Investigators - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Faculty members pursuing energy-related research, who are affiliated with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (http://mae.mst.edu/) follow. Click on the individual web site for more information. Click on an e-mail address to correspond. You may also find additional information by clicking at the left on the 'Research/Publications' category.

K. Chandrashekhara,
http://mae.mst.edu/facultyandstaff/facultychandrashekhara.html,
chandra@mst.edu

Jie Gao, http://mae.mst.edu/facultyandstaff/facultygao/, gaojie@mst.edu

Edward C. Kinzel, http://web.mst.edu/~kinzele, kinzele@mst.edu

Umit Koylu, http://mae.mst.edu/facultyandstaff/facultykoylu.html,
koyluu@mst.edu

Frank Liou, http://mae.mst.edu/facultyandstaff/facultyliou.html,
liou@mst.edu

Heng Panhttp://mae.mst.edu/facultyandstaff/facultypan/, hp5c7@mst.edu

Jonghyun Park http://web.mst.edu/~parkjonghy, parkjonghy@mst.edu

Joshua Rovey, http://mae.mst.edu/facultyandstaff/facultyrovey_1_08.html,
roveyj@mst.edu

Xiaodong Yang, http://mae.mst.edu/facultyandstaff/facultyyang.html,
yangxia@mst.edu

Dr. K. Chandrashekhara’s research interests lie in the composite materials applications for alternative energy sources. Composites offer several advantages such as lightweight, high strength-to-weight ratio, excellent fatigue life, corrosion resistance and design flexibility. Some of the possible applications in alternate energy are:

  • Energy efficient composite core-filled panels for housing
  • Composite wind turbine blades
  • Composite hydrogen storage tanks

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Dr. Jie Gao's research interests focus on the application of nanoscale optics and photonics to energy conversion and transport with electromagnetic waves for renewable energy generation:

  • Efficient solar energy harvesting and light emitting devices based on engineered nanophotonic structures with quantum dots
  • Silicon photonics, plasmonics and optical metamaterials for energy conversion and transportation
  • Optical sensors for molecular diagnostics and mechanical displacement
  • Quantum optics and information processing

Details about Dr. Gao's current research and contact information can be found at http://web.mst.edu/~gaojie

Keywords: Optics, Nanophotonics, Plasmonics, Metamaterials, Nanofabrication

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Dr. Edward C. Kinzel’s research interests are using infrared and optical antennas to control energy transport. This includes the design of surfaces with optimal radiative properties for thermophotovoltaics as well as integrating diodes with antennas for direct rectification of infrared radiation as well as more fundamental studies of thermal transport at subwavelength length scales.

  • Light trapping and photon management for thermophotovoltaics
  • Antenna coupled tunneling diodes for sensing and energy harvesting
  • Full-wave electromagnetic modeling of nanophotonic devices.
  • Micro/nanofabrication and design for manufacturability of optical/infrared surfaces/structures.
  • Radiometry for thermal management and process control.

Keywords: Optics, Nanophotonics, Plasmonics, Metamaterials, Nanofabrication

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Dr. Umit Koylu's research interests lie in the interdisciplinary fields of energy and environmental technologies, including combustion, alternative fuels, hydrogen safety, air pollutants, solid oxide fuel cells, laser diagnostics, laminar and turbulent flames, computational modeling of internal combustion engines and fuel cells, radiative transfer, particulate matter, and clean coal utilization.

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Dr. Frank Liou's research interests include:

  • Fuel Cell Manufacturing

Fuel cells run on hydrogen, which is considered our ultimate "green" energy source -- its only by-product is water. However, technical challenges, especially on how to reduce the cost of fuel cells, hinder its use on a commercial scale. Manufacturing is a key issue in reducing the cost. To achieve the cost breakthrough, using advanced technologies to develop the optimal fuel cell is the logical way, and is of great national need. Missouri S&T has the world leading direct digital manufacturing DDM facilities and technologies to explore new materials and effectively create new tooling processes to achieve breakthrough cost reduction.

Proposed Work: We will fulfill this need to use the DDM technologies to enable the materials, design, and manufacturing innovations to dramatically reduce the cost of fuel cells.

Keywords: additive manufacturing, automation, fuel cell manufacturing

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Dr. Heng Pan's research interests lie in multiscale manufacturing of energy devices, including:

  • Cost effective Li-ion battery manufacturing
  • Additive manufacturing for battery manufacturing
  • Rapid thermal processing of materials for energy devices
  • Micro/nano-manufacturing of energy storage devices

Details about Dr. Pan's current research and contact information can be found at http://web.mst.edu/~hp5c7/index.html

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Dr. Jonghyun Park's research interests lie in the nano-/micro-mechanics of materials for application into energy storage systems, including:

  • Degradation in Energy Storage Systems
  • Life Prediction for Energy Storage Systems
  • Nanostructured Electrodes
  • Multiscale/Multiphysics Modeling for Batteries
  • Self-Assembled Battery Materials

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Joshua L. Rovey's research interestslie in the application of plasma to energy and environmental technologies, including:

  • Energy efficiency technologies - electrically enhanced chemical kinetics for efficient combustion of hydrogen and alternative fuels
  • Alternative energy sources – plasma gasification and wind energy with plasma-enhanced flow characteristics
  • Pollutant reduction technologies –soot and pollutant particle plasma remediation

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Dr. Xiaodong Yang's research interests lie in the application of nanoscale optics and photonics to energy conversion and transport with electromagnetic waves for renewable energy generation:

  • Light trapping and photon management for solar energy harvesting and thermal radiative energy conversion with engineered photonic and plasmonic nanostructures
  • Optical materials and devices in nanophotonics and plasmonics, optical metamaterials
  • Nanoscale optomechanics, optical nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) based sensors and actuators
  • Optical device micro-/nano-fabrication

Details about Dr. Yang's current research and contact information can be found at http://web.mst.edu/~yangxia

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