Faculty Position in Chemical Processes - University of California, Irvine

The Advanced Power and Energy Program at the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) is interested in receiving applications from faculty candidates in power generation and energy conversion associated with chemical processes in combustion systems. The successful applicant is expected to contribute to the leadership of the UCI Combustion Laboratory. This faculty hiring initiative is associated with a UC Irvine program to advance and sustain the standing of major university centers.

Chemical Processes. Chemical processes are integral to power generation and transportation systems that involve the transformation of the energy chemically bound in an energy carrier or fuel. In heat engines, the preparation of the fuel/air mixture, including atomization and evaporation, chemical kinetics and mixing govern both the heat release in the oxidation of a fuel as well as the formation and removal of pollutant species both within the combustion process as well as in after-treatment systems. In fuel cells, coupled chemical and electrochemical processes govern stack performance characteristics. In the production of practical fuels, contaminant removal from renewable fuels, and processing of fuels to make desired products, chemical processes are the cornerstone to system design, control and performance optimization. The successful applicant will interface with faculty in combustion, fuel cell research, transportation studies, and air and water resources in teamed, interactive, transdisciplinary collaborative research. The appointment is expected in either the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, or the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.