SEED Grant Research

Experimental Studies of Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Mechanics of Carbonation of Ultramafic Rocks for CO2 Storage

Edward Bolton, David Bercovici, Robert Bailis 2009-2011

Grant results included an additional $2.1MM in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (described here), and...

Developing and Marketing Improved Cook-stoves for Rural Bangladesh

Robert Bailis, Alessandro Gomez, Ahmed Mobarak 2009-2011

Funded research helped secure a $1.0MM Development Innovation Ventures Stage 2 grant from USAID to support research and testing of new marketing strategies on behalf of improved cookstoves in India and Bangladesh. Research results are discussed in an article (“Low demand for non-traditional cookstove technologies”) published in the Proceedings...

Metabolic Flux Analysis for the Biosynthesis of Fuel Hydrocarbons

Scott Strobel 2009-2011

We propose to develop the direct production of fuel hydrocarbons from cellulose-based waste feedstock using a carbon neutral fermentation process employing Gliocladium roseum (NRRL 50072), an endophytic fungus recently isolated from Northern Patagonia. The fungus produces and excretes an extensive series of straight chained and branched medium...

Land Surface Properties, Regional Climate Feedbacks and Urban Adaptations

Karen Seto, Ronald Smith, Xuhui lee 2009-2011

Results of this grant (published in Nature 511: 216-219) furthered understanding of convection in the lower atmosphere as a controlling factor in Urban Heat Island (UHI), and were summarized in Yale News, here.