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Combustion Energy Frontier Research Center

The Combustion Energy Frontier Research Center (CEFRC), sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE), focuses on the science underlying the development of non-petroleum-based fuels, including carbon-neutral biofuels and their optimal use in transportation. Fundamental insights in combustion and fuel chemistry ranging from quantum chemistry to turbulence-chemistry interactions will address the goal enunciated by the 2007 DOE Basic Energy Sciences Workshop, namely to develop a "validated, predictive, multi-scale, combustion modeling capability to optimize the design and operation of evolving fuels in advanced engines for transportation applications." This science intrinsically involves chemistry with transport at conditions far from equilibrium and at high pressures, the control of process at the level of electrons, and a coordinated multi-scale approach for understanding and predicting emergent behaviors such as nanoscale particle properties and turbulent flame phenomena. Professor Dryer participates in the fifteen investigator team involved in the CEFRC. Starting in September 2009, initial CEFRC efforts at the The Fuels and Combustion Research Laboratory have focused on characterizing the combustion/oxidation properties of the third generation biofuels that are the butanols and on refining our chemical kinetic knowledge of the more well known biodiesel type fuels. More information on our CEFRC activities as well as those of the entire center can be found here.