Tech Awarded More Than $3 Million For Energy Research

Georgia Tech has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy for one of 42 university-led research and development projects aimed at developing the next generation of nuclear technologies.

Tech is one of 23 U.S. universities that will serve as lead researchers in 17 states. Industry, laboratories and other universities are set to collaborate on many of these projects.

The research is broken down into four categories. Georgia Tech will receive funding of $1,046,277 in the area of "Generation IV Reactor Research and Development." The goal: to develop the next generation of nuclear reactors that produce more energy with less waste.

Prof. Farzad Rahnema, associate chair of the Woodruff School and chair of the Nuclear and Radiological Engineering/Medical Physics program, will spearhead the project.

This grant is in addition to a $1 million award Tech received from the Department of Energy last month for membrane research and carbon capture, one of 37 projects selected to help develop clean energy potential in the U.S. Georgia Tech will also partner with Oak Ridge National Laboratory on a second approved project – budgeted at $987,547 – involving membranes and carbon capture. Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholars David Sholl and Bill Koros, both from the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, will be taking the lead on these research projects.

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.