Welcome to Engineering Systems and Environment Briefs, a place to find quick notes and posts from our department faculty, students, staff and alumni.

    Two lab posters receive honorable mentions at the ESE undergrad research symposium

    December 05, 2018


    Congrats to Elie and Sarang for their awesome work:

    Using integrated Assessment Modeling to Compare Negative Emissions Technologies, by Elie Seff, mentored by Jay Fuhrman, and supervised by Andres Clarens

    Sustainable Pseudowollastonite-based Cements, by Sarang Patel, mentored by Dan Plattenberger, supervised by Andres Clarens

    Andres on NPR – Infrastructure of Power

    October 29, 2018


    Andres was interviewed for a NPR piece about the natural gas pipelines that are being developed in Virginia to transport natural gas from hydraulically fractured wells in Western PA to Virginia, North Carolina and for export. You can listen here.

    We need better technology and policy

    October 29, 2018

    Interesting presentations today as part of the UVa Sustainability Bicentennial events. Our lab’s friend Bill Shobe made compelling case that climate change can’t be solved by us through our personal choices – we need better technology and policy. Andres talked about all the different disciplines that need to be engaging to help with the carbon drawdown as well as our work with the environmental resilience institute.

    Post-doctoral fellow opportunity in our lab

    October 10, 2018

    Our group is looking for a post-doctoral fellow in the broad area of negative carbon emissions for a project co-directed by Scott Doney (env science) and Bill Shobe (econ and policy).  Candidates with a background in integrated assessment modeling are strongly considered to apply. You can read about the position here.  In the meantime, please email Andres ( if you are interested.

    New ‘3 Cavaliers’ project on Negative Carbon Emissions Funded

    September 19, 2018

    The work is collaborative with Scott Doney in Environmental Science and Bill Shobe in Economics/Batten and we’re going to look at the environmental impacts of negative carbon emissions in the Chesapeake Bay region. Stay tuned for more!

    Bo defends his dissertation

    September 13, 2018

    Congratulations Dr. Liang! Next stop Houston and Halliburton.

    New paper on silicate carbonation could help us design much better cements

    September 01, 2018

    Dan’s new paper in ES&T Letters reports on some really unexpected and cool reaction products we’ve been able to create in the lab using calcium silicates and CO2. You can take a look here

    Don’t waste photons!

    July 25, 2018

    Dan and Andres spent a week at Argonne National Lab with our collaborators Catherine Peters and Flo Ling from Princeton. Incredible results and tons of fun.

    New NSF-funded project on pseudowollastonite-based building materials

    July 01, 2018

    Click here to learn more about our recently funded project:

    Characterizing the reactivity and industrial ecology of pseudowollastonite to enable high performance building materials from waste streams

    Buddy Defends His Dissertation

    June 04, 2018

    Congrats to Buddy on defending his dissertation entitled:

    Alternatives for Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids in Unconventional Shale Gas Wells