Mining and Mineral Resources Engineering
The research activities of the faculty in the Department of Mining and Mineral Resources Engineering ensure that students are taught current, state-of-the-art mining engineering, science, and design. The current research focuses on:
- development of coal gasification and fluidized-bed combustion technologies specifically for mine-mouth applications
- carbon dioxide sequestration in coal seams
- development of advanced fine coal cleaning and dewatering circuits for their near-term application in the coal mines of the Midwestern states
- utilization of coal combustion by-products (CCB)
Research is funded by state and federal agencies including the Illinois Clean Coal Institute, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.