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1) Energy and Environment  (Contact: Prof Lowry – lowry@wustl.edu)

 In recent years, connections between energy and environmental issues have become increasingly important, contentious, and prominent in the public discourse. Decisions and policies regarding energy production and use have significant impacts on aspects of life in the 21st century ranging from pollution and global warming to economic development and quality of life. How can we in academia most effectively address these issues? The goal of this breakout section will be to identify important areas of research and possible collaborations between different institutions to address these issues. We therefore intend to discuss topics such as the following.

- What are the important connections between energy and the environment?

- How much do technical and economic and political issues affect policy choices, and how much should they? 

- In which areas can collaborations be most fruitful?

Coordinators:  W. Lowry and H. Pakrasi (WUStL)

Participants: A. Ganesh (IIT B); F. Chen (NatTaiwanU); I. Or (Boģaziçi), J.W. Kim (SNU), R. Dalimi (UI); K. Yamaji, M. Mitani,  (U of Tokyo), Donghwan Kim (Korea Univ), S. Yong-gun (Yonsei U), R. Aggarwal, B. Schaal; R. Husar, S. Stanley  (WUStL)

2) Aerosol Science and Engineering; Air Quality and Health
(Contact: Prof Axelbaum – rla@wustl.edu)

Aerosols continue to be of great importance in many areas associated with energy and the environment.  The goal of this breakout group will be to identify a strategic plan for advancing aerosol research in areas that are critical to these fields.  In building this vision, the breakout group will first identify critical needs and then identify synergisms among faculty at the partner universities that can potential be exploited to address these needs.  Topics to be discussed include

             - Atmospheric aerosols and their influence on global climate

            - Aerosols routes for novel materials synthesis for renewable energy production

            - Aerosols associated with existing and alternative fuels, e.g., biofuels

  At the completion of the breakout session the group should have identified one or two areas that best represent unique strengths of the partner universities that hold promise for a multilateral leadership role in these areas.


Coordinator: R.L. Axelbaum (WUStL)

Participants: A. Snidvongs (Chulalongkorn), J. Chen (Fudan Univ); V.K. Jain (JNU), Hu Min (Peking University), J. Hao (Tsinghua University), J. Yu (CUHK);  A.K. Suresh (IIT B), N. Kitamura (U. of Tokyo) B. Evanoff, S. Falke, D. Chen, J. Turner, E. Macias, P. Biswas (WUStL)


3) Water Resources and Aquatic
Processes (Contact: Prof Angenent – Angenent@seas.wustl.edu)

 Water and energy are intrinsically linked – from generation of energy by dams to negative impacts on water quality from coal-fired power plants (acid rain and mercury).  During this breakout session we will narrow to only three of such links, depending on the research interests that are already present among the different institutions.  This breakout session will identify research needs and collaborative possibilities in this arena.  Topics of interest may include:

            - Energy conservation and the positive impact on water quality

            - Centralized vs. decentralized water treatment – an energy balance

            - Production of bioenergy from organic material in wastewater

Coordinators: L. Angenent, D. Giammar, T.R. Kidder (WUStL)

Participants: O. Yenigün (Boģaziçi), R. Semiat (Technion), H.P. Fang (HKU), S. B. Kim (Seoul National University), S. Asolekar (IIT B), K. Takeuchi (U Tokyo),  E. Shin (Yonsei); V. Snoeyink (NUS), M. Hightower (Sandia), T. Yeager (Kennedy Jenks), J. Yang (USEPA), C. Buescher  (WUStL)



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