Dr. Paul Ro
Dr. Alex Yokochi
Our lab is interested in the development of new processes and materials, and their implementation into technologies that enhance the sustainability of our current technological civilization, with a particular emphasis on energy conversion processes or those that generate fundamental needs for people from matter streams that are currently thought of as wastes. For example, the design of large scale energy storage options through advances in electrochemical engineering, or the development of processes to desalinate salt water using solar thermal processes. One of our current processes is the conversion of low value hydrocarbons (the ones commonly flared from various facilities) into easy to store and transport liquid hydrocarbons (e.g., fuels or polymer precursors).