Jeremy Grunewald

 Jeremy Grunewald
Mentor: Dr. Renwei Mei
College of Engineering
 
"I wanted to get hands on experience and become more acquainted with the laboratory and research side of the university. By having the opportunity to conduct group and individual research projects, I have developed talents and skills that I have not yet encountered within my specific college of engineering."

Major

Chemical Engineering

Minor

Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

  • Solar Fuels
  • Renewable Energy
  • Rare Earths

Academic Awards

  • UF University Scholars Program

Organizations

  • AIChE
  • ChemE Car
  • Solar Gators

Volunteer

  • Solar Fuels Research

Hobbies and Interests

  • Solar Thermochemical Fuels
  • Astrophysics
  • Philosophy
  • Orca Whales

Research Description

Solar Fuels Research Assistant
I am conducting research on the mass production of materials and fuels needed to conduct large-scale solar thermochemical reactions. Working with a team of two other undergraduate students and under the direct supervision of two graduate students, I help research and develop small-scale reactions and methods to produce specific compounds necessary for the eventual large-scale production of synthetic fuels known as syngas. The production of these materials is essential in the solar-driven, thermochemical process of water splitting to produce hydrogen gas and syngas for use as industrial fuels to produce "green," sustainable, and renewable energy.