About Us

Mission

The mission of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy (LCSE) is to advance science and develop innovative technologies that provide sustainable energy and materials for all humanity, while allowing energy transition for zero emissions and maintaining the stability of the Earth’s natural systems.

Context

The development of novel energy and materials conversion pathways and technologies–particularly with reduced environmental footprints (i.e., CO2 emission and resource usage)–is one of the greatest challenges faced by humanity that cannot be overcome by simply employing traditional scientific or engineering approaches. More than ever, the development and implementation of sustainable energy technologies require cross-cutting collaborations between natural science and engineering disciplines. Furthermore, the development of viable policy frameworks and market structures are also important for the significant reduction of anthropogenic carbon emissions to address climate change and critical for the new circular carbon economy based on non-fossil carbon and renewable energy. To achieve this ambitious goal, we need to work together and encourage the effective, rapid transfer of knowledge between participating members of various fields and global communities.

What we do

To address these challenges and achieve this goal, the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy (LCSE) conducts collaborative research that transformatively crosses the boundaries of the natural sciences and engineering. LCSE researchers focus on the development of new scientific understandings, theories, models, novel materials and technologies related to various aspects of sustainable energy and materials with emphasis on carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS). Our research aims include the development of a new circular carbon economy based on renewable energy, which will provide paradigm shift in the way we harvest, utilize and store energy and materials for sustainable future. We also frame our efforts in a larger context by coupling scientific and engineering research with policy and economics as well as public outreach and education.

For more information about our current research, please explore research areas.