MassCEC Awards $160,000 in Grants to Clean Energy Researchers at Four Massachusetts Institutions
Dunwei Wang, Ph. D., “Benchmarking Performance of Si-based Nanostructures for High-performance Li-ion Batteries”
Boston College’s Department of Chemistry
MassCEC Catalyst Program funding will provide support to perfect a technology based on a novel two dimensional material known as nanonets that the Boston College team discovered. This technology represents a new platform for efficient energy conversion and storage and will likely produce rechargeable lithium ion batteries with record-high capacities and powers.
Yiannis Levendis, Ph.D., “A Versatile Self-Sustaining Device for Power Generation by Sequential Liquifaction, Gasification and "Clean Combustion" of Waste Plastics”
Northeastern University’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
MassCEC Catalyst Program funding will help researchers develop a self-sustaining device for power generation by sequential liquefaction, gasification and “clean combustion” of waste plastics. This technology will help address increasing energy needs and utilize solid waste. Northeastern researchers will use the grant to develop a laboratory-scale demonstration of the technology for interested parties.
Bart Lipkens, Ph.D., “Ultrasound and Acoustophoresis Technology for the Collection and Processing of Oleaginous Microorganisms for the Production of Bio-oils.”
Western New England College’s Mechanical Engineering Department
MassCEC Catalyst Program funding will help researchers develop a laboratory sized prototype that uses ultrasound and acoustophoresis technology to produce biofuels from micro-algae. The system involves the harvesting of micro-algae, the production of biofuel from the algae, and the concentration and separation of the biofuel. Initial results of the technology show a significant reduction in the cost of energy for the proposed system compared to current bio-oil methods.
Yong Kim, Ph.D., “Ultra-Effective Fiber-based Bioconversion Media Materials for Air/Water Bioremediation and Bio-Ethanol Production from SynGas”
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth’s Department of Bioengineering
Dr. Yong K. Kim’s research team has invented and developed a novel fiber-based media material that will convert waste products that can pollute the environment into benign and useful substances. The team’s Biofilter material hosts and supports useful microorganisms / biocatalysts for a range of exciting biochemical conversion reactions from removing ammonia and nitrate products in water to converting Biogas to cleaner burning liquid fuel. MassCEC’s Catalyst Program award will fund a field evaluation of the developed media materials. The team will design and implement a prototype housing and system for the Biofilter material, conduct a real world trial by installing the Biofilter material in a live fish production experimental set-up at Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School’s aquaculture training facility for energy–efficient biofiltration, and conduct feasibility experiments for using the Biofilter media in the bioconversion of CO and H2 (SynGas) to Ethanol at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center in Fall River. These trial experiments will advance the commercial development of these novel bioconversion media materials.