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Research

An important part of CASE’s vision is to be recognized for our pioneering research programs. The four departments that make up the College of Applied Science and Engineering generated almost $25M in research funding in 2013 in areas such as alternative energy and advanced materials. Click here to view a list of thesis topics completed by recent graduates. Descriptions of many of the ongoing projects can be found on the various faculty member’s web sites (accessed via the individual department’s web pages). CASE faculty are also active in a variety of multi-investigator research centers:

Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center (ASPPRC)
Director: Dr. John Speer

ASPPRC is an industry/university cooperative research center in the field of solid state ferrous physical and mechanical metallurgy. Focus areas include sheet, plate and bar steels related to transportation, energy production and transmission, agriculture and construction, infrastructure, etc.

Center for Advanced Non-Ferrous Structural Alloys (CANFSA)
Director: Dr. Michael Kaufman

The Center for Advanced Non-Ferrous Structural Alloys conducts state-of-the-art research related to non-ferrous structural alloys. Established by faculty at the Colorado School of Mines and the University of North Texas, this center is focused on combining computational modeling (various length and time scales) and experimental approaches (alloying, processing and microstructure/property characterization) in order to advance industrially-relevant projects in an efficient and effective manner.

Center for Environmental Risk Assessment (CERA)
Director: Dr. James Ranville

CERA promotes and enhances environmental risk assessment research and educational activities at Mines. By bringing diverse interdisciplinary expertise to bear on problems in environmental risk assessment, the center facilitates the development of significantly improved, scientifically-based approaches for estimating human and ecological risks for using the results of such assessments.

Center for Research on Hydrates and Other Solids (CHS)
Director: Dr. Carolyn Koh

The mission of the center is to research, through discovery and innovation, the science and application of clathrate hydrates and other solids in complex fluids. This is accomplished by the generation and dissemination of knowledge through the training and education of scientists and engineers. The other solids of interest besides clathrate hydrates include ice, asphaltenes, waxes, clays, and sediments. The complex fluids include gases, oils, and aqueous fluids. The center fosters integrative and multidisciplinary research on these areas to address fundamental science and practical challenges involving clathrate hydrates and other solids in energy production, transportation and storage.

Center for Revolutionary Solar Photoconversion (CRSP)
Director: Dr. Colin Wolden

CRSP is dedicated to the basic and applied research necessary to create revolutionary new solar energy technologies as well as education and training opportunities. The research underpins renewable energy technologies, commonly called third generation solar photon conversion, for the highly-efficient and cost-competitive production of both electricity and fuels via direct solar processes. The areas of research being pursued include photovoltaics (inorganic and organic), photophysics, photoelectrochemistry, photochemistry, photobiology and nanoscience.

Center for Solar and Electronic Materials (CSEM)
Director: Dr. Reuben Collins

CSEM explores research and education in solar and electronic materials and technology. The center facilitates interdisciplinary collaborations across the Mines campus and fosters interactions with national laboratories, industries, public utilities, and other universities. It also serves to guide and strengthen the electronic materials curriculum.

Center for Welding, Joining and Coatings Research (CWJCR)
Director: Dr. Stephen Liu

Research investigations by CWJCR are diverse, including hybrid laser-arc welding of high strength steels, laser processing of reactive metals, welding consumable development for controlling weld residual stress, hydrogen management in high strength steel weldments, flux-cored arc welding consumables for minimum fume generation, development of underwater wet welding consumables, welding of advanced steels used in the power generation industry, lead-free solder alloy development, electronic and magnetic alloy phase identification, pipeline for ethanol transportation, vision-based control of robotic welding, metal-ceramic and ceramic-ceramic brazing, and modeling of arc, electrode and weld pool.

Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics (CCAC) 
Director: Dr. Ivar Reimanis

CCAC focuses on ceramic synthesis and processing; ceramic-metal composites; ceramic films, fibers and composites; oxidation and corrosion; dielectrics, ferroelectrics, and magnetics; glass/glass crystallization; materials for fuel cells and batteries; porous materials and substrates; electronic and optical ceramics; gas-solid interactions; ceramic-metal joining; combustion synthesis; powder and whisker synthesis.

Colorado Center for BioFuels and BioRefining (C2B2)
Director: Dr. John Dorgan

C2B2, a project of the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory, is a cooperative research and educational center devoted to the conversion of biomass to fuels and other products. C2B2 exists to improve fundamental understanding and develop new technologies in areas relevant to the future commercialization of integrated, sustainable biorefining and biofuels processes.

Colorado Fuel Cell Center (CFCC) 
Director: Dr. Neal Sullivan

CFCC seeks to advance fuel-cell research, development, and commercialization and to promote business opportunities in Colorado. The day-to-day activities of the center are handled by a director. All contracting and business activities are conducted through Colorado School of Mines.

Colorado Institute for Energy, Materials and Computational Science (CIEMACS):
Director: Dr. Colin Wolden

CIEMACS is an interdisciplinary research institute involving research active faculty and students from several academic departments at Colorado School of Mines. These faculty and students have expertise in the chemistry, physics and engineering of energy conversion processes, including solid oxide and PEMS fuel cells, clean fuels, combustion experimentation and modeling, materials synthesis in flames, atomistic materials modeling and the development of optical measurement techniques for combus­tion systems and reactive flows. CIEMACS is also a Mines focal point for high performance computing and is home to the CIEMACS-CHEETAH teraflop computing laboratory.

Colorado Institute for Macromolecular Science and Engineering (CIMSE)
Director: Dr. Dan Knauss

CIMSE focuses on polymeric materials science; design and synthesis of new macromolecular species; polymer rheology and processing; polymers at surfaces and interfaces; directed self-assembly of colloidal particles; theoretical methods and biological fluids.

This is a research partnership among the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Colorado's premier research universities — Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Golden Energy Computing Organization (GECO)
Director: Dr. Mark Lusk

GECO is a partnership between Mines, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the National Science Foundation. In 2008 GECO acquired a high performance computing cluster, nicknamed Ra, with an estimated peak performance is 23 teraflops—fast enough to do more than 3,000 calculations per second for each of the 6.6 billion people on the planet. This places the machine well within the top 100 fastest computers in the world.

Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy (KIEM) 
Director: Dr. Patrick Taylor

A grant from the late W.J. Kroll, the inventor of the Kroll Process for the production of Titanium and Zirconium, enabled the establishment of an Institute for Extractive Metallurgy. The primary focus of the institute is the development of new technologies for the physical-chemical processing of materials. This includes the production and refining of metals, the processing of wastes and hazardous materials, the recycling of materials, and the synthesis of advanced materials.

Microintegrated Optics for Advanced Bioimaging and Control (MOABC)
Director: Dr. David Marr and Dr. Jeff Squier

The MOABC Center focuses on integrating optics into microscale and microfluidic systems. The use of integrated optics is the key to achieving both significant size and cost reduction for biomedical devices, and for meeting the requirements of biotechnology researchers for new assays and manipulation techniques.

Mesoscopic Physics Laboratory
Director: Dr. John Scales

The lab research specializes in the application of quasioptical (millimeter wave) and optical techniques for materials characterization as well as fundamental studies of wave propagation in disordered media. The latter presents a useful analog of quantum chaos. We study both natural materials, such as rocks, and artificial materials, such as photonic crystals and random dielectrics. We are also interested in the magnetic properties of metamaterials which could be exploited to create negative index materials at millimeter wave frequencies. As an example of an application, we are developing new types of nonlinear ultrasonic arrays and millimeter wave vibrometers for near-surface remote sensing (such as landmine detection).

Nuclear Science and Engineering Center (NuSEC) 
Director: Dr. Uwe Greife

A recognized strength and tradition of the Colorado School of Mines is the development of the earth’s resources, energy applications, synthesis of advanced materials, and stewardship of the environment. This tradition includes the nuclear fuel cycle and the Nuclear Science and Engineering Center (NuSEC) serves to apply a demonstrated Mines capability in response to the rejuvenation of the nuclear industry. The NuSEC seeks to: advance research and development in the elements of the nuclear fuel cycle, advance basic nuclear and subatomic science and enhance the education of new and established scientists and engineers in the field.

Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (REMRSEC) 
Director: Dr. Ryan Richards

REMRSEC focuses on transformative materials innovation and educational directions that will significantly impact the emerging renewable energy technologies. The center is organized around two interdisciplinary research groups. The first will concentrate on harnessing unique properties of nanostructured materials to significantly enhance the performance of photovoltaic devices. The second Interdisciplinary research group will explore advanced composite membranes for renewable energy applications. The project involves the evaluation of clathrate structures as potential materials for hydrogen storage. A strategic partnership with scientists and engineers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will allow sharing of students, research associates, equipment and facilities between the two organizations. In addition, more than a dozen companies actively involved in alternative energy will partner with the center. The center will also collaborate with two internationally known academic partners: University of New South Wales and Imperial College, University of London.
 


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