Mixing & transport in energy & ecology at the University of Rochester
116 Hopeman Engineering Building • 585-275-8482

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ME 121 | ME 437 | Turbulence Workshop
U of R shield Center for Energy & Envrionment
Douglas H. Kelley Rakan Ashour Varchas Gopalaswamy Thomas Nevins Brian Knisely Catherine Knox Ibrahim Mohammad
IN THE NEWS: Doug won an NSF CAREER Award to build multiphase models of fluid mixing in liquid metal batteries. Woohoo! The award is featured by the ME Department, mentioned in U of R's Research Connections, and further explained in a another Research Connections article.
OPENING: Support is available for PhD research in liquid metal batteries.

Despite the ubiquity of fluid mixing—think cream in coffee, plankton in Earth's oceans, storm systems in our atmosphere—mixing is devilishly difficult to predict, control, or understand. We study the space- and time-dynamics of flows and the materials being mixed in them. In one project, we study the role of mixing in performance of liquid metal batteries. Liquid metal batteries may soon provide large-scale energy storage on electrical grids. Another project considers oceanic mixing of marine phytoplankton blooms. Phytoplankton naturally provide more carbon sequestration than any other reservoir on the planet, so climate models depend on accurate growth predictions. Read more or contact us.