New York University

To continue the development of the Decarbonizing Chemical Manufacturing Using Sustainable Electrification (DC-MUSE) Center

  • Amount $500,970
  • City New York, NY
  • Investigator Andre Taylor
  • Year 2023
  • Program Research
  • Sub-program Energy and Environment

Decarbonizing chemical manufacturing is one of the key steps needed to reduce emissions from the industrial sector, as chemical manufacturing accounts for 30% of industrial greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. The Decarbonizing Chemical Manufacturing Using Sustainable Electrification (DC-MUSE) is a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary research network headquartered at New York University that involves a range of faculty from across 14 different research institutions studying different aspects of decarbonizing chemical manufacturing, including such as how to replace high heat industrial processes with renewable-powered alternatives, how to coordinate power demand from the chemical industry with other grid needs, and how to design backup power options through the use of batteries and other technologies. The DC-MUSE network is in involved in the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, an effort backed by the National Science Foundation to strengthen connections between academia and industry, and DC-MUSE is working towards becoming an Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC). DC-MUSE is led by Director André Taylor, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at New York University (NYU) and Deputy Director Elizabeth Biddinger, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the City University of New York. Building on previous Sloan Foundation support for DC-MUSE, this grant provides funding for three critical center functions that will help the network to grow and evolve. First, funds will support the role of a Managing Director, who is tasked with ensuring effective center management, outreach, and fundraising. Second, funds will provide support for a post-doctoral fellow who will assist in research coordination and management, working with faculty across the DC-MUSE network. Third, funds will support the organization of a New Research Directions small grants see fund that will enable DC-MUSE leadership to make 3-4 grants of around $25,000 each. The goal of this seed fund is to launch new collaborative research efforts related to decarbonizing chemical manufacturing, both among faculty already affiliated with DC-MUSE and as a way to engage collaborators from outside of the network.

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