Center for Energy Systems Research
REU Student's on a field trip to ORNL
"This REU-IREST site hosted their final group of students in 2021. Thanks to all who participated and good luck in your future endeavors!"
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) - Immersive Research in Energy generation, Storage/conversion and power Transmission (IREST)
This NSF REU Site was funded by the Division of Engineering Education and Centers, and focused on providing cutting-edge research in the areas of energy generation (solar, biomass, piezoelectric, generation from salinity gradients, etc.), energy storage/conversion (lithium-ion and lithium-air batteries and formic acid fuel cells) and power grid integration (solar and electric vehicle to grid integration).
- Opportunities to conduct high quality immersive research in the areas of energy generation, storage and power transmission.
- Train top national research talent in key emerging areas of energy, critical for maintaining national preeminence.
- Nurture student professional growth and train them on intelligent research approaches including: maintaining a daily diary, interpreting data and information, effective research outcomes dissemination and ethical decision making.
- Encourage students in energy related careers and to pursue graduate studies through targeted field trips to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, guest seminars by industrial partners and cutting edge research immersion.
- Energy related cutting-edge immersive research and training
- Intelligent research and professional development seminars and workshops
- Hands-on training with real equipment
- Field trips to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and industrial partner sites
- Preparation of research papers and posters
- Saturday afternoon outreach session
- Solar photovoltaics optical and electrical modeling
- Biomass pyrolysis, renewable and alternative energy resources
- Selectively gas permeable anode flow field for direct formic acid fuel cells
- High-energy-density lithium ion batteries
- Energy harvesting with embedded piezoelectric transducers in additive manufacturing
- Minimal-energy computational models
- Modelling the energy absorption behavior of mechanical metamaterials with viscous component in their base materials
- Modelling the energy absorption behavior of mechanical metamaterials with viscous component in their base materials.
- High-efficiency Wireless Power Transfer.
Dr. Indranil Bhattacharya
Dr. Joseph Biernacki