Institute of Alternative Energy

The Tulsa Alternative Energy Institute is a multidisciplinary research group established by the Research Office at the University of Tulsa in 2007 to promote next-generation energy research.

Currently, researchers from the Departments of Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, and Physics are actively involved.

Institute research is currently divided into two main areas: 

Fuels and Biofuels

Dr. Crunkleton is currently working with Sapphire Energy, a San Diego-based startup to produce traditional transportation fuels from photosynthetic algae. For more information, visit the research topic on algal-based biofuels.

Devices and Fuel Cells

Materials Chemistry of Direct Hydrocarbon Fuel Cell Electrodes 
Multiphase Transport in Fuel Cell Electrodes 


Institute Research Faculty

Daniel W. Crunkleton, P.E., Ph.D.

Ph.D., 2002, University of Florida
Registered Professional Engineer, Oklahoma 

John Henshaw, P.E., Ph.D. 

Ph.D., University of Delaware
Registered Professional Engineer, Oklahoma 

Jagannathan Mahadevan, Ph.D.

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Sanwu Wang, Ph.D.

Ph.D., University of Newcastle (Australia)

Presentation to Research Council