The Sustainability and Reaction Engineering Laboratory (SuREL) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell focuses on utilizing both experimental and theoretical techniques to study modern energy and environmental problems. Key research expertise of our laboratory includes high temperature pyrolysis, gasification, and oxidation experiments and molecular and detailed kinetic modeling.
Our main research focus is to uncover fundamental interplay between chemical kinetics and transport phenomena and to manipulate reaction pathways for producing high-value products from low-value, underutilized hydrocarbon feedstocks. Key feedstocks of interest include flared shale gas, lignocellulosic biomass, plastic waste, and food waste. The target products include energy sources (such as biofuels), biobased chemicals, and renewable materials.