Energy & Environment: Mitigating the Greenhouse Effect, Advanced Energy Concepts, Automation and Robotics, Neural nets for computation, Computer Modeling, Hydrodynamics, Chemistry, Thermodynamics Gifthorse Program, Chemistry of fractionally charged atoms, experimental quark searches, Inertial Confinement Fusion, Phenomenology of weak interaction & supersymmetric theories.
The specific on-going research efforts of Lackner's group include:
Advanced Fuel Concepts
- Acid Gas Management and Sulfur Sequestration
- Solid Oxide Electrolysis of Carbon Dioxide in the Synthesis of Sustainable Fuels
- A New Technology to Capture Carbon From the Air
Carbon Capture and Storage
- CO2 Membrane Separation for High Temperatures
- Gravitational Trapping of CO2 in Deep Marine Sediments
- Building a Roadmap for Advanced Zero Atmospheric Emission Coal Power Plants
- Zero Emission Kiln
Scales and Systems
Our work on scales and systems is a cross-cutting theme that allows for the investigation of small-scale alternatives to existing energy infrastructure arrangements. Conventional energy economics has dictated energy infrastructures that are custom-made, large-scale, and ultra-reliable units with long lifetimes. LCSE researchers are analyzing a new approach to energy production and conversion that favors smaller units that are mass-produced, modular, and controlled in aggregate by cheap automation and control systems.