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The Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI)

The Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation was established as an Energy Frontier Research Center in 2009 by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences. The center's research focus is to develop innovative heterogeneous catalytic technologies to transform lignocellulosic (non-food-based) biomass materials (e.g., trees, switch grass, left over waste in agriculture, etc.) into fuels and chemicals. We focus on several scientific thrusts, including the production of furans from cellulose and hemicellulose, the production of green aromatics, the hydrodeoxygenation of target molecules for the upgrade of bio-oil and sugar derivatives, the pyrolysis of biomass, and the production of electricity. Within these scientific thrusts are cross-cutting efforts on synthesis of hierarchical multiscale materials, in situ characterization, and multiscale modeling. read more about CCEI


Modular Manufacturing Workshop


Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. A modular manufacturing workshop (MMW) is scheduled for January 17 and 18, 2017 at the Holiday Inn in Arlington at Ballston.

The objective of the workshop is to identify the current state of research, the challenges, and the opportunities in this area and develop a roadmap that can be used for future fundamental research. Key areas that will be covered include separations, catalysis, reactors, systems engineering, and other cross cutting topics (e.g., modeling, materials, and education) along with important applications that modular manufacturing can have an impact on.
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Research Program in CCEI is Now Open for Summer 2017 for Current Freshmans

The Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program of the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation is now open. Students interested in the program should send a resume and the attached form completed to the CCEI Director by February 27, 2017. The program is 10-weeks long and provides a stipend and accommodation (if needed). Students can research with one of the faculty members in any of the affiliated institutions of the center. Students interested in researching during the academic year are also encouraged to apply.
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Open position: Deputy Director of UDEI

The University of Delaware Energy Institute (UDEI) is a campus-wide institute with several affiliated centers. The overall mission of the UDEI is to marshal and expand the University’s science, engineering, and public policy expertise in new and emerging energy technologies and, with its industry and government partners, to use this research to address the entire spectrum of challenges posed by our future energy needs. Serving as the umbrella organization for energy research at UD, UDEI provides a focal point and portal for energy-related research activities at UD and to promote and disseminate knowledge of these energy technologies and activities. The Deputy Director serves as a key leader for developing and enhancing the internal organization processes and infrastructure of UDEI and its affiliated centers. Under the limited direction of the UDEI Director, the Deputy Director independently manages projects and personnel, reports to the federal government and represents the institute and its centers at national meetings to enhance capacity and visibility.
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Polyarc User Professor Paul Dauenhauer Wins The Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award!

Dec. 2016--Paul Dauenhauer, the University of Minnesota, will receive the 2017 Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award, presented by the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh.
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Scientific Research Thrusts and Enabling Technologies

Sugars to Furans – Selective transformations of sugars to furans

Biomass Upgrade – Upgrade of intermediates to fuels and chemicals

Green Aromatics – Production of aromatics from furans

Fuel Cells – Molten antimony (Sb) as fuel electrode

Pyrolysis – Pyrolysis leads to bio-oil

Modeling – First-principles multiscale simulations

Materials – Growing portfolio of novel classes of materials