Case Western Reserve leads four ARPA-E grants

Serving as leader on four grants from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) puts Case Western Reserve University among the top five universities in the country leading ARPA-E projects.
A team led by associate professor of chemical engineering Rohan Akolkar is testing a new method for extracting titanium that’s more efficient and could cut the cost of the precious metal by up to 60 percent.

Associate professor of materials science David Matthiesen and his team are working on a cheaper, more eco-friendly material to make magnets for use in green energy technology.

Chemical engineering professors Robert Savinell and Jesse Wainwright are fine-tuning their “rustbelt” flow battery—an iron-and-water version of the technology that could accelerate the addition of renewable energy sources to the power grid.
Gerhard Welsch, professor of materials science and engineering,  developed smaller, lighter capacitors made from titanium to power the next generation of electronic devices. 

In addition, Kenneth Loparo, chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, served as a co-investigator on a project that developed technology to derive biofuel from algae, and the university earned ARPA-E funding for the IEEE EnergyTech 2012 conference held on campus.