Energy Research Area: Interdisciplinary Ph.D. education and research training program to work on tribal energy projects. Development of microfluidic tools needed to characterize how changes to fuel cell materials impact their ability to transport water without flooding.
Biomass: My bioenergy activities have two distinct flavors. I lead an interdisciplinary program focused on assessing potential environmental, economic, technical, and cultural implications of tribal energy projects. In addition, the Schwartz lab leads basic engineering science efforts, such as microfabrication of devices to characterize organisms used in the conversion of lignocellulosic feedstocks to fuels.
Fuel Cells: Liquid flooding produced during operation remains one of the main limitations of hydrogen fuel cells. The Schwartz fuel cell lab is developing microfluidic tools to characterize how changes to fuel cell materials impact their ability to transport water without flooding.
Record last updated on October 1st 2012 PST.