Low-carbon Energy Systems

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The low-carbon energy system (LCES) research super group (RSG) is focused on reducing carbon emission in energy systems by developing scalable, low-cost, and high-quality material. The LCES RSG combines interdisciplinary research across multiscale including modeling, synthesis, annealing, thermal measurement, and energy system design, ranging all the way from atomistic, nanoscale, device, to full-scale system.

The LCES RSG collaborates on research focused on VOx and related materials for energy-free dynamic control of passive cooling and switching, and for battery energy systems. 

LCES Sample Work

  • Atomistic-scale Simulations of VOSynthesis: Adri van Duin
  • Rejuvenating Electronic Materials and Devices at Room Temperature: Aman Haque
  • Scalable Solution-based Manufacturing of VOx: Donghai Wang
  • Smart Dynamic Thermal Management Using VOxLinxiao Zhu
  • Enabling Technology for Combustion and Carbon Capture with Alternative FuelsBrian FronkAdri van Duin, and Jacqueline O’Connor
  • A perspective on the electro-thermal co-design of ultra-wide bandgap lateral devicesSukwon Choi
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