University of California, Riverside

Center for Environmental Research & Technology

Welcome from the Director

Matthew Barth

The aggressive pursuit of cutting edge research and the expansion of our partnerships, both domestic and abroad, are key elements of CE-CERT’s continued growth and our expanding impact on real-world environmental solutions.
This past year, our efforts with the US Department of Energy (USDOE) and the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) focused on developing and optimizing intelligent transportation strategies, such as eco-driving and vehicle-to-grid charging. Our international efforts on marine engines have resulted in new laboratories that are measuring the impact of diesel and alternative fuels used throughout the world. Within the state, we are teaming with other UC campuses to discover how our applied research can become a substantial component in supporting the University of California’s quest for achieving net zero by 2025. As a partner in the $25 million a year USDOE funded BioEnergy Science Center (BESC), UCR has advanced a potentially game changing technology called Co-solvent Enhanced Lignocellulosic Fractionation (CELF) for overcoming the recalcitrance of cellulosic biomass as the major barrier to low cost biological conversion into liquid transportation fuels.

A game changing collaboration opportunity has recently unfolded with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) decision to relocate their Southern California facilities to our UCR campus. There are plans to develop an International Center for Air Pollution and Climate Change Research that would also include a world-class facility to support motor vehicle emissions standards development, implementation, and enforcement. The University of California has long been CARB’s greatest partner, and we look forward to further strengthening our relationship through this move.

Our focus with CARB and other key partners is to advance our understanding of renewable energy and fuels generation, to optimize technologies to use these energy sources, and to understand the air and health impacts of their use. Our partnerships are being developed through several mechanisms:

  • Internships: Our undergraduate and graduate students will have unique internship opportunities to work directly with CARB and other partner facilities.
  • Continuing Education: Current staff will have the opportunity to complete graduate level coursework at UCR, addressing subjects such as air quality and climate change, as a part of their life-long learning experience. Earlier this year, SCAQMD pledged a $1 million endowment to CE-CERT to support this effort.
  • Joint Research Programs: UCR, CARB and other stakeholders will work to develop joint research programs, shared knowledge bases and research equipment in a number of areas that are of mutual interest. One example is the new BREATHE Center. BREATHE (Bridging Regional Ecology and Aerosolized Toxins to understand Health Effects) aims to develop multidisciplinary research projects to study the health impacts of air quality changes, such as those resulting from chronic drought, climate change, and resulting ecological change.

The success of our innovative research is credited to our students, faculty, researchers, accomplished alumni, donors and committed staff. Together, with the vision and support of campus leaders for advancing UC’s mission of education, research and public service, we are embarking on an exciting era for CE-CERT, for our campus, for our state and beyond.



Matthew Barth
Director, CE-CERT
Professor of Electrical Engineering

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Center Information

Center for Environmental Research & Technology
1084 Columbia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92507
Directions to CERT

Tel: (951) 781-5791
Fax: (951) 781-5790

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