Energy Institute creates Faculty Council

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Energy Institute Director Mark Barteau has created the organization’s first Faculty Council, a group charged with providing input on Energy Institute initiatives and programs and better connecting UMEI staff with the university’s 140-plus energy faculty. The group met for the first time in July.

The members of the University of Michigan Energy Institute Faculty Council are:

Bart Bartlett
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

The growing demand for energy world-wide has brought increasing attention to developing clean, efficient, renewable fuels. One difficulty lies in the necessity of separating, storing, and transferring charge within a single material, even if this material is just one component of a more complex device. Our research program addresses these problems in synthesizing three classes of compounds that will have immediate impact on the Basic Research Needs: 1) metal oxides capable of both performing the water oxidation half-reaction and transporting the electrons needed for hydrogen fuel production; 2) intercalation compounds designed with a high charge capacity, high ion mobility, and improved stability at the electrolyte/cathode interface for Li-ion battery electrodes; and 3) cuprates tailored to study the mechanism of high-Tc superconductivity. Beyond these energy implications, a unifying theme of this research is the synthesis of solid-state materials with well-defined, but easily-tuned structures that allow charge or matter to flow within the solid.

Ron Gilgenbach
Chair, Nuclear Engineering
Chihiro Kikuchi Collegiate Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
Director, Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project

Pulsed-power-driven inertial confinement fusion research, intense electron beam dynamics, high power microwave generation, magneto-Rayleigh Taylor instability, plasma effects in pulsed accelerators.

Peter Green
Vincent T. and Gloria M. Gorguze Professor of Engineering
Professor, Chemical Engineering, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Applied Physics
Director, Center for Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion

Research conducted in the Green groups’s laboratory for complex materials is devoted to developing a fundamental understanding of, and controlling, the structure and properties of “soft” materials for applications that include energy conversion, active and passive coatings, membranes, sensors and organic and electrorheology.

Ryan Kellogg
Associate Professor of Economics

Industrial Organization
Environmental and Energy Economics

Shelie Miller
Associate Professor, School of Natural Resources and Environment

Shelie Miller’s research interests center around the life cycle impacts of emerging energy systems.  Recent work focuses on the noncarbon aspects of biofuels, such as disruptions to the nitrogen cycle and changes in land use.  Interests also include advancing Life Cycle Assessment methods to analyze dynamic and emerging systems, such as hydraulic fracturing in the US and electricity grids in developing countries.  She teaches Environmental Systems Analysis at the graduate level and Ecological Issues at the undergraduate level.

Huei Peng
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Director, US-China Clean Energy Research Center – Clean Vehicle Consortium (CERC-CVC)

-Adaptive and Optimal Controls
-Vehicle active Safety systems, driver models, design/analysis/evaluation of vehicle chassis control systems.
-Advanced powertrain modeling and control, including hybrid vehicles and robotic vehicles.

Barry Rabe
J. Ira and Nikki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Environmental Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Director, Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

-Nonprofit and Civil Society
-Politics, Institutions & Processes: National
-Politics, Institutions & Processes: State & Local
-Science and Technology

Johannes Schwank
James and Judith Street Professor of Chemical Engineering
Principal Investigator, REFRESCH (Researching Fresh Solutions to the Energy/Water/Food Challenge in Resource-Constrained Environments)

Research in the Schwank group is directed toward finding and developing novel solutions to the problem of energy production, storage, and utilization in the transportation, distributed generation, and chemical process sectors.

Ctirad Uher
C. Wilbur Peters Collegiate Professor of Physics

Professor Uher’s research group focuses on the development of novel, highly efficient thermoelectric materials; on the study of transport properties in high-Tc superconductors; and on the investigations of diluted magnetic semiconductors. His research group conducts measurements over a broad range of external parameters that include temperatures from 1200K down to 10 mK, magnetic fields to 90 kilogauss, and pressures reaching 100 kbar.