CORES Research Group

(Colorado Reacting flows, Electrochemistry, and Surface Science)
Clean Energy · Clean Water

Research Overview

DeCaluwe Research Overview

CORES: "CO Reacting-flows, Electrochemistry, and Surface-science." Our research group focuses on improving clean energy and water systems, with a particular emphasis on electrochemistry and interfaces. Via fundamental insight into the chemical, thermodynamic, and fluid mechanical processes at material interfaces and in reacting flows, we can design and improve technologies to improve quality of life for diverse populations and ease the impacts of human resource use on critical ecosystems and habitats across the globe.

Our research combines fundamental experiments with multi-scale numerical models to identify microstructures, surface treatments, material chemistries, or control strategies for advanced technologies. Applications include advanced lithium batteries, solid oxide and polymer electrolyte fuel cells, chemically reacting flows (chemical processing and combustion), and water filtration systems such as reverse osmosis and membrane distillation.

The figure at right gives a general overview of our research philosophy, and how the different activities in the group fit together. It also illustrates the iterative nature of scientific discovery and engineering design. Discoveries at the nano-scale, for example, when evaluated in the context of device-level processes, might lead to new insights and criteria for the design and discovery of new materials. Similarly, understanding the fundamental properties of materials used might lead to new design, fabrication, and control strategies at the device level.

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Group Members

The members of the CORES research group include undergraduates, Masters, and PhD stduents. Research activities include a mixture of fundamental experiments and numerical simulations. Ideally, each student will be exposed to both experimental and modeling work, to understand how the two activities interrelate and improve each other.

In addition to conducting top-notch research, we use our group meetings to gain and practice complementary skills to build a foundation for successful and fulfilling careers. Some of these skills include communicating with diverse audiences (both within and outside of ones particular field), how to organize and maintain datasets, and lifelong learning (how to keep up with literature and maintain a useable reference library). Because our research projects span a divers array of applications and scientific fields, including topics such as batteries, water filtration, combustion, fuel cells, and biofuels, students in the group bring a diverse array of experiences and perspectives. This diversity makes our group stronger, and allows for enriching interactions that benefit group members during their time at MINES and throuhgout their careers.

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Research Products

The primary "output" from our work is a contribution to the body of knowledge which underpins advances in clean energy and water technologies. A core value of our group is that of openness - to disseminate these insights for the greatest impact, we strive to make our research products as accessible as possible, and also attempt to provide the tools and information needed so that anyone interested can reproduce or extend our work.

In that spirit, our research output is shared in three main ways:

  • Peer-reviewed publications are summarized on the Publications page. Preprints are provided, where possible.
  • Software and data analysis tools are uploaded on our GitHub repository
  • Conference presentations are freely accessible on our FigShare profile.


Micro blogging

One non-standard communication tool we use to communicate our research activities and products is Twitter. This provides an informal way to share research with others in the field (through curated lists such as Battery Tweeps), and also provides a way to communicate with a broader audience about what our group does on a daily basis.