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Russell Johns and his Team Land Major Grant with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Story by Tony Hunt

Dr. Russell Johns and his research team have secured a $1.4 million grant with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company to revolutionize modeling of alkali-surfactant-polymer (ASP) flooding. This research will be conducted at Penn State and will include the purchase of a $610,000 high pressure PVT cell for phase behavior experiments with surfactants.

Advanced Energy Systems - Geo Richards

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Story by Samantha Cressman

At the last Energy Exchange Seminar, Geo Richards, Senior Fellow for Energy Conversion Engineering at the National Energy Technology Laboratory, gave a presentation on “Advanced Energy Systems.” Richards opened his seminar joking about how the presentation’s name alluded to a boring seminar. “I don’t want to disappoint any of you who did come expecting a boring talk,” Richards quipped. “I tried to make it boring, but every time I worked on it, it got more interesting.”

Ayala named Fustos Family Professor in Energy and Mineral Engineering

Monday, March 28, 2016
Story shared from Penn State News

Luis Ayala, professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering, has been named the inaugural William A. Fustos Family Professor in Energy and Mineral Engineering. The endowed professorship was established with a $1 million gift from William and Lindsey Fustos, both Penn State graduates.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Daniel Haworth spoke at this week’s Energy Exchange Seminar Series

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Story by Samantha Cressman

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Daniel Haworth spoke at this week’s Energy Exchange Seminar Series about combustion engines and the future of engines in his presentation called “Advanced Piston Engines for Transportation Applications.”

Sweet Spot Identification in Shale Reservoirs: Integrating Rock Physics, Seismic Inversion and Geostatistics

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Samantha Cressman

Despite the pouring rain, a large number of people attended last week’s Energy Exchange Seminar featuring Penn State Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Sanjay Srinivasan. His presentation, titled “Sweet Spot Identification in Shale Reservoirs: Integrating Rock Physics, Seismic Inversion and Geostatistics,” was an in-depth overview of Srinivasan’s research, done at the University of Texas, on the importance of using several approaches to correctly characterize a shale reservoir and identify the “sweet spots.”

Researcher pursues sustainable energy through carbon dioxide conversion

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Seeing carbon dioxide as a raw material rather than a waste product could lead to a more sustainable future.

Story shared from Liam Jackson and Penn State News

Penn State researcher Chunshan Song has a plan to address one of the most important issues facing the world today — reducing greenhouse gas emissions to curb the negative impacts of climate change.

Quantitative X-ray imaging facility is moving big bytes across the network

Friday, January 29, 2016

Story shared from Julie Eble and Penn State News

The teeth and jaw fossil fragments from a potential new human ancestor species that roamed regions of Ethiopia more than 3 million years ago are just a few of the more noteworthy objects Tim Ryan has scanned at Penn State's Center for Quantitative X-ray Imaging (CQI). The fossils might add a new branch to humanity’s family tree and provide further evidence that multiple human ancestors once roamed Africa alongside one another.

Extracting rare-earth elements from coal could soon be economical in U.S.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Story shared from Liam Jackson and Penn State News

The U.S. could soon decrease its dependence on importing valuable rare-earth elements that are widely used in many industries, according to a team of Penn State and U.S. Department of Energy researchers who found a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to extract these metals from coal byproducts.

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