Transforming the way we produce and use energy is critical to addressing sustainability challenges. E²SHI supports research on technology-driven science, technology and energy materials development, as well as societal and health impacts of energy. See below for a list of research projects led by E²SHI Associates and seed grant recipients.


Catalysts for efficient fuel cells

The oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is one of the key chemical reactions in a host of energy technologies, including fuel cells and air-breathing rechargeable batteries, but there is no efficient catalyst for this reaction that does not include an expensive precious metal component. To address this challenge, a team explored how to develop new catalysts for chemical reduction of oxygen to water, the central bottleneck in fuel cells and hydrogen-powered energy. See more details

Converting carbon dioxide into new fuel

A team at the Whiting School of Engineering explored how to develop catalysts to efficiently and quickly transform carbon dioxide into useful fuels - and to create a clean, sustainable fuel cycle. Read more

Chao Wang (left) and Dr. Tim Mueller (right) teamed up for the E²SHI seed grant project.
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Detecting hazardous risks with sensor devices

Public health researchers focusing on environmental and occupational causes of diseases have faced a lack of simple, inexpensive and highly efficient technologies that can assess exposure to residential and workplace risks, including agricultural and industrial ammonia (NH₃). A research team is addressing this need by developing a sensor to to detect NH₃ for a variety of occupational and environmental applications. Learn more

Energy innovation for self-powered sensors

Small-scale electronic sensors and sensor networks are increasingly been used for a wide variety of applications, such as ecological monitoring. To improve the battery technology and life of self-powered sensors, a team of Whiting School of Engineering researchers are constructing piezoelectric materials to harvest energy from the sun and wind. Learn more

Sustainable energy for the chemical industry

The chemical industry currently uses about 6% of all energy consumed in the United States. To reduce this footprint, a team of researchers explored how to design, fabricate and characterize new catalytic materials using sunlight instead of the industry standard, titanium dioxide, an expensive material that also may be harmful to human health. Read  more

Wind design and energy supply

WINDINSPIRE, Wind Integration Simulations Partnership for International Research and Education, is an international partnership led by Johns Hopkins University with 20 researchers in five countries and their students that have banded together to find solutions for making wind energy more efficient and reliable. Read more

Energy professionals working group

The Atlantic Energy Group (AEG) brings together energy professionals in academics, government, and industry for policy and modeling analysis. Prior to 2006, AEG was known as the East Coast Energy Group (ECEG). AEG co-organizes meetings with the Trans-Atlantic Infraday Conference, held annually in the fall in Washington, DC. Read more

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