Selected Research Publications

Carbon Dioxide
Capture & Conversion
Carbon Dioxide Utilization: Biological Geological Sequestration Oxy-Combustion and Cofiring Chemical Looping Combustion Coal Byproducts


Carbon Dioxide Capture & Conversion


Wang, W.-N., Jiang, Y., Fortner, J. D. and Biswas, P. (2014). Nanostructured Graphene-Titanium Dioxide Composites Synthesized by a Single-Step Aerosol Process for Photoreduction of Carbon Dioxide. Environ. Engr. Sci. 31(7):428-434. DOI: 10.1089/ees.2013.0473

Cheng, Z. and Lo, C. S. (2013). Effect of Support Structure and Composition on the Catalytic Activity of Pt Nanoclusters for Methane Dehydrogenation. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 52(44):15447-15454. DOI: 10.1021/ie400776n

Cheng, Z., Sherman, B.J., Lo, C.S. (2013). Carbon dioxide activation and dissociation on ceria (110): A density functional theory study. J. Chem. Phys. 138(1): 014702-12. DOI: 10.1063/1.4773248

Moore, J. K., Guiver, M. D., Du, N., Hayes, S. E. and Conradi, M. S. (2013). Molecular Motions of Adsorbed CO2 on a Tetrazole-Functionalized PIM Polymer Studied with 13C NMR. J. Phys. Chem. C 117(44):22995-22999. DOI: 10.1021/jp4084234

Cheng, Z., Fine, N. and Lo, C. (2012). Platinum nanoclusters exhibit enhanced catalytic activity for methane dehydrogenation. Topics in Catalysis 55:345-352. DOI: 10.1007/s11244-012-9803-5

Wang, W.-N., Jiang, Y., Biswas, P. (2012). Evaporation-induced crumpling of graphene oxide nanosheets in aerosolized droplets: confinement force relationship. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 3:3228-3233. DOI: 10.1021/jz3015869

Wang, W.-N., An, W.-J., Ramalingam, B., Mukherjee, S., Niedzwiedzki, D. M., Gangopadhyay, S. and Biswas, P. (2012). Size and structure matter: enhanced CO2 photoreduction efficiency by size-resolved ultrafine Pt nanoparticles on TiO2 single crystals. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134:11276-11281. DOI: 10.1021/ja304075b

Biswas, P., Wang, W.-N. and An, W.-J. (2011). The energy-environment nexus: aerosol science and technology enabling solutions. Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering in China 5:299-312. DOI: 10.1007/s11783-011-0351-1

Havran, V., Dudukovic, M. P. and Lo, C. S. (2011). Conversion of methane and carbon dioxide to higher value products. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 50:7089-7100. DOI: 10.1021/ie2000192

Wang, W.-N., Park, J. and Biswas, P. (2011). Rapid synthesis of nanostructured Cu-TiO2-SiO2 composites for CO2 photoreduction by evaporation driven self-assembly. Catal. Sci. Technol. 1:593-600. DOI: 10.1039/c0cy00091d

Li, Y., Wang, W.-N., Zhan, Z., Woo, M.-H., Wu, C.-Y. and Biswas, P. (2010). Photocatalytic reduction of CO2 with H2O on mesoporous silica supported Cu/TiO2 catalysts. Appl. Catal., B 100:386-392. DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2010.08.015

Zheng, X., Veith, G. M., Redekop, E., Lo, C. S., Yablonsky, G. S. and Gleaves, J. T. (2010). Oxygen and CO adsorption on Au/SiO2 catalysts prepared by magnetron sputtering: the role of oxygen storage. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 49:10428-10437. DOI: 10.1021/ie100547f


Carbon Dioxide Utilization: Biological


Memon, D., Singh, A.K., Pakrasi, H.B., Wangikar, P.P. (2013). A global analysis of adaptive evolution of operons in cyanobacteria. Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek 103(2): 331-346. DOI: 10.1007/s10482-012-9813-0

Stockel, J., Elvitigala, T.R., Liberton, M., Pakrasi, H.B. (2013). Carbon availability affects diurnally controlled processes and cell morphology of Cyanothece 51142. PLoS ONE 8(2):e56887. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0056887

Varman, A.M., Xiao, Y., Pakrasi, H.B., Tang, Y.J. (2013). Metabolic engineering of Synechocystis sp. strain PCC 6803 for isobutanol production. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 79(3): 908-914. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.02827-12

Berla, B. M. and Pakrasi, H. B. (2012). Upregulation of plasmid genes during stationary phase in Synechocystis sp. strain PCC 6803, a cyabobacterium. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 78:5448-5451. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.01174-12

He, L., Subramanian, V. R. and Tang, Y. J. (2012). Experimental analysis and model-based optimization of microalgae growth in photo-bioreactors using flue gas. Biomass and Bioenergy 41:131-138. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2012.02.025

Bandyopadhyay, A., Stockel, J., Min, H., Sherman, L. A. and Pakrasi, H. B. (2010). High rates of photobiological H2 production by a cyanobacterium under aerobic conditions. Nat Commun 1:139. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms1139

Torkamani, S., Wani, S. N., Tang, Y. J. and Sureshkumar, R. (2010). Plasmon-enhanced microalgal growth in miniphotobioreactors. Appl. Phys. Lett. 97:043703/043701-043703/043703. DOI: 10.1063/1.3467263


Geological Sequestration


Agarwal, R. K. and Zhang, Z. (2014). Optimization of CO2 Sequestration in Saline Aquifers, in CO2 Sequestration and Valorization, C. d. R. V. Morgado and V. P. P. Esteves, eds., 365-402. DOI: 10.5772/57066

Li, Q., Fernandez-Martinez, A., Lee, B., Waychunas, G. A. and Jun, Y.-S. (2014). Interfacial Energies for Heterogeneous Nucleation of Calcium Carbonate on Mica and Quartz. Environ. Sci. Tech. 48(10):5745-5753. DOI: 10.1021/es405141j

Xiong, W. and Giammar, D. (2014). Forsterite Carbonation in Zones with Transport Limited by Diffusion. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. in press DOI: 10.1021/ez500182s

Yang, Y., Min, Y., Lococo, J. and Jun, Y.-S. (2014). Effects of Al/Si ordering on feldspar dissolution: Part I. Crystallographic control on the stoichiometry of dissolution reaction. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 126(0):574-594. DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2013.10.047

Yang, Y., Min, Y. and Jun, Y.-S. (2014). Effects of Al/Si ordering on feldspar dissolution: Part II. The pH dependence of plagioclases’ dissolution rates. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 126(0):595-613. DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2013.10.049

Zhang, Z. and Agarwal, R. K. (2014). Modeling, simulation, and optimization of geological carbon storage. Scholars' Press.

Zhang, Z. and Agarwal, R. K. (2014). Numerical Simulation of CO2 Sequestration in Large Saline Aquifers, in CO2 Sequestration and Valorization, C. d. R. V. Morgado and V. P. P. Esteves, eds., InTech, 305-342. . DOI: 10.5772/57065

Zhang, Z. and Agarwal, R. (2014). Numerical simulation of CO2 geological storage in saline aquifers - case study of utsira formation. International J. of Energy and Environment 5(1):23-34. IJEE

Zhang, Z. and Agarwal, R. (2014). Numerical simulation and optimization of Sleipner carbon sequestration project. International J. of Engineering and Technology 3(1):1-13. DOI: 10.14419/ijet.v3i1.1439

Jun, Y.-S., Giammar, D.E., Werth, C.J., Dzombak, D.A. (2013). Environmental and geochemical aspects of geologic carbon sequestration: a special issue. Environ. Sci. Technol. 47:1-2. DOI: 10.1021/es304681x

Jun, Y.-S., Giammar, D.E., Werth, C.J. (2013). Impacts of geochemical reactions on geologic carbon sequestration. Environ. Sci. Technol. 47:3-8. DOI: 10.1021/es3027133

Surface, J. A., Skemer, P., Hayes, S. E. and Conradi, M. S. (2013). In situ measurement of magnesium carbonate formation from CO2 using static high-pressure and -temperature 13C NMR. Environ. Sci. Tech. 47:119-125. DOI: 10.1021/es301287n

Yang, Y., Min, Y. and Jun, Y.-S. (2013). A mechanistic understanding of plagioclase dissolution based on Al occupancy and T-O bond length: from geologic carbon sequestration to ambient conditions. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 15(42):18491-18501. DOI: 10.1039/C3CP52722K

Yang, Y., Min, Y., Jun, Y.-S. (2013). Structure-dependent interactions between alkali feldspars and organic compounds: implications for reactions in geologic carbon sequestration. Environ. Sci. Technol. 47:150-158. DOI: 10.1021/es302324m

Zhang, Z. and Agarwal, R. (2013). Numerical simulation and optimization of CO2 sequestration in saline aquifers for enhanced storage capacity and secured sequestration. International J. of Energy and Environment 4(3):387-398. IJEE

Zhang, Z. and Agarwal, R. (2013). Numerical simulation and optimization of CO2 sequestration in saline aquifers. Computers & Fluids 80:79-87. DOI: 10.1016/j.compfluid.2012.04.027

Garcia, D. J., Shao, H., Hu, Y., Ray, J. R. and Jun, Y.-S. (2012). Supercritical CO2-brine induced dissolution, swelling, and secondary mineral formation on phlogopite surfaces at 75-95 [degree]C and 75 atm. Energy & Environmental Science 5:5758-5767. DOI: 10.1039/C2EE02026B

Wang, F. and Giammar, D. E. (2012). Forsterite dissolution in saline water at elevated temperature and high CO2 pressure. Environ. Sci. Tech. DOI: 10.1021/es301231n

Zhang, Z. and Agarwal, R. (2012). Numerical simulation and optimization of CO2 sequestration in saline aquifers for vertical and horizontal well injection. Computational Geosciences 16:1-9. DOI: 10.1007/s10596-012-9293-3

Agarwal, R. K., Chusak, L. and Zhang, Z. (2011). Economics of CO2 Sequestration versus a Suite of Alternative Energy Sources for Electricity Generation in US. International J. of Energy, Economics and Policy 1:78-94.

Case, D. H., Wang, F. and Giammar, D. E. (2011). Precipitation of magnesium carbonates as a function of temperature, solution composition, and presence of a silicate mineral substrate. Environmental Engineering Science 28(12):881-889. DOI: 10.1089/ees.2010.0341

Hu, Y., Ray, J. R. and Jun, Y.-S. (2011). Biotite-brine interactions under acidic hydrothermal conditions: fibrous illite, goethite, and kaolinite formation and biotite surface cracking. Environ. Sci. Technol. 45:6175-6180. DOI: 10.1021/es200489y

Shao, H., Ray, J. R. and Jun, Y.-S. (2011). Effects of salinity and the extent of water on supercritical CO2-induced phlogopite dissolution and secondary mineral formation. Environ. Sci. Technol. 45:1737-1743. DOI: 10.1021/es1034975

Shao, H., Ray, J. R. and Jun, Y.-S. (2011). Effects of organic ligands on supercritical CO2-induced phlogopite dissolution and secondary mineral formation. Chemical Geology 290:121-132. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2011.09.006

Yang, Y., Ronzio, C. and Jun, Y.-S. (2011). The effects of initial acetate concentration on CO2-brine-anorthite interactions under geologic CO2 sequestration conditions. Energy Environ. Sci. 4:4596-4606. DOI: 10.1039/C1EE01890F

Jun, Y.-S., Lee, B. and Waychunas, G. A. (2010). In situ observations of nanoparticle early development kinetics at mineral water interfaces. Environmental Science & Technology 44:8182-8189. DOI: 10.1021/es101491e

Shao, H., Ray, J. R. and Jun, Y.-S. (2010). Dissolution and precipitation of clay minerals under geologic CO2 sequestration conditions: CO2-brine-phlogopite interactions. Environ. Sci. Technol. 44:5999-6005. DOI: 10.1021/es1010169

Wu, B., Shao, H., Wang, Z., Hu, Y., Tang, Y. J. and Jun, Y.-S. (2010). Viability and metal reduction of Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 under CO2 stress: implications for ecological effects of CO2 leakage from geologic CO2 sequestration. Environ. Sci. Technol. 44:9213-9218. DOI: 10.1021/es102299j


Chemical Looping Combustion


Zhang, Z., Zhou, L. and Agarwal, R. (2014). Transient Simulations of Spouted Fluidized Bed for Coal-Direct Chemical Looping Combustion. Energy & Fuels 28(2):1548-1560. DOI: 10.1021/ef402521x

Zhou, L., Zhang, Z. and Agarwal, R. (2014). Simulation and validation of chemical-looping combustion using ASPEN plus. International J. of Energy and Environment 5(1):53-58. IJEE

Zhou, L., Zhang, Z., Chivetta, C. and Agarwal, R. (2013). Process Simulation and Validation of Chemical-Looping with Oxygen Uncoupling (CLOU) Process using Cu-Based Oxygen Carrier. Energy & Fuels 27(11):6906-6912. DOI: 10.1021/ef401637q


Oxy-Combustion and Biomass Cofiring


Gopan, A., Kumfer, B. M., Phillips, J., Thimsen, D., Smith, R. and Axelbaum, R. L. (2014). Process design and performance analysis of a Staged, Pressurized Oxy-Combustion (SPOC) power plant for carbon capture. Applied Energy 125(0):179-188. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2014.03.032

Holtmeyer, M. L., Li, G., Kumfer, B. M., Li, S. and Axelbaum, R. L. (2013). The Impact of Biomass Cofiring on Volatile Flame Length. Energy & Fuels 27(12):7762-7771. DOI: 10.1021/ef4013505

Li, G., Li, S., Dong, M., Yao, Q., Guo, C.Y., Axelbaum, R.L. (2013). Comparison of particulate formation and ash deposition under oxy-fuel and conventional pulverized coal combustions. Fuel 106:544-551. DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2012.10.035

Li, G.D., Li, S.Q., Dong, M., Axelbaum, R.L., Yao, Q. (2013). Comparisons of ash particle properties under air and oxy coal combustion in a 25 kw one-dimensional down fired furnace, in: Qi, H., Zhao, B. (Eds.), Cleaner Combustion and Sustainable World. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 1225-1231.

Wang, X., Daukoru, S. M., Torkamani, S., Wang, W.-N. and Biswas, P. (2013). Role of exhaust gas recycle on submicrometer particle formation during oxy-coal combustion. Proc. Combust. Instit. 34:3479-3487. DOI: 10.1016/j.proci.2012.07.049

Yi, F., Axelbaum, R.L. (2013). Stability of spray combustion for water/alcohols mixtures in oxygen-enriched air. Proc. Combust. Inst. 34:1697-1704. DOI: 10.1016/j.proci.2012.05.088

Holtmeyer, M. L., Kumfer, B. M. and Axelbaum, R. L. (2012) Effects of biomass particle size during cofiring under air-fired and oxyfuel. Applied Energy 93:606-613. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2011.11.042

Skeen, S. A., Kumfer, B. M. and Axelbaum, R. L. (2010). Nitric oxide emissions during coal and coal/biomass combustion under air-fired and oxy-fuel conditions. Energy & Fuels 24:4144-4152. DOI: 10.1021/ef100299n


Coal Byproducts


Zhang, L., Daukoru, M., Torkamani, S., Wang, S., Hao, J. and Biswas, P. (2013). Measurements of mercury speciation and fine particle size distribution on combustion of China coal seams. Fuel 104:732-738. DOI:10.1016/j.fuel.2012.06.069

B., L. and Dikshit, A. K. (2012). Behaviour of metals in coal fly ash ponds. APCBEE Procedia 1:34-39. DOI: 10.1016/j.apcbee.2012.03.007

B., L. and Dikshit, A. K. (2012). Single step extractions of metals in coal fly ash. Resources and Environment 2:1-8. DOI: 10.5923/j.re.20120202.01

Catalano, J.G., Huhmann, B.L., Luo, Y., Mitnick, E.H., Slavney, A., Giammar, D.E. (2012). Metal release and speciation changes during wet aging of coal fly ashes. Environ. Sci. Technol. 46:11804-11812. DOI: 10.1021/es302807b

Hutchinson, T.J., Basappa, L., Dikshit, A., Luo, Y., Catalano, J.G., Giammar, D.E. (2012). Fate of metals in fly ash during aging in laboratory-scale ash impoundments. Environ. Eng. Sci. 29:1085-1091. DOI: 10.1089/ees.2012.0034

Bhandakkar, A., Balaji, B., Prasad, R. C. and Sastry, S. (2011). Corrosion and wear studies of aluminum alloy 6061-flyash composites, Proceedings of the East Asian and Pacific Area Corrosion Conference and Expo, Bombay, India.

Luo, Y., Giammar, D. E., Huhmann, B. L. and Catalano, J. G. (2011). Speciation of Selenium, Arsenic, and Zinc in Class C fly ash. Energy Fuels 25:2980-2987. DOI: 10.1021/ef2005496

Shivpuri, K. K., B., L., Kulkarni, D. A. and Dikshit, A. K. (2011). Metal leaching potential in coal fly ash. Amer. J. Environ. Engr. 1:21-27. DOI: 10.5923/j.ajee.20110101.04