Core Faculty

The Center for Clean Energy Engineering has resident research faculty working on many aspects of advanced energy systems. The people involved include:

Alex Agrios on March 21, 2019. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Alexander Agrios
Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Areas:
Energy and environmental applications of nanotechnology
Photoelectrochemical solar energy conversion
Combined PV/thermal solar collectors
Photocatalytic pollutant remediation

Learn more about Dr. Agrios’s research here

Office: Castleman, Rm 310
Ph: 860-486-1350
agrios@uconn.edu

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Ali Bazzi
UTC Associate Professor of Engineering Innovation, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research Areas: Design, control, and optimization (efficiency, reliability, and cost) of power electronic systems. Specific areas of interest include:
Electric motor drives and electro-mechanics
Distributed generation with focus on solar photovoltaics
Real-time control and optimization of energy system

Learn more about Dr. Bazzi’s research click here

Office: C2E2, Rm 126
Ph: 860-486-9204
bazzi@uconn.edu

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Necmi Biyikli
Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research Areas:

  • Atomic layer deposition (ALD)
  • Plasma-assisted ALDElectronic materials
  • III-nitride wide bandgap semiconductors and devices
  • Flexible/wearable electronics
  • Nanoscale functional materials for energy, sensing, communication, and computing devices

Learn more about Dr. Biyikli here.

Office: ITE, Rm 459
Ph: 860-486-2666
necmi.biyikli@uconn.edu

Stoyan Bliznakov

Stoyan Bliznakov
Associate Research Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Research Areas:
Electrochemistry
Electrocatalysis
Electrochemical energy storage
Conversion devices development, including fuel cells and batteries assembly and testing

Office: C2E2, Rm 108
Ph: 860-486-4284
stoyan.bliznakov@uconn.edu

Francesco Carbone
Assistant Professor, Department of  Mechanical Engineering
Research Areas:  Multiphase reactive flows for energy applications and encompasses reaction kinetics, transport phenomena, aerosol dynamics, and nanoparticles synthesis.

Learn more about Dr. Carbone here

Office: C2E2, Rm 109
Ph: 860-486-2898
carbone@uconn.edu

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Jasna Jankovic
Assistant Professor, Material Science Engineering
Research Areas:   Fuel cell materials fabrication and characterization, advanced microscopy techniques, ceramic materials processing, polymer coatings, fuel refining, and catalyst deactivation.

Office: C2E2, Rm 126
Ph: 860-486-5407
jasna.jankovic@uconn.edu

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Tianfeng Lu
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Research Areas:
Combustion, Chemical Kinetics, and Computational Fluid Dynamics, Mechanism reduction and computational flame diagnostics.

Learn more about Dr. Lu’s here.

Office: UTBE, Rm 364
Ph: 860-486-3942
tianfeng.lu@uconn.edu

George Matheou
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Research Areas:
Computational fluid dynamics, turbulence, atmospheric convection and clouds, weather and climate, stratified flows, dispersion and mixing, numerical methods, parallel computing.

Learn more about Dr. Matheou research here.

Office: UTBE, Rm 348
Ph: 860-486-8729
georgios.matheou@uconn.edu

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Radenka Maric
Vice President for Research
Professor, School of Engineering Named Professor in Sustainable Energy, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Research Areas: Thin film and nanomaterials technology development, Fuel cell and batteries, Hydrogren generation, Ceramic processing, Gasification and biofuels.

Learn more about Dr. Maric’s research here.

Office: C2E2, Rm 121
Ph: 860-486-1803
radenka.maric@uconn.edu

Sung-Yeul Park
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research Areas: Renewal energy power conditioning systems, micro-grid inverters and digital power converter/inverter control.

Learn more about Dr. Park’s research here

Office: C2E2, Rm 122
Ph: 860-486-1248
sung_yeul.park@uconn.edu

Ugur Pasaogullari
Director, Center for Clean Energy Engineering
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Research Areas: Transport phenomena in fuel cells, multi-physics, multi-scale computational modeling.

Learn more about Dr. Pasaogullar’s research here.

Office: C2E2, Rm 120
Ph: 860-486-9441
ugur.pasaogullari@uconn.edu

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Prabhakar Singh
UTC Endowed Chair Professor in Fuel Cell Technology
Research Areas: Solid oxide fuel cells and electrolyzers, High temperature materials and corrosion, Electrochemistry,  functional ceramics,  Molten alkali and carbonate electrochemical systems.

Learn more about Dr. Singh’s research here.

Office: C2E2, Rm 125
Ph: 860-486-8379
prabhakar.singh@uconn.edu

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Chih-Jen (Jackie) Sung
Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Professor in Sustainable Energy,
Research Areas: experimental and computational investigation of combustion and propulsion phenomena, including laser diagnostics, unsteady and high-pressure combustion, flame extinction and ignition, flame stabilization in high-speed flows, aerodynamic and chemical structures of flames, soot and NOxformation, turbulent combustion, combustion instabilities, chemical kinetic modeling, alternative fuel utilization, and clean combustion technology.

Learn more about Dr. Sung’s research here.

Office: UTBE, Rm 484
Ph: 860-486-3679
chih-jen.sung@uconn.edu

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Ioulia (Julia) Valla
Associate Professor, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Northeast Utilities Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering Education
Research Areas:

  • Modeling and simulation of process systems
  • Coal and Biomass to Poly-generation (Liquids, Chemicals, Power)
  • CO2 reduction technologies
  • Sulfur reduction in transportation fuels
  • Refinery processes

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Learn more about Dr. Valla’s research here.

Office: C2E2, Rm 122
Ph: 860-486-2508
ioulia.valla@uconn.edu

Kristina Wagstrom
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Eversource Energy Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering Education
Research Areas: Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution Modeling.

Learn more about Dr. Wagstrom’s research here.

Office: UTEB, Rm 286
Ph: 860-486-1715
kristina.wagstrom@uconn.edu

Xinyu Zhao

Xinyu Zhao
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research Areas: computational fluid dynamics with a focus on high-fidelity simulations of reactive flows, radiative heat transfer, fire research, high performance computing, uncertainty quantification, and interplay between computation and experiments.

Learn more about Dr. Zhao’s research here.

Office: UTEB, Rm 378
Ph: 860-486-0241
xinyu.zhao@uconn.edu