EEE Affiliated Research Grants

Critical Materials Institute (CMI)

This Energy Innovation Hub will be led by the DOE’s Ames Laboratory and bring together the expertise of four DOE national laboratories, seven universities and seven industry partners to eliminate materials criticality (e.g., neodymium, europium, terbium, dysprosium, and yttrium) as an impediment to the commercialization of clean energy technologies for today and tomorrow. As a partner, Purdue contributes its expertise in manufacturing, design and life cycle engineering. The Purdue CMI team includes Ananth Iyer, the Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management at Krannert; John Sutherland, the Fehsenfeld Family Head of Environmental and Ecological Engineering; and Fu Zhao, an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering.

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NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program ( IGERT) 

The IGERT vision is to create a new integrative, collaborative model for graduate research and education needed to enable meaningful and measurable improvements in the global sustainability of electronics.  This initiative includes three main trusts: (i) Polymers from nature for construction and disassembly; (ii) sustainable product design and manufacturing, and (iii) system and supply chain issues. The Purdue IGERT team includes Carol Handwerker, Inez Hua, Fu Zhao, John A. Howarter, and John W. Sutherland.

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NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) 

The PIRE program at Purdue involves extensive collaboration between faculty from various USA and international universities or institutes. The major goal of the Purdue-lead PIRE research is to critically advance knowledge about the interaction of particle and plasma beams with various materials under extreme irradiation conditions. This project will provide robust computer resources and experimental validation to minimize irradiation-based design constraints of materials performance while situating this research within a larger context of sustainability, resource management and global energy policy.