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WVU chemist studying fuel efficiency and pollutant formation

Fabien Goulay, an associate professor in the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry, is investigating combustion reaction mechanisms, which take place in power generators like engines and turbines. 

“Combustion is the transformation of fuel to energy, and it’s important to minimize the emission of harmful chemicals in this process,” Goulay said. “Even in a small candle flame, there are thousands of chemical reactions taking place. To improve the efficiency of combustion, we are trying to understand the chemical reactions involved.”

Derek Johnson to speak on “The Importance of Energy Literacy” Sept. 18 at 6 p.m.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – This fall, the Honors College at West Virginia University will feature “The Importance of Energy Literacy” by Derek Johnson as part of its series to showcase faculty expertise on some of the hottest topics today – energy, banking, childcare and the dark side of new media.

Improving energy literacy is crucial in today’s science, technology, energy and math driven society. What research and development will drive the future of the energy sector? This talk will discuss the big “Es” of energy – economics, efficiency and emissions – and answer questions on common misconceptions related to energy use in power generation and transportation. 

WVU researchers earn NSF award to study methane emissions from natural gas fields

Large uncertainties exist in the ability to measure and quantify the amount of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, that is released along the natural gas supply chain. Recent studies have shown significant variations in methane losses, and if these losses are large enough, they may mitigate the benefits of natural gas use.

The research team, led by Derek Johnson, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, will be investigating the combination of new measurement technologies and techniques to understand and accurately gauge these emissions.

WVU hosts information exchange between Sister Cities Morgantown and Xuzhou

Delegations from the two cities met in Morgantown Aug. 21 hosted by the West Virginia University U.S.-China Energy Center of the Energy Institute / National Research Center for Coal and Energy and Morgantown’s Sister Cities Commission. 

About 400 miles south of Beijing, Xuzhou has a population of about 3.4 million whose economy, like Morgantown’s, is driven in part by coal mining and higher education. 

Liu named Statler Endowed Chair of Engineering

Liu leads the Electrochemical Systems Research Center at WVU and has done extensive research in solving various energy problems through electrochemical applications including fuel cells, sensors and batteries. He envisions expanding ESRC’s efforts in the area of natural gas utilization, focusing on its conversion to electricity, chemicals and fuels.

Milsmann earns prestigious NSF CAREER Award

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Carsten Milsmann, assistant professor in the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry at West Virginia University, has earned the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER Award for research that could help develop solar energy applications that are more efficient and cheaper to produce.

“In general, we are interested in so-called photosensitizers because these molecules can absorb light and convert it into chemical energy,” Milsmann said.