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Welcome to Clean Energy Conversions Laboratory

Research in the Clean Energy Conversions Laboratory takes aim at the nexus of energy and the environment, developing both mitigation and adaptation strategies to minimize negative climate impacts associated with society's dependence on fossil fuels. This work carefully examines the role of carbon management and opportunities therein that could assist in preventing 2° C warming by 2100. Carbon management includes a mix of technologies spanning from the direct removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to its capture from industrial, utility-scale and micro-emitter (motor vehicle) exhaust streams, followed by utilization or reliable storage of carbon dioxide on a timescale and magnitude that will have a positive impact on our current climate change crisis.

News & Announcements

  • July 2020
    Simona has accepted an Assistant Professor position at Clarkson University. Congrats Simona on this major achievement!
  • July 2020
    Jen has accepted new positions with the University of Pennsylvania and the World Resource Institute. The group will soon be moving to Philadelphia. Congrats to Jen on this new career step!
  • June 2020
    Our group has published a 3-part series on cost analysis of CCS applied to Natural Gas combustion, the US Industrial Sector, and Direct Air Capture in Environmental Science & Technology. This work reveals high-impact, low cost cases where CCS can be readily applied to dramatically reduce carbon emissions!
  • June 2020
    Caleb took a summer position as a Policy Fellow with ClearPath, where he will be developing policy recommendations surrounding decarbonization in the concrete and pavement space through CCS and clean materials.
  • May 2020
    A HUGE congrats to Dr. Cyrus Kian, who just completed his PhD with our group!!
  • May 2020
    Caleb visited an old asbestos mine near Belvidere Mountain in northern Vermont. He took samples of tailings to be assessed for a potential use as a CO2 sink through carbon mineralization.


  • May 2020
    Noah has been named the WPI TA of the year! His tremendously hard work both in the lab and in the classroom has really shown!
  • February 2020
    Pete participated in a Wikipedia Hackathon to update climate-related Wikipedia pages with reliable data. Very cool way to impact the field!
  • February 2020
    We hosted a meeting of some of the brightest stars in the Negative Emissions Technologies field in the world at WPI. Everyone collaborated to advance communication about Negative Emissions Technologies to the broader community, especially aspiring young researchers!

  • January 2020
    The National Petroleum Council released a report on Carbon Capture, Use, and Storage. Jen co-led the writing effort with John Northington of Southern Company and Cyrus assisted in writing as a member of the Carbon Subgroup.
  • December 2019
    Caleb's review article "Utilization of Mineral Carbonation Products: Current State and Potential" has been published in Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology. We also made the journal cover with the image featured on our Mineral Carbonation page!
  • December 2019
    Noah and Caleb shared first-authorship on a book chapter on CCS in the Iron and Steel Industry in the book Carbon Capture and Storage
  • December 2019
    Pete's hard work is demonstrated in several recent publications. Two publications deal with ammonia production by investigating nitrogen diffusion in V-based membranes and the hydrogen sink effect during plasma catalysis. Also on the topic of membranes, Pete obersved hydrogen dissolution in Pd-alloy membranes
  • November 2019
    Ben Kolosz has joined the CEC Lab as a postdoc.
  • November 2019
    Pete, Helene, and Jen just published an article with Sally Benson and Peter Kelemen about the status and challenges of storing CO2 in minerals and geological formations.
  • October 2019
    The first ever journal on Negative Emission Technologies was launched under the framework of the open-access Frontiers in Climate journal by Jen and her colleague Phil Renforth of Heriot-Watt University.
  • October 2019
    Pete was invited to give a talk at the Yale School of Forestry. He gave a brief overview of DAC technologies and cost estimates, as well as engeering aspects that might be of interest to explore and improve if we are to achieve scale in a reasonable time frame.
  • September 2019
    Hélène presented her work at the Annual Meeting of the Geothermal Resources Council in Palm Springs, CA.
  • August 2019
    Noah visited Stillwater Mining Company in Nye, Montana and examined their mine tailing ponds as potential feedstock for mineral carbonation.


  • July 2019
    A presentation on Direct Air Capture (DAC) was given by Jen at National Academy of Sciences Meeting
  • May 2019
    The CEC group joined a workshop on Negative Emissions Technologies in Edinburgh, Scotland. We were excited to meet several impactful researchers like Roger Aines and Peter Kelemen, pictured below.




  • May 2019
    Cyrus presented his work at the 28th Annual Meeting of the North American Membrane Society in Pittsburgh, PA.


  • December 2018
    Jen presented DAC at COP24 in Poland
  • December 2018
    NPR published an article about Direct Air Capture and quoted Jen
  • November 2018
    Jen's column about climate change has appeared in the Telegram & Gazette and Forbes
  • October 2018
    A comprehensive report on negative emissions technologies was released by The National Academy of Sciences, co-authored by Jen
  • October 2018
    Jen is featured in an article on Bloomberg!
  • September 2018
    The CEC Group has officially arrived in Worcester, MA at WPI and has welcomed a new Postdoc, Hélène Pilorgé to the team!
  • August 2018
    Jen is recognized as the third recipient of the James H. Manning Professorship in Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Jun 2018
    A recent article by The Atlantic on turning air into gasoline quoted Jen.
  • April 2018
    Jen's TED Talk receives more attention in the CBC News
  • April 2018
    Congratulations to Jen, who gave a Ted Talk in Vancouver on Direct Air Capture Technologies! Check it out here!
  • April 2018
    The Daily Beast featured Jen in an interview on direct air capture

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