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Derek Elsworth, Professor, Energy and Mineral Engineering presents seminar on Prospects for Gas-Fracturing in Unconventional Reservoirs

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Derek Elsworth tackled the topic of prospects for gas-fracturing in unconventional reservoirs at Wednesday’s Energy Exchange Seminar. Elsworth provided background on unconventional oil and gas reserves around the world, discussed advantages and disadvantages of replacing water with gases, such as nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and methane for fracturing shale plays, and summarized the work of his research group. Some of the advantages he mentioned in using gases as fracking fluids included decreasing water usage, reducing induced seismicity, and bringing up less radioactive materials.

Dr. Chunshan Song presents gift to visiting professor from Dalian Institute after seminar on Single Metal Atom Catalysis.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Dr. Chunshan Song, Director of the EMS Energy Institute, thanks Professor Tao Zhang after his seminar and presents him with a gift of appreciation from the EMS Energy Institute.

Professor Tao Zhang, Director of Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a leader in catalysis research from China is visiting Penn State. This morning, he gave a seminar on Single Metal Atom Catalysis (for clean and renewable energy) at EMS Energy Institute.

Volvo Group Talks About a Cleaner Future For Heavy Duty Vehicles at Energy Exchange Seminar

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Steps being taken by the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will ensure a cleaner future for heavy-duty vehicles on the road. At Wednesday’s Energy Exchange seminar, Sam McLaughlin, an external research manager for Volvo Group Truck Technology, gave an overview of the regulations, the impact and the Volvo Group’s role in making these changes.         

Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy Speaks at Energy Exchange Seminar

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Despite the University closing, around 20 people still ventured out in the icy conditions for the Energy Exchange Seminar Wednesday to listen to Senior Adviser to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy William F. Hederman. Hederman spoke about goals and challenges for energy infrastructure in the U.S. Hederman is an electrical engineer and public policy analyst with experience in both the public and private sectors.

National Academy of Engineering Elects Penn State Professor

Friday, February 6, 2015

Derek Elsworth, professor in the Departments of Energy and Mineral Engineering and of Geosciences and the Center for Geomechanics, Geofluids, and Geohazards has just been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering. Derek was recognized "for contributions to understanding natural processes affecting flow and transport properties of fractured rocks." Derek’s interests are in the areas of computational mechanics, rock mechanics, and in the mechanical and transport characteristics of fractured rocks, with application to geothermal energy, the deep geological sequestration of r

Foundation CMG’s $1.25M gift establishes industrial chair in EMS

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

-Penn State News

The CMG Reservoir Simulation Foundation (Foundation CMG) recently gave funds to establish a new industrial chair in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ (EMS) John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME) at Penn State. The five-year, $1.25 million gift will be used to fund the Foundation CMG Industrial Chair in Fluid Behavior and Rock Interactions.

Materials Science Students Win Phi Kappa Phi Freshman Award at EMS Poster Exhibition

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences recently held its 2014 undergraduate poster exhibition. The exhibition is organized by the Ryan Family Student Center and showcases the variety of research among undergraduate students in the College’s five departments.

As part of this event, Phi Kappa Phi, a national honors society housed at the EMS Energy Institute, sponsored the Phi Kappa Phi Freshman Achievement Award. Sharon Miller, senior research associate at the EMS Energy Institute, is the current president for the Penn State Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

Serguei Lvov Publishes Book on Electrochemical Science and Engineering

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Serguei Lvov, professor of energy and mineral engineering and materials science and engineering, has a forthcoming book titled Introduction to Electrochemical Science and Engineering.

The book focuses on basic operational principles for electrochemical technologies and provides essential information on core concepts in electrochemical science. Some of the key technologies discussed, include fuel cells, eletrolyzers, and flow batteries.

Eser named 2014 American Chemical Society Fellow

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

-Penn State News

Semih Eser, professor in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), has been named a 2014 Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Eser was one of 99 scientists selected as part of the 2014 class of ACS Fellows.

2014 Unconventional Natural Resources Consortium Workshop

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Unconventional Natural Resources Consortium (UNRC) held its third technical meeting on November 17 at the EMS Energy Institute. Representatives from three member companies, Hess, Chevron, and Shell as well as Penn State faculty and students participated in the meeting. This year’s technical meeting included nine research presentations from seven students and one faculty member as well as several software demonstrations. The meeting provided an opportunity for researches to hear feedback about their research directly from company representatives and to discuss potential future projects.