Energy Center

NEPTUNE Center for Power and Energy Research  

The Naval Enterprise Partnership Teaming with Universities for National Excellence (NEPTUNE) pilot program was established by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment and the Office of Naval Research (ONR), with funding from ONR, to provide professional education and development for the military community through participation in university basic research projects. Purdue was chosen to be a lead university in the NEPTUNE pilot because of it’s exceptional basic science and engineering research capabilities and it’s commitment to providing educational opportunities to current, former and future members of the military. 

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Projects

The NEPTUNE Center for Power and Energy Research is involved in seven projects that engage Navy personnel, ROTC students and veterans in cutting-edge research and comprise technology development of low-cost, high-performance sodium ion batteries; improved thermal management in next-generation radar and power electronics systems; low-cost and portable hydrogen fuel cells; composition and performance of aviation fuels, both conventional and alternative; cyber-security to detect malicious attacks on sensing and control systems; novel GaN RF power electronics; and new flexible (wearable) electronic devices.

1. Development of low-cost, high-performance electrode materials for Na-ion batteries
2. Heterogeneous surface wettability for manipulation of dryout hydrodynamics and bubble departure during high-heat-flux boiling processes
3. Low cost catalyst for portable hydrogen generation and on-demand power
4. Fundamental studies on composition/performance correlations for aviation fuels
5. Towards vetted sensing and control system firmware and software
6. GaN interface engineering for naval RF power electronics applications via atomic layer epitaxy
7. Unlocking the chemistry of the amine-thiol universal solvent system for solution processed, flexible electronic devices

Administrative Team

Maureen McCann
Maureen McCann
Biological Sciences
Energy Center


Eric Dietz
Eric Dietz
Computer Information & Tech
Purdue Homeland Security Institute


Pankaj Sharma
Pankaj Sharma
Technology Leadership & Innovation
Energy Center

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Cliff Wojtalewicz
Entrepreneurship Center


Technical Contact

Maureen McCann
Director, Energy Center,
Global Sustainability Institute
mmccann@purdue.edu


Collaborating Programs

Purdue Military Research Initiative

About the Energy Center

The Center’s mission is to grow the Purdue energy research and education enterprise. We engage researchers and students in a community that delivers new discoveries and develops disruptive technologies with national and global impact.


Contact

Maureen McCann

Director, Energy Center,
Global Sustainability Institute

Pankaj Sharma

Managing Director, Energy Center,
Global Sustainability Institute

Mann Hall, Rm 105
203 South Martin Jischke Dr.
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1971