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Dr. Jochen Lauterbach

Endowed Chair in Strategic Approaches to the Generation of Electricity (SAGE)

Strategic Approaches to the Generation of Electricity

  • Research focuses on improving environmental control technologies and developing novel approaches for electricity generation.
  • Developing new materials and processes for hydrocarbon reforming, biofuels, and carbon emissions capture, storage and use.
  • Studying novel sensor materials for power applications.'
  • Research funded by DARPA, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and industry partners such as the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina and Santee Cooper.
  • Has filed two patent applications and has a start-up company in the planning stages.
  • Dr. rer. nat. in Physical, Free University of Berlin, Germany 
  • Diploma in Technical Physics, University of Bayreuth, Germany

As the world seeks to develop fuels for the future, researchers and industry cannot abandon current power sources such as coal, hydroelectric and nuclear. However, highly focused research and thoughtful collaboration between universities and industry can result in smarter, cleaner technologies for these legacy fuels.

Dr. Jochen Lauterbach holds the SmartState Endowed Chair in the Center for Strategic Approaches to the Generation of Electricity (SAGE), one of six energy-related Centers of Economic Excellence at the University of South Carolina (USC) encompassing fuel cell, nuclear energy and fossil fuel technologies. 

Dr. Lauterbach is working to reduce the harmful environmental effects of burning coal to produce electricity. Coal is currently the cheapest and most widely available energy source, and it will remain in use for several more decades at least. Stricter regulations on coal plant emissions have created a great need for research in this field, hence the demand for Dr. Lauterbach’s research. 

Dr. Lauterbach is a highly recognized chemical engineer known for his expertise in using chemical engineering principles to solve industrial problems. Working closely with industry partners, he and his team are focused on improving environmental control technologies for coal power plants, including improving mercury and gas emission controls and developing new materials and processes to capture and store or find a use for carbon emissions.

His research has high-level support. Funders include the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as industries such as Ford Motor Co., Union Carbide, Mitsubishi Chemicals, Shell, and Toyota. 

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