The Engineered Interfaces for Sustainable Energy (EISEn) Group, directed by Dr. Sami Khan, is based at Simon Fraser University in the School of Sustainable Energy Engineering in Vancouver, Canada. As the need to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and curbing greenhouse gas emissions grows, sustainable energy systems face obstacles towards conversion rates, selectivities to products of interest, and longevity and reliability in operation. We endeavour to address these challenges by studying fundamentals in surface and interfacial science, wettability, fluid mechanics, electrochemistry, reaction engineering, and catalysis and devising innovative solutions driven by creative interfacial engineering methods.
This image shows attractive patterns forming when a pH indicator is introduced into a CO2 electrolysis cell.
This image demonstrates what corrosion looks like on a 500 nm layer of iron coating a silicon substrate by dropping hydrochloric acid onto it. Almost immediately, the very thin layer of iron began to crack and corrode revealing the silicon beneath it (blue under this polarizing filter).
This vivid image shows steam condensing in a drop-wise way on a thin submicron film of cerium oxide which appears purple at this thickness.
Recent Group News
Congratulations to Clara who has received an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) to perform research in CO2 capture and conversion.
Congratulations Megan and Dr. Khan for being featured on the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) Blog, talking about the challenges that remote communities face on a daily basis. The project embarks on a new and innovative way to increase energy, water and food sovereignty in remote communities.
The EISEn Lab has received a CMC Microsystems MNT Financial Assistance Award. Through this support, Rich will be developing and characterizing robust coatings using physical vapour deposition, and Clara will be fabricating attractive micro and nanotextures, all at SFU's state-of-the-art 4D labs. Congrats team!