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The Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (ISEE) was established in 2004. Originally focused on coal and air quality research stemming from the Russ College’s Ohio Coal Research Center and Center for Air Quality, ISEE has transformed into a dynamic, multi-disciplinary research institution supporting the needs of industry, federal and state government, and academic clients.

Under Dr. Trembly’s direction, ISEE has extended its leadership into new research areas including sustainable shale development, wastewater treatment, nutrient recovery, and composite materials, while continuing traditional research areas of solid oxide fuel cell development, coal utilization, algae utilization, and biofuels. Research takes places in an on-campus, 14,000 square-foot research and development facility featuring both fundamental and applied experimental/modeling capabilities.