Energy & Environment Research

Energy & Environment

New York City Hurricane Threat Assessment
Researchers are collaborating to quantify the effect of storm surges and climate-change in NYC.

Recent major hurricanes have struck New York City with devastating effect in previous centuries. Dr. Alan Blumberg and Dr. Philip Orton of the Center for Maritime Systems at Stevens Institute of Technology, in collaboration with Timothy Hall from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), have received a NASA grant to assess the risks to New York City with an innovative and rigorous methodology.

In Bangladesh with UNICEF
Stevens faculty and UNICEF make drinking water safe in Bangladesh.

Dr. Xiaoguang Meng, Professor of Environmental Engineering, recently returned from a month-long mission to Bangladesh where he and his associates field tested experimental filtration methods that will help UNICEF design small community water treatment systems for removal of manganese and iron in well water.

Harnessing wind energy
Making wind a more viable solution for America's energy needs.

Offshore wind energy promises stronger breezes, cheaper real estate, and proximity to population centers. However, difficulties in studying wind speeds over the open ocean leave energy producers unable to fully capitalize on the power of offshore wind. To address this problem, Dr. Thomas Herrington evaluates a new method for measuring offshore wind speeds that promises to make assessing wind farm locations faster and cheaper using inland-based LIDAR research stations.

Green Chemistry
Nanoparticle catalysts for industrial chemical reactions use oxygen with only water as a byproduct.

Dr. Simon Podkolzin and Dr. Henry Du of the Chemical Engineering & Materials Science Department have been awarded an NSF grant to study gold and silver catalytic nanoparticles for green chemistry and sustainability. The ultimate aim is to replace current multistage, energy inefficient commercial oxidation processes in the chemical industry, which generate hazardous or undesirable byproducts, with technologies that use oxygen from air with only water as a byproduct.