JCER welcomes new Penn State University faculty associates. We look forward to their expertise strengthening JCER research.

James Freihaut, Professor of Architectural Engineering

James Freihaut, Professor, Architectural Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University

Director: Indoor Aerosol Laboratory, Penn State University

Director: DOE Mid-Atlantic Combined Heat & Power Technical Application Center

Seasky Scholar of Dalian University, China, 2013 – present

Member of International Advisory Panel – Singapore National Research Foundation

Primary Member of Technical Review Panel – NREL Energy System Integration Program

 

Prior to joining Penn State, Dr. Freihaut worked for 22 years at the United Technologies Research Center (UTRC).  His research and management activities at UTRC included research in low emission coal, natural gas, jet fuel combustion; photo-catalytic oxidation indoor air quality control systems; high effectiveness factors energy recovery ventilation designs; manufacturing site remediation technology; physics-based modeling of combustion for low emissions combustion systems; indoor air quality control technology for building and aircraft systems; and, high performance building system design.

 

Dr. Freihaut’s current research interests include energy efficient commercial building designs, hybrid combined heat and power system design and implementation; dispersion properties of viable and non-viable indoor particulates with specific activities in the UVGI deactivation of viable aerosols in ducted systems; surface-to-air aersolization of allergen containing particles; inhalation exposure pathways leading to allergic sensitization and asthma disease development; and, low allergen, low energy residential building designs.

Michael Hickner, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Michael Hickner, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

 

Mike Hickner received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech) and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).  In graduate school he worked under the direction of James E. McGrath and also spent time at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  Before joining Penn State as an Assistant Professor in 2007, he was a postdoc and subsequently became a staff member at Sandia National Laboratories.  Professor Hickner’s research and teaching interests include all aspects of polymeric materials, polymer micro- and nano-structure, transport characterization, spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and new materials for energy applications.

 Donghai Wang, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Donghai Wang, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

 

Dr. Donghai Wang is currently Associate Professor at Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Chemical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. Before joining Penn State in 2009, he was a postdoc and subsequently became a staff scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories where he developed functional materials for catalysis and energy storage techniques.  He received a B.S. and Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University and Tulane University in 1997 and 2006, respectively. Dr. Donghai Wang’s research interests have been related to design and synthesis of materials for a variety of applications. His recent research is focused on material development for energy conversion and storage technologies such as batteries, fuel cells and solar fuels. Professor Wang has authored and co-authored over 80 peer reviewed publications and 4 book chapters.

Xueyi Zhang, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Xueyi Zhang, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. Zhang’s research interests are molecular sieve synthesis, membrane for separation, and catalysis. Before joining the Pennsylvania State University, Zhang obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2013 (with Michael Tsapatsis), where he worked on the synthesis and characterization of zeolites for gas separation and catalysis. Zhang’s Ph.D. work on two-dimensional zeolites was highlighted by the U.S. Department of Energy for its potential in reducing fuel price. Following his Ph.D., Zhang worked in Enrique Iglesia’s group at the University of California, Berkeley as a postdoctoral researcher.