The overarching goal of the Center for Energy and Sustainability is to research and develop new technologies that can potentially help the world meet its growing energy demand while considering the sustainability of these technologies and their impact to environmental systems. Faculty speciatly areas at California State University Los Angeles has led to the development of the research components shown below. Click here for a complete list of publications developed at CEaS.
Multiple methodologies and materials are being tested to develop novel photovoltaic materials. These involve the attachment of photosensitizers and platinum complexes to Quantom Dot (QD) surfaces, the study of nanoparticles and magnetic thin-films, and a priori molecular dynamics simulations of structures capable of transmitting a photocurrent. Large-scale studies include the incorporation of photovoltaic technologies in smart grids and in local energy applications. [more...]
We are dedicated to the development and implementation of educational resources and activities that support and broaden student interest and involvement in studies related to energy and sustainability. The policy work focuses on issues dealing with sustainable urban infrastructure. Of particular interest are the analysis and reduction of total energy consumption for neighborhoods. Other projects include the design of low-energy consumption affordable housing units, the design and creation of nei [more...]
The future of portable electronics requires efficient and small power sources to operate them. The focus of this project is to develop microfluidic direct methanol fuel cells (?DMFCs) as well as those utilizing hydrogen and formic acid. The use of these fuels entails one of the most promising mobile technologies by which such power can be provided. Fuel cells can be considered chemical reactors designed to convert chemical reactant streams into electrical energy and chemical products. Dr. Frank [more...]
Mathematical models, algorithms and numerical simulations of different engery-related phenomena and systems are being developed at our Center to promote energy diversity, efficiency, and sustainability. These models are being constructed from fundamental principles or are machine learned from observed data on existing systems. The results from this group are central to developing affordable and efficient methodologies for the design of novel and analysis of extant and novel renewable energy syst [more...]
The atmospheric concentration of CO2 has been increasing dramatically in the past century. Proposals to mitigate the risks include sequestering CO2 in underground, geological repositories. Geological sequestration which involves CO2 injection into geologic formations for large-scale carbon storage is currently being tested at a few sites. While CO2 sequestration is considered relatively safe there are some risks when the stored CO2 may escape by leakage via faults or fractures. Environmental imp [more...]