The Energy area focuses on technologies for efficient and clean energy conversion and utilization, aiming to meet the challenge of rising energy demands and prices, while simultaneously addressing the concomitant environmental impact.
Research Includes: Engines, transportation, combustion, and control; solar energy and photovoltaics; transport phenomena and water desalination; carbon dioxide capture and hydrogen research; electrochemical energy storage and conversion; and energy conservation.
MechE researchers, led by Associate Professor Evelyn Wang, have developed a solar thermophotovoltaic device that experimentally demonstrates a three-fold increase in energy conversion efficiency.
A new transparent material developed by Professors Evelyn Wang and Gang Chen lets sunlight pass through easily but blocks solar heat from escaping. The material could be used for home heating or for industrial processes.
MechE faculty are passionate, out-of-the-box thinkers who love to get their hands dirty.