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Fengqi You

You Group publication is selected as the March 2021 cover of ACS Journal of Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

A paper from the You Research Group titled, Dynamic energy management of a sustainable residential microcogeneration system based on a hydrogen fuel cell is applied to a stand-alone cold-climate dwelling house" was selected at the cover of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering (March 1, 2021). DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c08725. The cover art can be seen here: To read more about the You Research Group, please visit: Read more

ACS Journal

The Daniel Research Group earns the cover of ACS Infectious Disease Journal for their work on SARS-CoV-2

This work investigates the activation requirements for SARS-CoV-2 host-cell entry. SARS-CoV-2 entry is mediated by its spike (S) protein, and previous studies indicate that it has a novel S1/S2 site not before seen in SARS-like CoV that can be cleaved by furin-like proteases. Here, we show that S1/S2 cleavage expands SARS-CoV-2 entry into Calu-3 cells, a model lung cell line, but reduces SARS-CoV-2 entry into Vero E6, a model cell culture line. This S1/S2 cleavage was observed to be cleaved by proteases beyond furin and as a result of weak furin specificity, we offer thoughts on how it... Read more

Chris Alabi

Nasal spray blocks COVID-19 infection in ferrets

The project is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Porotto and Moscona labs at Columbia and the Alabi lab at Cornell, which was launched in 2015. The collaboration paired the Columbia group’s virology research with Alabi’s work in engineering multifunctional macromolecules, with the initial goal of targeting the flu virus. Read more


Cell-free biotech enables shelf-stable vaccines on demand

By: Cornell Chronicle

The project is the latest iteration of an ongoing collaboration between Matthew DeLisa, the William L. Lewis Professor in the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of the Cornell Institute of Biotechnology, and Michael Jewett, a professor of chemical and biological engineering at Northwestern University and director of Northwestern’s Center for Synthetic Biology, both co-senior authors of the paper. Read more

Dimension Energy demonstrates their reactor where carbon dioxide meets sunlight to create environmentally friendly fuel

Dimensional Energy emerges as $20M Carbon X Prize finalist

By: Cornell Chronicle

Tobias Hanrath, the Marjorie L. Hart ’50 Professor in Engineering, in the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; and David Erickson, the S.C. Thomas Sze Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, had both applied independently for grants from NEXUS-NY – a clean energy business accelerator funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Read more


Collaborating for Sustainability: Fengqi You brings the power of artificial intelligence to a wide range of environmentally minded collaborations

By: Cornell Research

“For the past several years, I have been pursuing multi-scale systems engineering,” You says. “We address problems ranging from molecular and materials design to climate change, using computing and systems technologies such as quantum computing and artificial intelligence.” He’s tracking down every missed opportunity, every point where energy leaks from a system, and finding ways to plug the hole. Read more

Engineering Aerial

Earth Heat Source, Cornell Engineering - The Future of Geothermal Energy

The heat of the earth is a vast untapped resource that could be used to heat not just homes but entire communities. Heating exceeds 20% of fossil fuel consumption across northern tiers of North America, Europe, Asia, and we need a low-carbon alternative. Shifting to electrical sources is not an efficient solution. Cornell University plans to do this through a project known as Earth Source Heat. Engineers at Cornell University are planning to utilize geothermal heat from intermediate temperature rocks (60-100°C) as a source of direct-use energy. This is a significant part of Cornell’s overall... Read more

Fengqi You

NYS can achieve 2050 carbon goals with Earth’s help

Fengqi You, the Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor in Energy Systems Engineering and a Croll Sesquicentennial Fellow in the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Ning Zhao, a doctoral student in the Process-Energy-Environmental Systems Engineering (PEESE) lab, examined a variety of carbon-neutral energy systems and decarbonization methods after the state passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) in July 2019. Read more