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ENERGY-RELATED RESEARCHERS/FACILITIES AT UD


Key Professors Title Dept Keywords Centers, Initiative and Programs Area of Focus Facilities
Prof. Suresh Advani Associate Director, Center for Composite Materials Department of Mechanical Engineering Fuel Cells, wind energy, hydrogen storage Center for Composite Materials (Center of excellence for composites research and education) Use of sustainable resources in composite manufacturing , wind turbine blade fabrication, improving fuel cell performance Chemical characterization & surface analysis, composites manufacturing , mechanical testing, nondestructive evaluation, on-line sensing, and computational modeling and simulation
Prof. Thomas Beebe, Jr.   Department of Materials Science & Engineering Fuel Cells, Surface Science Surface Analysis Facility Surface chemistry, surface biology, and surface physics of systems including those related to fuel cells X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS or ESCA), time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS), Auger electron spectroscopy, and scanning probe techniques
Dr. Robert Birkmire Director Institute of Energy Conversion Solar PV Institute of Energy Conversion (US Dept. of Energy University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaics Research and Education) Thin film photovoltaic technologies Thin film and solar cell device characterization ( including SEM with EDS, AFM, XRD, variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometer, UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometer with integrating sphere, XPS, atomic absorption spectrometer and optical microscope with Nomarski optics) and thin film deposition systems (including sputtering, electron-beam evaporation, thermal evaporation, electrodeposition, and vapor transport deposition)
Prof. John Byrne Director Center for Energy & Environmental Policy Energy policy   Sustainable energy systems, climate change, and implications of changes in world energy systems  
Prof. Matthew Doty   Department of Materials Science & Engineering Quantum dots, PV solar cells   Nanosturctured materials including quantum dots, applications of quantum dots in photovoltaic devices  
Prof. George Hadjipanayis Chair Department of Physics & Astronomy and Consortium for Advanced Magnets Magnets, capacitors, spintonics Consortium for Advanced Magnets Development of novel materials (including nanocomposites) to create high energy and power density permanent magnets Modern state-of-the-art X-ray diffraction facility, scanning tunneling microscopy with AFM and MFM capabilities, and modern fabrication facilities for nanoscale structures.
Prof. Willett Kempton Research Director Center for Carbon-free Power Integration and College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment V2G, wind energy Center for Carbon-free Power Integration Vehicle-to-grid engineering and integration, off-shore wind energy  
Prof. Raul Lobo Director Center for Catalytic Science & Technology (CCST) and Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Catalysis   Hydrogen production from alternative, high density fuels, catalysis & reaction engineering from biofuels and renewables State-of-the-art methods for materials characterization including chemisorption; Atomic adsorption, advanced (Scanning) transmission electron microscopy (TEM/STEM), powder X-ray and neutron diffraction, Rietveld Analysis; laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM), and IR/FTIR; SAXS and SANS of catalyst nanoparticles
Prof. Michael Mackay   Department of Materials Science & Engineering Solar Cells, nanoparticles   Self assembly of nanoparticles onto thin films to make organic-based solar cells Atomic force microscopy, X-ray and neutron scattering and reflectivity, dynamic and static light scattering, solar cell characterization, rheological and mechanical property characterization and surface energy characterization
Dr. Chaoying Ni   Department of Materials Science & Engineering Electron microscopy Keck Electron Microscopy Electron microscopy applications in a wide range of materials research Field-emission gun transmission electron microscope JEM-2010F FasTEM, conventional LaB6 transmission electron microscope JEM-2000FX, Tecnai-G2-12 Twin transmission electron microscope, and two scanning electron microscopes
Terry Papoutsakis   Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Biofuels esp. butanol, genomics   Genetic and metabolic engineering of Clostridium acetobutylicum and other bacteria to develop new and superior organisms for efficient bioprocessing to produce butanol and other biofuels, H2 and chemicals from cellulosic material  
Prof. Ajay Prasad Director UD Center for Fuel Cell Research and Dept. Mechanical Eng. Fuel Cells   Design and characterization of novel fuel cell components Fuel cell laboratory with test stations and fuel cell characterization equipment
Prof. S. Ismat Shah   Department of Materials Science & Engineering & Physics & Astronomy PV solar cells, hydrogen generation   Photovoltaics and nanocomposites, photoelectrochemical hydrogen generation, next generation thin film Single & 3-magnetron gun PVD system, MOCVD and plasma assisted CVD systems, commonwealth scientific ion beam deposition and resistive evaporation systems, laser ablation inert gas condensation system for nanoparticle synthesis, Omicron dual anode XPS and Ion Scattering System, Rigaku D-Max B thin film & high-T x-ray diffractometers, complete Spectral analyzer
Prof. Dion Vlachos Director Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI) and Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Catalysis   Develop the enabling science for improved or radically new heterogeneous catalytic technologies for viable biorefineries from lignocellulosic biomass feedstocks  
Prof Bingqing Wei   Department of Mechanical Engineering Nanomaterials and nanotechnolo-gies   Study of macrostructures of carbon nanotubes and their applications in energy storage and conversion, in particular for supercapacitor and lithium battery  
Prof. Joshua Zide   Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering High-Efficiency Solar   Work on III-V semiconductors and novel nanocomposites for high-efficiency energy conversion Growth of high-quality materials via Molecular Beam Epitaxy and also capabilities for high-temperature electrical characterization of materials and devices