Narrow-band semiconductors, water-purification methods, thermodynamic modeling – fueled by Stony Brook University’s uniquely strong faculty, the Center for Integrated Electric Energy Systems (CIEES) is expanding its vision and advancing new technologies at the innovative nexus of food, energy and water systems.
Backed by 30 years of research, SBU electrical engineers have advanced the science of narrow-band semiconductors – ideal for close-up detection duty in gas lines and chemical plants – and semiconducting lasers that can detect methane and other gas at a distance. The CIEES funded graduate students evaluating this powerful, low-cost tech.
Energy-efficient water filtration is being leveraged in projects with multiple private companies, directly addressing a concern on Long Island, where nitrogen runoff causes ecological harm. Dr. Benjamin Hsiao, CIEES director and a distinguished professor in SBU’s Department of Chemistry, has led efforts to develop novel water-purification solutions using renewable materials. 

And a recent development connects the School of Marine Science with IBM’s Yorktown research center, where the IT giant has been developing new sensors for large data-collecting networks. Add the Marine Science team’s in-development, real-time sensors for monitoring the quality of New York waterways, and the collaboration shows real promise.