Sustainable Energy   

Renewable energy is the future. Purdue researchers dive deep into marine energy, wind, solar, and every other energy-generating possibility out there. They also tackle the energy storage technology of today, making batteries and fuel cells function longer and more safely in all of our devices. We believe engineering has the answers to many of the environmental issues of today, and we won't stop until we find them!

Faculty in Sustainable Energy

  • Fluid dynamics
  • Biomaterial
  • Multiphase flows
  • Non-Newtonian fluid dynamics
  • Microfluidics
  • Complex fluids
  • Soft matter
  • Modeling, analysis, and control of thermal systems
  • Modeling, Experiments and Simulations of turbulent boundary layers: role of initial conditions and bio-inspired micro-surfaces on evolution of velocity/thermal fields.
  • Importance of turbulence and complex topography on wind energy.
  • Integration of renewable with water and thermal storage.
  • Translational research focus on renewable energy & society
  • Wall interaction (e.g., bio-inspired micro surfaces) in respiratory flows
  • Big data in turbulence, renewable energy and biomedical engineering.
  • Energy and social equality
  • Thermal sciences as applied to HVAC&R systems and equipment
  • Transport Phenomena in Multi-Scale, Heterogeneous Materials & Systems
  • Fundamentals of Nanoscale Thermal Transport
  • Heat Transfer in Natural and Synthetic Fiber Systems
  • Thermofluids Interactions
  • Multi-Physics Metrology Design
  • Electronics Cooling and Thermal Management
  • Energy storage and conversion (batteries, fuel cells)
  • Mesoscale physics and stochastics
  • Reactive transport, materials, processing, and microstructure interactions
  • Cell and tissue mechanics
  • Human injury
  • Adult stem cell-based tissue regeneration
  • Biophysics and biotransport
  • Scalable nanomanufacturing: lithography and imaging
  • Optical and magnetic data storage
  • Nanoscale energy conversion, transfer and storage for alternative energy
  • Nanoscale heat transfer and energy conversion
  • Multiscale multiphysics simulations of nanomaterials for energy applications
  • Photovoltaic nanomaterials: simulation, synthesis, and devices
  • Thermoelectric nanomaterials: simulation, synthesis and devices
  • Nanoscale thermal radiation and nano-photonics
  • Modeling and simulation of hydraulic systems
  • Modeling and testing of pumps and motors for fluid power applications
  • Hydraulic valves modeling and testing
  • Reduction of noise emissions in fluid power systems
  • Desalination & Water Treatment
  • Water-Food-Energy Nexus
  • Thermofluids
  • Nanotechnology
  • Membrane Science
  • Environment friendly design and life cycle engineering
  • Applications of bio-based materials in manufacturing
  • Fast and low-cost detection of pathogenic microorganisms
  • Biomass thermo-chemical upgrading for liquid and gaseous fuel
  • Deformation, stress, plasticity, fracture
  • Multiscale modeling, first-principles, molecular dynamics simulations, and finite element modeling
  • In-situ experiments
  • Mechanics of redox active materials - Li-ion batteries, Na-ion batteries, all-solid-state batteries
  • Mechanics of polymeric materials - organic electrochromics, superelastic organic semiconductors