"The best way to meet goals is to diversify energy supply. Nuclear energy must be considered, and renewable energy resources must be developed."

Allison MacFarlane, Associate Professor and Chair

Selected Research

  • The National Science Foundation awarded $780,000 to Estela Blaisten-Barojas and Iosif Vaisman (Computational Materials Science Center) to develop machine learning models and simulation approaches for studying the structural characteristics of zeolites and porous materials.  Zeolites are widely used for water softening, separation and removal of gases and solvents, fuel refining, petrochemical cracking, and medical applications.

  • The Massachusetts Institute of Technology awarded $165,000 to David Hart (School of Public Policy) to carry out case studies of recent policies to stimulate energy innovation in the U.S. at the state and national levels and to collaborate in drafting a comprehensive report on future U.S. energy innovation policies.