Prof. Joan Brennecke is breaking new ground in the effort to reduce our impact on the Earth. Through her innovative research in ionic liquid, the University of Notre Dame is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading research institutions fighting to contain carbon dioxide emissions. As Prof. Brennecke notes, “We're going to have to find other ways of generating the power and energy that we need, or we need to be able to capture the CO2 that we produce from the burning fossil fuels.”

At Notre Dame’s Energy Frontier Research Center, led by Peter C. Burns, Massman Chair and Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences, researchers are laying the scientific groundwork for fundamental advances in such areas as solar energy, biofuels, clean coal, and nuclear energy.

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