Research

Research interests:

    • Smart Air Quality Control in Buildings: Development of data-driven optimized ventilation control strategies in homes and commercial buildings; low-cost air quality sensors for integration into smart building control systems; investigations into use of ventilation for load shifting in commercial buildings; 
    • Sorbent-based dehumidification, air conditioning and passive air cleaning. Membrane based 100% solar air conditioning; use of Lithium Chloride liquid desiccants for humidity and gas-phase pollutant control in greenhouses; use of dehumidification sorbents for simultaneous gas-phase air cleaning
    • Demand Response/Peak Shaving/Load Shifting: Measuring, modeling and predicting peak shaving in campus buildings; Use of ventilation modulation for peak shaving/load smoothing;

Projects:

1.  ASHRAE 1756-RP Evaluation of particle sensors for indoor air quality monitoring and smart building
systems, funded by ASHRAE, co-PI with Andy May, Ohio State

2.  ASHRAE 1823-RP Improved Exhaust-to-Intake Dilution (Concentration) Calculations, funded by ASHRAE, PI

3.  Collaborative Development of 100% Solar-Driven Adsorption Air Conditioner, funded by OSU Connect and Collaborate Grants Program, PI with Casey Wade and W.S. Winston Ho, Ohio State; and Daikin North America LLC

4. Liquid desiccant humidity control solutions for indoor agricultural facilities, funded by SEEDS: The CFAES Research Competitive Grants Program, PI with Peter Ling, Ohio State; and Agam Greenhouse Energy Systems, Ltd.

5.  Sustainability of Controlled Environment Plant Production – Energy, Environment & Employment, co-PI with Peter Ling (PI), funded by USDA-NIFA.

6. Modeling and prediction of peak power demand reduction in campus buildings with Engie/OSEP, internally funded.