For years, Binghamton faculty members have been working on solar energy, fuel-cell technology, energy storage methods and improved efficiencies in computer and other electronic systems. So it's not surprising that the University selected a "Smart Energy Initiative" as the research focus of its NYSUNY 2020 plan. This initiative promotes research, teaching and entrepreneurial activity in energy-related disciplines. As part of this effort, the University will construct a Smart Energy Research and Development Facility at its Innovative Technologies Complex to better integrate energy research programs from across campus.
Omowunmi Sadik, professor of bioanalytical, materials and environmental chemistry, also director of the Center for Advanced Sensors and Environmental Systems; Christopher Twigg, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Yu Chen, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, are developing sensors to support sustainable energy harvesting and total energy reduction in wastewater treatment plants.
Peter Borgesen, professor of systems science and industrial engineering, also director for the Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM), applies energy technology and sustainability to the manufacturing process.
Charles R. Westgate, professor of electrical and computer engineering, also director of the Center for Autonomous Solar Power (CASP), mentors student teams working on commercial solar cells and supercapacitors to replace traditional batteries.
Wayne Jones, professor of chemistry, works with photo-induced electron and energy transfer processes in inorganic and polymer systems.
Bruce White, associate professor of physics and associate director of CASP, searches for technologies that can extract energy from the environment to generate electrical power for sensors and other devices.
Louis Piper, assistant professor of physics, is working with inexpensive and abundant metal oxides to harness sunlight.
Ting Zhu, assistant professor of computer science, studies energy collection and distribution in computing, communications and microgrids.
Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering Distinguished Professor M. Stanley Whittingham, inventor of the lithium battery, is identifying new materials and battery designs to increase storage capabilities and cut costs.
Alok Rastogi, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, also associate director of CASP, is working on ultra-capacitors.
Assistant Professor of Physics Michael Lawler and colleagues have made a breakthrough that could lead to advances in superconductors.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science Yu David Liu is developing energy-efficient programming language that could lead to "green" software.
Chuan-Jian Zhong, professor of chemistry, is leading a search for a platinum-based catalyst that could be at the heart of next-generation fuel cells.
Susan Lu, assistant professor of systems science and industrial engineering, has applied her expertise in reliability, statistical process control and information integrated manufacturing to construct potential energy surfaces.
Eva Wu, professor of electrical and computer engineering, contributed to the 2012 book, Control and Optimization Methods for Electric Smart Grids.
Kartik Gopalan, associate professor of computer science, works on virtualization in cloud computing.
Bahgat Sammakia, distinguished professor of mechanical engineering and vice president for research at Binghamton University, has expertise in thermal management of electronics, and systems integration and packaging. He is director of the Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems (ES2).
Kanad Ghose, professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science, researches power-aware computing. He is Binghamton's site director of ES2.
Bruce Murray, professor of mechanical engineering, applies simulation technologies to thermal modeling for energy efficiencies in electronic environments.
Last Updated: 6/25/14