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Mission

The Shell Center for Sustainability's mission is to foster an interdisciplinary program of research, outreach, and education to address actions that can be taken to ensure the sustainable development of communities' living standards, interpreted broadly, to encompass all factors affecting the overall quality of life.

 

Research by Year

by Departmentby Facultyby Subject

 

2010-2011
2009-2010
2008-2009
2007-2008
Past Research
 

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2010-2011  

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Urbanization and Carbon In Waterways
 Rebecca Barnes, Jim Elder, and John Irza 
 

Coastal Flood Warning System
 Emilia Stepinski, and Navid Ataei 
 

Efficient Solar Cell
 Kun-Po Chao Sravani Gullapalli 
 

Religion and the Environment
Katherine Sorrell, Molly Goldstein, Virginia White, Henry Hancock, and David Liou 
 

Reduce and Fix CO2
 Allison Heath 
 

Consequences of Climate Change on Ecosystems
Amber Roman 

 

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2009-2010

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Environmentally Benign Control of Biofouling

Jun Lou, Ph.D., Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Rice University
Qilin Li, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University

The Response of Native Plant Mating Systems to Climate Change

Lesley Campbell, Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University
Kenneth Whitney, Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University
Caroline Masiello, Ph.D., Earth Science, Rice University

Installation, Implementation and Analysis of the Ze-Row Solar House

Danny Samuels, FAIA / Visiting Professor, School of Architecture / Director, Rice Building Workshop
Nonya Grenader, FAIA / Professor in Practice, School of Architecture/Assoc. Director, Rice Building Workshop
Brent C. Houchens, PhD / Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, Rice University
David Dewane, Lead Architecture student, Rice University 
Roque Sanchez, Lead Engineering student, Rice University

Reducing Energy Use & Carbon Dioxide While Producing Industrial Chemicals by Efficiently Engineered Mircobial Processes

George Bennett, Ph.D., E.Dell Butcher Professor of Biochemistry & Cell Biology, Rice University
K.-Y. San, Ph.D., E. Dell Butcher Professor of Bioengineering, Rice University
Tao Lin, Graduate Student in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Rice University

Sustainable Water Infrastructure For Improving Public Health Protection

Qilin Li, Ph.D., Environmental Engineering Program, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Leonardo Dueñas-Osorio, Ph.D., Civil Engineering Program, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Isabel Raciny, Doctoral Student, Rice University
 

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2008-2009

Capteur Soleil and Social Enteprise

Doug Schuler, PI, Associate Professor, Rice University
Jean Boubour, PI, Inventor
Pauline Rosenau, PI, Professor, University of Texas School of Public Health

Understanding Mercury Chemistry in the Atmosphere of Houston, Texas

Robert J. Griffin, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Kabindra Man Shakya, Graduate Student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Daewon Byun, Ph.D., Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Houston

Low-cost Solar Thermal Collectors for Absorption Refrigeration Systems

Howard Schmidt, Ph.D., (co-PI) Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, Rice University 
Kyriacos Zygourakis, Ph.D., (co-PI) Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, Rice University 
Alejandro J. Garcia-Cuellar, Ph.D., (co-PI) Solar Energy and Thermal-Fluid Sciences, Tecnologico de Monterrey 

Genetic and Environmental Impacts on Lignin Accumulation

Janet Braam, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Rice University
Jennifer Rudgers, Ph.D., Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University
William Hockaday, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Earth Science, Rice University
Carrie Masiello, Ph.D., Department of Earth Science, Rice University

Development of a Long-range Sustainability Plan for the Upper Texas Coast

John Anderson, Ph.D., Department of Earth Sciences, Rice University
Christopher Hight, Ph.D., School of Architecture, Rice University



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2007-2008

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Carbon Sequestration Through Bio-char Soil Amendment

Carrie Masiello, Ph.D., Department of Earth Science, Rice University
William Hockaday, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Earth Science, Rice University
Kyriacos Zygourakis, Ph.D., Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University

Sustainable Production and Development of Biodiesel in Texas

Daniel Cohan, Ph.D., Department of Civil & environmental Engineering, Rice University
Kyriacos Zygourakis, Ph.D., Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University
Ramon Gonzalez, Ph.D., Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University

Integrated Economic Environmental and Reliable Modeling of Power Systems Growth

Daniel Cohan, Ph.D., Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Leonardo Duenas-Osorio, Ph.D., Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Peter Hartley, Ph.D., Department of Economics, Rice University
Kenneth Medlock, Ph.D., Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University

The Water Footprint of Biofuels

Pedro J. Alvarez, Ph.D., Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Rosa Dominguez-Faus, Graduate Student, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Susan E. Powers, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineeering, Clarkson University
Joel G. Burken, Department of Civil, Arvhitectural and Environmental Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Amy Myers Jaffe, James A. Baker III Institute of Public Policy, Rice University

Monitoring Engineered Nanoparticles in the Environment

William C. Hockaday, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Earth Sciences, Rice University
Qilin Li, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Carrie Masiello, Ph.D., Department of Earth Sciences, Rice University

 

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 Past Research

The Shell Center for Sustainability committed research funds in the Fall of 2003. The funds supported several projects conducted primarily by Rice faculty, staff and students. Work commenced in 2004 and has been completed. Research addressed several general areas of sustainability:

• Energy resources, carbon cycle and air quality
• Water
• Biodiversity
• Role of the private sector in fostering sustainability and stakeholder relationships

Projects: 

Gas Hydrates

Walter Chapman, Ph.D., Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University
Gerald Dickens, Ph.D., Department of Earth Sciences, Rice University
Brandon Dugan, Ph.D., Department of Earth Sciences, Rice University
George J. Hirasaki, Ph.D., Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University
Manik Talwani, Ph.D., Schlumberger Professor Emeritus of Department of Earth Sciences, Rice University
Colin Zelt, Ph.D., Department of Earth Sciences, Rice University
Gaurav Bhatnagar, Graduate Student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University
Kishore Mohanty, Ph.D., Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Houston

Business Case for Sustainable Development

Marc Epstein, Ph.D., Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University

Ozone Research

Matthew Fraser, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Gary Morris, Ph.D., Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rice University
 

Rice University-Nankai University Partnership 

Mason Tomson, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Wei Chen, Ph.D., Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Nankai University
Amy Kan, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Pedro Alvarez, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Phil Bedient, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
C. Herb Ward, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Jim Blackburn, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Qilin Li, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Houston
Daniel Cohan, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University

U.S.-China Coastal Cities Project 

Michael Emerson, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, Rice University
Amy Myers-Jaffe, Baker Institute Fellow, Rice University
Steven Lewis, Ph.D., Baker Institute Fellow, Department of Asian Studies, Rice University
Stephen Klineberg, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, Rice University
 

Case Study in Sustainability 

Matt Hotze, Graduate Student, Professional Master's Environmental Analysis and Decision-Making Program, Rice University
Christine Robichaud, Graduate Student, Professional Master's Environmental Analysis and Decision-Making Program, Rice University
 

Nanotechnology & Energy

Rick Smalley, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Rice University
Neal Lane, Ph.D., Department of Physics, Rice University
Wade Adams, Ph.D., Smalley Institute of Nanoscale Science and Technology, Rice University
Dagobert Brito, Ph.D., Department of Economics, Rice University
Steven Currall, Ph.D., Jones Business School, Rice University
Peter Hartley, Ph.D., Department of Economics, Rice University
Robert Hauge, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Rice University
Amy Myers Jaffe, Baker Institute Fellow, Rice University
 

Energy & Conservation: Contingent Valuation Analysis

Marc Epstein, Ph.D., Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University
Sally Widener, Ph.D., Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University
Nicholas Lacouture, Graduate Student, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University
Rachel Gilman, Graduate Student, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University

Carbon Capture and Sequestration 

Jerry Dickens, Ph.D., Department of Earth Sciences, Rice University
Brandon Dugan, Ph.D., Department of Earth Sciences, Rice University
Robert Harris, Ph.D., School of Architecture, Rice University
Peter Hartley, Ph.D., Department of Economics, Rice University
Amy Myers Jaffe, Baker Institute Fellow, Rice University
Neal Lane, Ph.D., Department of Physics, Rice University
Andreas Luttge, Ph.D., Department of Earth Sciences, Rice University
Carrie Masiello, Ph.D., Department of Earth Sciences, University of Houston
Kenneth Medlock, Ph.D., Department of Economics, Rice University
Ron Sass, Ph.D., Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University
Robin Sickles, Ph.D., Department of Economics, Rice University
Ronald Soligo, Ph.D., Department of Economics, Rice University
Kyriocos Zygourakis, Ph.D., Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University
 

Water Membrane Technologies

Andrew R. Barron, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Rice University
Vicki L. Colvin, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Rice University
Matteo Pasquali, Ph.D., Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University
Michael Wong, Ph.D., Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University
Mark Wiesner, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University 

 

Biodiversity-Forestry

William E. Rogers, Ph.D., Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University
Evan H. Siemann, Ph.D., Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Nankai University
Dale S. Sawyer, Ph.D., Department of Earth Sciences, Rice University
 

Biolinguistic Diversity

Matt Shibatani, Ph.D., Department of Linguistics, Rice University
Gail M. Coelho, Ph.D., Department of Linguistics, Rice University
Stephen Tyler, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, Rice University