Engineering Substances and Process Sustainability

This cluster focuses on the production of substances using green engineering processes, materials, and chemistries to avoid toxic byproducts, such as water or air pollution. Two main objectives are envisioned: (i) creating “green conscious” processes in materials research and product development and (ii) incorporating industrial partnerships that facilitate a joint commitment to sustainability. Three thrusts of green engineering were defined (green materials, green chemistry, and green processes), as shown below.

Affiliated Faculty


Albayati, M., Gorthala, R., Thompson, A., Patil, P., & Hacker, A. (2020). Bringing Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics Tools for HVAC&R Into the Mainstream. ASME Journal of Engineering for Sustainable Buildings and Cities, 1(3).

Chacon-Hurtado D,  Kazerounian K,  Hertel S, Mellor J, Barry J, & Ravindran, T. “Engineering for Human Rights: The Theory and Practice of a Human Rights-Based Approach to Engineering" (in progress).

Cuéllar, E., Pastor, L., García-Herbosa, G., Nganga, J., Angeles-Boza, A. M., Diez-Varga, A., Torroba, T., Martín-Alvarez, J. M., Miguel, D., & Villafañe, F. (2021). (1,2 Azole)bis(bipyridyl)ruthenium(II) Complexes: Electrochemistry, Luminescent Properties, And Electro- And Photocatalysts for CO2 Reduction. Inorganic Chemistry, 60(2), 692–704.

Lyle Scruggs. (2003). Sustaining Abundance: Environmental Performance in Industrial Democracies. New York: Cambridge University Press

Lyle Scruggs. (2012). Declining Public Concern about Climate Change: Can We Blame the Great Recession? Global Environmental Change. 22 (2), 2012:505-515 (with Salil Benegal)

Nganga, J. K., Wolf, L. M., Mullick, K., Reinheimer, E., Saucedo, C., Wilson, M. E., Grice, K. A., Ertem, M. Z., & Angeles-Boza, A. M. (2021). Methane Generation from CO2 with a Molecular Rhenium Catalyst. Inorganic Chemistry, 60(6), 3572–3584.

Nganga, J., Chaudhri, N., Brückner, C., & Angeles-Boza, A. M. (2021). β-Oxochlorin cobalt(II) complexes catalyze the electrochemical reduction of CO2. Chemical Communications, 57(36), 4396–4399.