via water splitting; advanced battery design; metabolic engineering for biofuel production; and catalytic CO2 reduction to fuels.
Current Faculty Research
Catalytic Reduction of CO2 to Fuels
Dr. Siris Laursen
Harvesting and storing the intermittent energy of the Sun in the form of molecular bonds promises truly sustainable and environmentally friendly fuels and chemicals. One focus of the work at UT is on developing the fundamental physical understanding needed to rationally design photo-catalytically active semiconductor materials. In the above photograph, CO2 is being reduced to CH4 and CH3OH fuels over a light-activated nano-particulate semiconductor-supported metal.
Associate Head, Professor
Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Engagement, and Professor
Granger and Beaman Distinguished University Professor
Gibson Endowed Chair in Engineering
UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Biorefining
Ferguson Faculty Fellow in Chemical Engineering
UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Electrical Energy Conversion and Storage