Clean Energy Research Centre

Providing safe, widespread, and equitable access to sustainable energy is one of the key challenges of our time. The Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC) hosts world-leading researchers who see this challenge as an opportunity to help future generations inherit a better world.

Our interdisciplinary program brings together innovators from many departments, including the Faculty of Applied Science, the Faculty of Science, and the Sauder School of Business.

We also actively seek local and global collaboration with industry, academia and all levels of government.


Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Bi, Xiaotao Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biomass and Bioenergy; Multiphase Chemical Reactors; Fluidization; Particle technology; Electrostatics of Powders; Life Cycle Analysis; Green Engineering; Industrial Symbiosis; Fuel Cells Water Management
Bizzotto, Dan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Electrochemical Systems; Surface Characterization; Surfaces, Interfaces and Thin Layers; Sensors and Devices; Electrochemical and Fuel Cells; Electrochemistry; interfacial analysis; biosensors; spectroelectrochemistry; electrocatalysis; self assembled monolayers; fluorescence microscopy
Dipple, Gregory Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) carbon sequestration, geologic fluid flow, mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions
Ellis, Naoko Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Chemical Processes; CO2 capture and utilization; multiphase systems; thermochemical conversion of biomass; Interdisciplinary teaching and learning
Englezos, Peter Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Carbon capture engineering; Natural gas hydrates and other clathrates: science, engineering and novel applications; CO2 capture & storage; Novel materials from forest bio-resources, High-value papermaking
Gopaluni, Bhushan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Modelling and experiment design, identification for control
Green, Sheldon Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Fluid Mechanics; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; building ventilation; railroads; papermaking
Gyenge, Elod Lajos Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Electrochemical engineering, fuel cells, batteries, electrodes
Kirchen, Patrick Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Thermochemical Energy Conversion, Combustion, Internal Combustion Engines, Ion Transport Membranes, Emissions, Fuel Injection
Lim, Choon Jim Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biomass and fossil fuels, Spouted bed, Gas-particle system hydrodynamics, heat transfer, Hydrogen production
Madden, John Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Functional and Intelligent Materials; artificial muscle; wearables; smart materials; electronic skin; supercapacitors; electrochemical devices; medical devices
Madiseh, Ali Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Mining engineering; Numerical modelling and mechanical characterisation; Heat and mass transfer operations; energy systems; Renewable energy systems; Energy storage; Energy decarbonization; Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
Merida-Donis, Walter Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Clean energy, Electrochemical energy conversion, Thermodynamics, Low carbon fuels, Fuel cells and hydrogen
Meyboom, Annalisa Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Transportation Infrastructure and Public Space; use of structural behaviour algorithms in the generation of architectural form
Michelson, David Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) wireless communications, Propagation and channel modeling, low profile antenna design, wireless communication system performance, EMI/EMC
Mohseni, Madjid Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Drinking Water; Chemical Pollutants; Used Water; Clean Technologies; Drinking water quality and treatment; Advanced oxidation; UV based water purification and treatment; Water re-use; Electrochemical water treatment processes
Olson, James Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Application of Physics and Fluid Mechanics to Problems Associated with the Pulp and Paper Industry, Mechanical Energy Reduction in Mechanical Pulping
Ordonez, Martin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Energy systems, renewable energy, wind power, solar power, battery systems, fuel cells, electric vehicles, smart grid.
Rogak, Steven Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Aerosols (their properties, strategies to minimize their creation and reducing aerosol concentrations where people spend most of their time
Saddler, John Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biotechnology, microbiology
Sayed, Tarek Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) transportation engineering, Transportation, Full Bayes safety models, Automated safety analysis using computer vision techniques, Safety evaluations, Traffic conflicts techniques, Pedestrian modeling, and ITS
Smith, Kevin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Fossil Fuels; Biomass (Energy); Chemical Processes; Applied catalysis
Taghipour, Fariborz Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Clean Technologies; Solar and Wind Energy; Drinking Water; solar fuels; Artificial Photosynthetic Systems; UV Photoreactors; UV-LED Reactors; UV Microplasma; Modeling of Chemical and Biochemical Reactors; Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
Tansey, James Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Ethics of new and emerging technologies, Emerging markets and institutions for carbon trading, Social determinants of health, GM crops and animals
Trajano, Heather Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biomass (Energy); Wood; Pulp and Paper; Biorefining; Biochemicals; Biomass extractives recovery and utilization; catalysis; Hemicellulose; Pretreatment; Kinetics
Tran, Martino Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) systems science, predictive modelling and simulation for understanding and tackling societal challenges in energy and sustainability
Wilkinson, David Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, electrochemical power sources, advanced electrolysis,; hydrogen production and storage; waste water and drinking water treatment; solar fuels; carbon dioxide conversion; clean and sustainable energy and water
Zimmerman, Naomi Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) development and application of real-world-based tools to quickly and quantitatively assess the impact of our policy and technology decisions on air pollution and climate outcomes, and to use the knowledge gained to support better environmental policy planning; air quality