The Kenis group is looking for 3-4 dedicated undergraduate students to help conduct research on the electrochemical reduction of CO2 to value added chemicals and fuels. As you probably are aware, the CO2 concentrations in the air continue to rise and are at much higher levels now than pre-industrial revolution era. The rise in CO2 levels have been linked to increasing global temperatures and the associated effects of climate change, more erratic weather patterns, etc. The Kenis group is pursuing a promising approach to help reduce CO2 emissions: the electrochemical conversion of CO2 to building blocks that can be used for the synthesis of polymers, fuels and other chemicals.
As an undergraduate researcher you will have the opportunity to work in:
- Computational fluid dynamics (COMSOL, Fluent)
- Reactor design
- Technoeconomic analysis and process simulation (Aspen)
Typical research hours would be at least 10 hours per week. If you are interested, please send (1) your resume and (2) a BRIEF (<0.5 page) explanation of why you are interested in joining our research team to Uzoma Nwabara (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sumit Verma (email@example.com). Please refer to the Kenis group website, www.scs.illinois.edu/kenis, for more information about this research (see for example our publication list).