UW School of Energy Resources Received Funding to Find Uses for Waste Coal


LARAMIE – The University of Wyoming will receive funding from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) as a sub-recipient in a collaborative grant proposal with Baker Hughes Energy Transition LLC to develop innovative solutions and uses for waste coal .

The joint proposal is one of seven national projects recently selected by the DOE. UW will support the Baker Hughes project team in researching a new economical use of waste coal in additive manufacturing processes.

The joint team will determine the benefits of combining graphene-type carbon-derived materials with polyetheretherketone (PEEK) filaments – an essential raw material used in additive manufacturing – for use in 3D printing applications, such as fusion deposition modeling or stereolithography. Carbon enhanced PEEK is expected to improve corrosion resistance and strength of 3D printed parts.

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The project builds on ongoing and innovative research initiated by the Center for Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCCC) at UW’s School of Energy Resources (SER), which is actively working to support existing markets and find new new non-energy uses for Wyoming coal.

Patrick Johnson, professor of chemical engineering at UW, has managed several carbon engineering initiatives for the CCCC. Johnson and his team have worked on the development of advanced materials from carbon, including graphene oxide, polyurethane adhesives, coatings and foams.

“Baker Hughes is a leading energy technology company committed to advancing energy, making it safer, cleaner and more efficient for people and the planet,” said Johnson. “We share Baker Hughes’ commitment and look forward to working with his DOE project team to advance innovative ways to develop environmentally friendly and safe uses for waste coal. “

Once funded, DOE will provide approximately $ 900,000 for laboratory and pilot-scale research and development, with the ultimate goal of commercialization.

A list of all selected projects is available here.

For more information, call Christine Reed, SER Outreach Director, at (307) 766-6708 or email [email protected]