The Center for Clean Technology


One of the greatest challenges facing our nation is to ensure a healthy and sustainable environment, while maintaining the competitiveness of our industry and our high standard of living.
            The Center for Clean Technology (CCT) was created in 1999 after the successful completion of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Funded “Hazardous Substance Control Engineering Research Center (ERC)” led by Professor Sheldon Friedlander. Currently, Professors Yunfeng Lu, Vasilios Manousiouthakis and Selim Senkan co-direct the CCT.
            The goal of the CCT is to create a science, technology and human resource base for the rational design of clean, sustainable and economically competitive technologies.
            The Center provides an effective mechanism for investigators from academia, industry and government to explore new avenues to solve problems in pollution prevention, remediation, treatment and disposal, hazardous substance control, "green" engineering, sustainability, process intensification, conceptualization and design of industrial complexes (power plants, petroleum and petrochemicals facilities, chemical plants, water treatment plants, biomass processing facilities, etc.) utilizing hybrid energy resources, and creation of new energy conversion technologies that avoid/minimize the generation of hazardous materials.

            Moreover, the CCT offers industry, government, and foundations the opportunity to contribute not only to the development of new strategies and technologies, but also, and of equal importance, to the education of the next generation of "green" sustainability engineers, at one of the world’s leading universities.

            The Center serves as a hub for Industry/Government/Academia collaborative projects, often including student internships.

Center for Clean Technology Leadership


Professor Yunfeng Lu, (310) 794-7238,
Nanostructured Materials and Devices, Molecular Design and Self-Assembly, Energy Storage and Conversion, Biomimetic Materials

Professor Vasilios Manousiouthakis, (310) 206-0300,
Process Systems Engineering (Modeling, Simulation, Design, Control, Optimization), Pollution Prevention, Energy Integration, Green Engineering, Biomass Conversion, Hydrogen Economy

Professor Selim Senkan, (310) 206-4106,
Chemical Reaction Engineering, Catalysis and Combustion

Center for Clean Technology Projects


¤  Novel Materials and Architecture for Better Energy Storage

¤  Novel Approaches for Hydrogen Fuel Cells

¤  Novel Catalysts for Ammonia Synthesis

¤  Energetically Enhanced Hydrogen Production

¤  Globally Optimal Synthesis of Reactor Networks

¤  Globally Optimal Synthesis of Separator Networks

¤  Globally Optimal Synthesis of Reactive Separator Networks

¤  Process Network Attainable Region Quantification

¤  Biomass Pyrolysis Multiphase Modeling and Simulation

¤  Biomass Pyrolysis Optimization

¤  Pyrogas Treatment

¤  Synthesis/Design/Optimization of Cyclic Reactive/Separation Processes

Center for Clean Technology (CCT) Student Support


Students are supported through regular graduate student research assistantships (RA) and named fellowships (see CCT Fellowship brochure). RAs are generally offered in connection with the CCT listed projects. Fellowships are awarded to CCT affiliated students as described in the brochure above. All types of student support must be approved by the Co-Directors of the CCT.

How to Participate and Benefit


§  Academic/Industrial/Government Partnership

§  Collaborative Research Projects

§  Research/Education Seminars

§  Student Recruiting

§  Student Internships

§  Special Briefings and Visitors Exchange

§  Accelerated Technology Transfer


            The Center's Academic/Industrial/Government Partners are individual/organizations who wish to interact with CCT faculty, towards the development of clean technologies. These Partners provide general guidance and recommendations to the Center’s Co-Directors, regarding the formation of CCT projects, and educational initiatives in the clean technology area.
            Collaborative Research Projects are developed by the Center in conjunction with its Academic/Industrial/Government Partners. Current CCT Projects are listed above. New projects can be initiated following consultation by the Industrial/Government Partners and the CCT Co-Directors.
            Research/Education Seminars are delivered by CCT affiliated faculty on topics of direct interest to CCT Academic/Industrial/Government Partners, who help set the agenda for such events.
            Student Recruiting by CCT's Academic/Industrial/Government Partners is facilitated through first interview opportunities with CCT students, and an annual CCT student resume compendium.
            Student Internships sponsored by the CCT are finacially supported by the CCT's Academic/Industrial/Government Partners at whose site the internship takes place.
            Special Briefings and Visitors Exchange are carried out and/or facilitated by CCT affiliated faculty at Partners' organizations.
            Accelerated Technology Transfer is enabled through Collaborative Research Projects, Student Internships, Research/Education Seminars, and Short Courses/Briefings offered by CCT faculty.