News & Events

June 18 – 20, 2018

The First Annual Review Meeting (ARM) was held at The City College of New York on June 18-20, 2018. A total of ten collaborating international researchers attended this meeting in person, and additional 12 researchers joined via BlueJeans. On June 17, a casual reception was held at a local restaurant to welcome some of the European collaborators. In each morning session, presentations were made by the PIRE faculty, students and international collaborators in person or via BlueJeans. In the afternoon, more detailed discussions were held in separate Thrust meetings, and lab tours were given including CUNY’s advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) located on the CCNY campus.
On the second day of the ARM, an Advisory Board meeting was held. After the introduction of all PIRE faculty and students, and representatives of international collaborators, an overview of the PIRE project and progress made in Year 1 were given by the PIRE Project Director, Masahiro Kawaji, followed by Thrust leaders and International Team Coordinators, offering the team leadership’s viewpoints and concepts of synergy. The Advisory Board also met with all the PIRE students and the postdoctoral researcher.

June 4 – 11, 2018

The PIRE Project held a series of Research Thrust meetings June 4 – 11, 2018. Each of the five PIRE Research Thrusts met separately on a particular day. Thrust meetings were attended by the City College faculty, Ph.D. students, and by European PIRE Project collaborators. The collaborators from Europe, who joined the meetings via video conference, included researchers, industry professionals, and Ph.D. students.

PIRE Project Mini-Workshop

March 15, 2018

On March 15, 2018, the PIRE Project held its first Mini-Workshop that was attended by PIRE Project City College faculty, Ph.D. students, and PIRE collaborators from Europe who participated remotely via video conference. The Mini-Workshop focused on the PIRE-related research. The workshop presentations were organized by research thrusts. PIRE Ph.D. students from each of the four research thrusts made a series of presentations on their work, followed by questions, comments, and feedback. In addition to research topics, summer and research internships and the upcoming PIRE Annual Review Meeting on June 18 – 20, 2018, were also discussed at the Mini-Workshop.

January 10, 2018

A five-year research project on complex fluids with potential for transformative scientific discoveries in industries from petro-chemical to cosmetics is underway at The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering.  Funded by a $5.2 million National Science Foundation grant, the initiative includes 11 partner institutions in France, Germany and Norway.

PIRE Project Director Masahiro Kawaji

PIRE Project Opening Reception​

December 6, 2017

In celebration of the achievement and the commencement of the PIRE Project, an opening reception was held at The City College of New York. The event was attended by the CUNY Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Vita Rabinowitz, CUNY Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Daniel McCloskey, President of the City College of New York Vincent Boudreau, President of the Research Foundation of CUNY Richard Rothbard, Research Director of SINTEF Petroleum Research (Norway) Harald Linga, as well as by the City College faculty, PIRE students, and staff. 

August 30, 2017

The City College of New York-based CUNY Energy Institute is the recipient of a five-year $5.2 million National Science Foundation PIRE grant for advanced research on complex fluids. It will fund the Institute’s “PIRE: Multi-scale, Multi-phase Phenomena in Complex Fluids for the Energy Industries” project that involves 11 international partner institutions from France, Germany and Norway.