Earth, Energy and Environment Center

An architect's drawing imagines one possible look for the Earth, Energy and Environment Center.

 

This fund - The Lindley Hall Expansion Fund -- is supporting construction of the new Earth, Energy and Environment Center. This state-of-the-art complex will attach to Lindley Hall and transform KU’s opportunities for impact. The multidisciplinary facility will house faculty, staff, and students from multiple fields, including geology, nanoscience, physics, chemistry, and chemical and petroleum engineering. 

Here we will:

  • Advance industry-relevant research and speed technology transfer;
  • Fully integrate geology, petroleum engineering, exploration and environmental science, field and laboratory and analytic experience and scientific research and field applications.
  • Train the next generation of innovative, ethical industry leaders;
  • Achieve a dynamic interface between the university and practitioners.

Expanded labs will:

  • Double our capacity for stable isotope analysis;
  • Dramatically speed experimental work on dolomite diagenesis;
  • Accelerate and expand the Tertiary Oil Recovery Program's ability to partner with industry;
  • More than triple existing computing power for stratigraphy, GIS, LiDAR, reservoir characterization and analysis.

New labs will include:

  • Experimental lab for remediating groundwater contaminated with organic compounds;
  • Compound specific isotope lab for determination of origin of individual particles of organic matter;
  • Raman microprobe lab for in situ characterization of kerogen;
  • Radiometric isotope geochemistry lab for geothermal energy research, tectonics, and provenance studies;
  • PVT: allows fluid/rock interaction research at high pressure and temperature and geochemical sampling;
  • 3D visualization: enables high-resolution techniques (CT, gamma, GPR) to image fluid flow through fractured media;
  • Core scanning: enables calibration of well logs to core;
  • Paleoclimate: research on human adaptations to rapid climate change;
  • Clastic sedimentology and stratigraphy research lab;
  • Rock mechanics/hydraulic fracturing or petrophysics for new faculty member; and
  • Drilling mud formulation and fluid displacement.

Among other facilities, the center will include an Industry Outreach and Technology Transfer Conference Center with a 150-seat auditorium, a 30-seat mediated synchronous conference room/collaboration lab, a 10-work-station hospitality suite for industry visitors and a business center.

To learn more about how to support the new center, contact:

Nancy Jackson, Senior Development Director & Team Leader for CLAS
njackson@kuendowment.org
785-832-7357

or

Jenna Goodman, Senior Development Director
jgoodman@kuendowment.org
785-832-7417

or

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