Sustainability: energy (electrical, solar, thermal), water, the environment, geophysics

Cook Lab: The Cook Lab develops new catalysts for the synthesis of industrially relevant chemicals, with the goal of using more sustainable, economical, and plentiful feedstock chemicals.

Guenza Lab: Multiscale modeling of macromolecular materials for alternative energy applications: polymer nanofiller composite materials and polymer substrates interfaces.

Haley Lab: The Haley/DW Johnson collaboration on anion sensing seeks to address environmental problems at the nexus of food, energy and water systems.

Harlow Lab: Harlow Lab (Oregon Center for Electrochemistry): The Harlow group conduct fundamental studies into electrochemistry and electrocatalysis from a surface science perspective. They combine careful single crystal measurements with advanced synchrotron surface x-ray characterization. Potential applications are hydrogen production through water splitting, fuel cells for transportation, electrochemical CO2 reduction, and batteries.

Hendon: Harnessing the new energy efficient high performance computational facility at the University of Oregon, the Hendon Materials Simulation Group seeks to design new catalysts that reduce our dependence on precious metals.

Darren Johnson Lab: The DWJ lab is working on several projects in sustainability. 1) In collaboration with the Haley lab we design new compounds that can selectively sense ionic environmental contaminants such as nitrate and phosphate for applications in nutrient management in agriculture and industrial wastewaters. 2) In collaboration with PNNL we design new porous materials as sorbents for hazardous environmental contaminants.

Dave Johnson Lab: My group is exploring new materials consisting of inter grown layers of two different structures, with the goal of using different constituents to optimize different properties. Applications include batteries, solar energy and thermal insulation.

Livelybrooks: Geophysics: exploration of the Cascadia subduction zone, including the seismogenic ‘locked’ zone offshore and source regions for ‘slow earthquakes,’ using electromagnetic, seismic and tidal signals. Probing in particular the role fluids play within crustal and mantle rocks to initiate and sustain slip, either in the form of massive, megathrust earthquakes or more prolonged episodic tremor and slip events.

Taylor Lab: Electrode designs for non-linear solar panels

Wong Lab: The Wong lab designs in situ measurements of materials which are relevant to photovoltaics, organic electronics, and low energy organic LEDs. By measuring these materials during their formation, they will understand how to control the properties of these materials to make them more efficient.