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Propulsion Science


Developing combustion, electric, and hybridized propulsion transportation systems


The Propulsion Science Section is focused on accelerating the development of combustion, electric, and hybridized propulsion systems to enable an efficient, clean, and low carbon transportation future. The section’s research is focused in four groups.

The Engine Technologies Research Group leads advanced engine technologies including application-specific on-road and off-road implementations such as hybridization, transient operation, and integrated energy systems.

The Combustion and Fuel Science Research Group leads combustion and fuels research from fundamental science to application.

The Applied Catalysis and Emissions Controls Research Group leads emissions control catalysts and strategies to enable near-zero emissions from high efficiency powertrains, advanced combustion engines, and alternative fuels.

The Electric Drives Research Group leverages unique facilities to lead research on motors and power electronics for electric propulsion systems including materials modeling, design, in-house prototyping and characterization.