Welcome to the Savage Research Group!
Research in the Savage Lab focuses on the elucidation of the kinetics and mechanisms of chemical transformations in hot compressed water. Water at high temperatures and pressures displays interesting properties, such as an increased ion product and decreased dielectric constant, density, and viscosity, which can favorably influence a variety of chemical transformations. We seek to better understand these complicated reaction pathways using both model compounds and complex biomass feedstocks to promote the advancement of renewable energy technologies.
Currently, the Savage Lab has several on-going research projects related to biomass carbonization, liquefaction, and gasification. Please see the list of Projects to learn more and get in contact with the graduate student leading each project for more information.