Research Thrust 1: Asphaltene Adsorption, Aggregation, and Interfacial Effect
Research Thrust 2: Formation and Control of Gas Hydrate Slurries
Research Thrust 3: Drilling Fluids and Mechanisms of Particle Sedimentation
Research Thrust 4: Phase-Change-Material Nanoemulsions for Energy Transport and Storage
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Multi-scale, Multi-phase Phenomena in Complex Fluids for the Energy Industries

The Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) Project at the City College of New York, CUNY, is one of a total of 14 projects in the U.S. and one of 3 Engineering projects that was awarded funding in 2017 by the National Science Foundation under the PIRE Program managed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of International Science and Engineering.

This project will investigate multiscale phenomena in complex, multiphase fluids vital to energy technologies, such as the production and processing of oil and gas, energy conversion and storage, refrigeration, heating and cooling. The PIRE Project is run by Masahiro Kawaji, Director of the PIRE Project and Professor at the City College of New York, in collaboration with faculty and collaborating partners in France, Germany and Norway.

A team of the City College of New York (CCNY) engineering faculty was awarded $5.2 million over 5 years by the NSF PIRE Program to investigate Multi-scale Phenomena in Complex, Multi-phase Fluids for the Energy Industries. The team will investigate microscopic phenomena occurring at phase interfaces and their effects on bulk fluid flow and energy transport in commercial-scale energy processes, with diverse applications in oil, gas, thermal energy storage, and environmentally-friendly refrigeration. The CCNY team will lead an international network of researchers from a total of 11 partner institutions in Norway, Germany, and France. This NSF PIRE award was a joint effort between the CUNY Energy Institute and the Levich Institute, with faculty in Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering Departments.

PIRE is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF-supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high-quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community.