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Laboratory for Advanced Combustion and Energy Research
LACER is dedicated to combustion research associated with production of energy and advanced materials.
Lithium-ion battery cathode material
At LACER, we develop approaches to synthesize advanced materials for electrical vehicles.
Flames in microgravity
At LACER, we conduct fundamental studies of combustion.
Spray of ethanol-water mixture using laser diagnostics
At LACER, we study combustion of renewable fuels.
A power plant with negative emission
At LACER, we develop novel approaches to reduce emissions from power plants.
Atmospheric pressure and pressurized combustors
At LACER, we have advanced large scale facilities for combustion research.

Welcome to LACER

Why Fossil Fuels

Many people ask me, why do you study fossil fuels? Aren’t they the energy of the past? Today we have solar and wind – and they are clean and renewable – so why waste your time studying dirty fossil fuels?

I wish it were so simple. But it is not. Fossil fuels have unique capabilities that no other energy source has. These capabilities are responsible for the dramatic change the world has experienced since the dawn of the industrial revolution, when we first harnessed fossil fuels.

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A Day in the Life

Our group offers an educational experience that is not that common. We have a global view on energy, and try not be get bogged down on what is popular, but rather focus on what we believe has long term impact.

We have entrepreneurial experience, having successfully commercialize technology emanating from our lab, so we begin every research project by asking the question – is there true value in this research?
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Latest Research and Articles

Experiment is being conducted onboard the International Space Station

LACER is involved in two experiments on the International Space Station. One presently being conducted.

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Wash U develops advanced carbon capture technology

Learn what Washington University is doing to develop advanced technologies for Carbon Capture and Storage.

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Axelbaum writes a column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch arguing 100% renewables is misleading

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen recently passed Resolution 124, which calls for the city to commit to…
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