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UC Riverside research team fuels the hemp revolution

For many years, a federal ban on growing hemp, a nonpsychoactive type of cannabis, dimmed the promise it holds for sustainable construction materials, textiles, and many other products. While the 2018 Agricultural Act legalized industrial hemp, methods for processing hemp stalks are stuck in the past. Pulping, the process of extracting valuable cellulose fibers from...

U.S. EPA Awards over $780,000 to CE-CERT to Advance Research Related to Air Quality

News Release from Region 9 “LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant of $784,743 to the University of California Riverside to advance research in understanding sources of air pollution from less studied sources such as wildland fires. “California’s universities have well-earned reputations as leaders in...

UC Riverside partners with City of Riverside on Eastside revitalization project

AUTHOR:HOLLY OBER July 15, 2020 The UC Riverside Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology, or CE-CERT, has received $1.1 million to help revitalize the Eastside neighborhood, one of Riverside’s oldest and largest residential neighborhoods. The funding is part of a $31.2 million Transformative Climate Communities and Affordable Housing...

CE-CERT awarded funding to conduct an “Immediate-Need Data Collection Project” related to COVID-19 and transportation

Southern California region has among the worst congestion and air quality problems in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a significant reduction in economic and social activities locally and consequent changes in roadway traffic. These changes are impacting mobility, air pollution levels, and the environment in a variety of ways. To date, preliminary...

CE-CERT begins collaborative air quality research project in response to recent stay-at-home-order

A number of recent popular media and peer-reviewed journal articles have reported a decrease in pollutant concentrations, particularly nitrogen dioxide (NO2) as observed by satellites, due to shelter-in-place orders in countries such as China, Italy, and the UK. The current expectation is that similar trends will be observed in the US, as a decrease in...

2020-2021 National Center for Sustainable Transportation Awardees

CE-CERT is honored to announce the 2020-2021 awardees of National Center for Sustainable Transportation Fellowship and Dissertation awards. Four graduate students were awarded $20,000 each, to support their research in sustainable transportation. The National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) provides national leadership in advancing environmentally sustainable transportation through cutting-edge research, direct policy engagement, and education...

Congratulation to CE-CERT's 2020 Graduates

We would like to congratulate the Center for Environmental Research and Technology's 2020 undergraduate and graduate students on this major milestone. We especially celebrate these students for their resilience and dedication during a uniquely challenging time in history. Remember, this is not the end but only the beginning. Best of luck to our CE-CERT 2020...

UC Riverside engineers receive award from Society of Automotive Engineers

AUTHOR:HOLLY OBER May 28, 2020 A group of UC Riverside faculty and student automobile engineers from UC Riverside won an Environmental Excellence in Transportation Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers International. Established in 2000, this award showcases the work of individuals and teams who through their ingenuity and dedication have made significant innovations in...

How to create a paradigm shift in vehicle emission regulation

AUTHOR: HOLLY OBER May 21, 2020 UC Riverside’s Center for Environmental Research and Technology, or CE-CERT, has launched the Onboard Sensing, Analysis and Reporting, or OSAR, Consortium. Experts from academia, industry, and government agencies will come together under the OSAR Consortium’s banner to investigate the feasibility and efficacy of in-use emission regulations premised on reliable...

CE-CERT Launches Onboard Sensing, Analysis, and Reporting (OSAR) Consortia

UC Riverside, Marlan and Rosemary College of Engineering - Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) has launched the Onboard Sensing, Analysis and Reporting (OSAR) Consortium. In partnership with academia, industry and government agencies, the OSAR Consortium program of research will investigate the feasibility and efficacy of in-use emission regulations premised on reliable on-board continuous...

CE-CERT announces membership with CalTestBed

CE-CERT is a proud member of the CalTestBed Program, testing a variety of new energy technologies such as Electric, Connected and Automated Vehicle testing, Sustainable Grid Initiative, Vehicle to Grid testing, and more. This membership provides access to diverse California communities and partnerships within the California Energy Commission's Innovation Ecosystem. CalTestBed offers a wide collection...

SAE International has awarded CE-CERT researchers the Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronic Engineering Award.

SAE International has awarded CE-CERT researchers Dr. Ziran Wang, Dr. Kanok Boriboonsomsin, and Dr. Matthew Barth the Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronic Engineering Award. Established in 1976, this award annually recognizes the authors of the best paper relating to automotive electronics engineering. Wang, the lead author of the paper “Cooperative Ramp Merging System: Agent-Based Modeling and...

The shutdown brought bluer skies but more nighttime ozone to the Inland Empire

Since social distancing measures to prevent COVID-19 have emptied freeways, businesses and beaches, Southern Californians have been treated to dazzling blue skies and the fluffiest, whitest clouds imaginable. The reason? Staying at home reduces emissions of nitrogen oxides, or NOx, which reduces air pollution. One UC Riverside air quality researcher thinks that’s both good news...

CE-CERT 2020-2021 Scholarship Awardees

CE-CERT is proud to announce the recipients of the 2020-2021 Scholarship Awards. Nine students were awarded a total of $32,000 in recognition of their commitment to academic and research excellence. We would like to congratulate them on their hard work, and to thank our generous donors who made these awards possible. Graduate Awardees Khanh Do...

UCR CE-CERT Joins Volvo and other Partners for a Comprehensive Evaluation of its Class 8 Battery-Electric Trucks

The Volvo Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions (LIGHTS) project is a collaboration between 15 public and private partners, including CE-CERT, to demonstrate the viability of all-electric freight transportation in high-density traffic and urban areas. This project is comprehensive in the sense that it highlights innovative and takes a holistic approach to ensuring commercial reediness...

A lasting legacy: UCR’s Center for Environmental Research and Technology establishes new energy innovation scholarship

Life-long energy innovation leader Neal Richter’s legacy will live on through the G. Neal Richter Energy Innovation Scholarship. The scholarship established at the College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) at UC Riverside will provide financial assistance to undergraduate or graduate students studying alternative energies at CE-CERT. Dr. Richter spent his life...

Hot in 2020: Riverside’s startup scene

Author: Holly Ober January 28, 2020 With the recent naming of Riverside as a top 50 Surge City, evidence is building that the city fills an important niche in the region’s startup ecosystem — and that niche is sustainable technology. The Inc. magazine ranking is one of several accolades for entrepreneurship Riverside has received recently...

CE-CERT Takes Eco-Driving Simulator to CES

Author: Holly Ober January 22, 2020 Driver assistance technology developed at UC Riverside that saves gas and reduces vehicle emissions took a road trip to the world’s most influential technology trade show in Las Vegas this January. Attendees at the Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, got to try out cooperative merging technology created at the...

CE-CERT Student Competition Team Create Sustainable Building Materials from Hemp

In early 2019, UCR’s Chemical Engineering undergraduate students, Albert Fernandez, Zachary Lyons, and Matthew Marquis and graduate student, Priyanka Singh were awarded a $5,000 grant from non-profit organization VentureWell to support newly formed InnovaCan, a for-profit technology spin-off from UCR. Leading this team was UCR Adjunct Professor and Assistant Research Engineer at CE-CERT, Dr. Charles...

CE-CERT to host GEMS day

CECERT hosted the GEMS (Girls in Engineering Math and Science) conference on October 3, 2019, for 35 9th and 10th grade girls from across the Inland Southern California region. Leading the conference was Professor Sunni Ivey and 3 female grad students, Sahar Ghadimi, Priya Sengupta, and Xinyue Kan from UCR CE-CERT. The day’s objectives were...

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Supercomputing improves biomass fuel conversion
Researchers combine supercomputing with nano-imaging to reveal how to efficiently break down plant biomass and transform it into transportation fuels
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Steering into the future of connected and automated vehicles
More than 1 billion motor vehicles travel roadways worldwide and that number is expected to double within one or two decades.  The rise in automobiles and trucks have led to increased social, economic, and safety issues, such as the more than 30,000 deaths from car related accidents on US highways every year, according to a US Department of Transportation (DOT)
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UC Riverside reaffirms MOU with EPA
A number of environmentally focused activities with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be continuing, thanks to the renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between EPA’s Region 9 and the University of California, Riverside.
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Renewable natural gas can help California meet climate goals
UC Riverside study finds California can replace up to 5 percent of its natural gas supply using existing raw materials and infrastructure, recommends new state standard
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Natural gas engine can reduce smog from heavy-duty trucks
Simulated on-road testing shows the engine maintains near-zero emissions during all duty cycles
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