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Interdisciplinary research explores the power -and limitations- of lithium ion batteries

Mohammad Parhizi, a post-doctoral researcher with the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, has long been interested in heat transfer - a good fit for the work done in the college's Applied Thermofluids Laboratory and Fuel Laboratory of Renewable Energy. About a year ago, working with Jason Ostanek, assistant professor of engineering technology, and Gozdem Kilaz, associate professor of engineering technology, Parhizi began his current research, "The chemical and thermophysical characterization of electrolytes within lithium ion batteries".

Jet Fuel from Renewable Sources Gains Efficiency through Multi-Sector Collaboration

A patented process for converting alcohol sourced from renewable or industrial waste gases into jet or diesel fuel is being scaled up at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) through a partnership with Oregon State University and the carbon-recycling experts at LanzaTech. This work is part of the Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy (ChemCatBio) Consortium, which is supported by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office and leverages unique capabilities at each of the partnering national laboratories.

$1.7M Dept. of Energy grant to accelerate creation of sustainable aviation fuels

A new grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will accelerate research by the Purdue Polytechnic Institute toward generating sustainable aviation fuels. The $1.7 million grant was awarded to Gozdem Kilaz, assistant professor of engineering technology and director of Purdue’s Fuel Laboratory of Renewable Energy (FLORE).

Welcome to Fuel Laboratory of Renewable Energy (FLORE)

Kilaz research group focuses on sustainable energy and alternative liquid transportation fuels. We investigate fuel chemical composition utilizing state-of-the-art instruments, such as two-dimensional gas chromatographs. Our capabilities include, but are not limited to, fuel property testing following ASTM approved methods. Additionally, we evaluate the impact of chemical groups on specific fuel properties and/or performance. Our scope also encompasses development of fuel composition-property predictive models. Simultaneously, we collaborate with aircraft rescue and firefighting to investigate the potential fire safety characteristics that may be adversely affected by the alternative fuels chemical composition.


FLORE is a part of ASTM’s Aviation Turbine Fuel - (Jet A) Proficiency Testing Program provides laboratories with a statistical quality assurance tool, enabling them to compare, improve, and maintain, a high level of performance in the use of ASTM methods with other laboratories worldwide.