The following are some of the many research laboratories in the faculty:
We are engaged in fundamental questions related to the sustainable production of energy and water. Research activity is focused on gaining insight into the micro- and nano-scale physical-chemical and biological processes that underlie many engineering applications. We employ theory, computation and experiments in order to probe the mechanisms at play and find explanations to complex phenomena. These insights then translate to knowledge that can help improve current engineering practice, making it more energy efficient, or develop new methods, approaches and materials for performing separation and energy conversion.
Current efforts involve membrane separation technologies, employed for water production from impaired sources, e.g. sea/brackish- and waste-water. Themes explored involve membrane formation and transport, fouling and deposition of colloidal material and bacteria. We study how these processes affect overall membrane performance and ways of making water production cheaper and more sustainable.
Another main theme is acoustic energy conversion – using sound waves to replace mechanical devices such as pistons or turbines. The acoustic technology is applied for cooling, separation, water pumping, desalination and electricity production from low-grade heat . We are developing new, exciting technology that can produce energy with no moving parts, opening exciting prospects for cheap and reliable construction.
In particular, we are looking towards leveraging the insight gained, and our technology, towards sustainability and implementation in developing nations.