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Labbe, Nicole Jeanne Assistant Professor

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Research

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  • Dr. Labbe's research is focused on addressing critical issues with sustainable energy for transportation through the interface of chemistry and engineering. Dr. Labbe works on the development of robust chemical kinetic models using state of the art theoretical methods to accurately unravel chemistry relevant to practical energy problems. These computational models, combined with complimentary micro reactor experiments to determine the short time scale chemical steps in combustion, assist in unraveling the puzzle of how fuels operate in extreme temperature and pressure environments found in engines, turbines, and rocket thrusters. This work is further supported through her experimental efforts utilizing advanced chemical detection methods with micro reactors and low pressure flame apparatuses. This work is used to facilitate the development of new technology to increase fuel efficiency, decrease harmful emissions, and reduce dependence on non-renewable energy sources.

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  • Reaction kinetics, molecular modeling, radical chemistry, potential energy surface calculations, rate theory, master equation theory, combustion modeling, gas phase chemistry, nitrogen-containing and oxygenate fuels, alternative fuels/ fuel additives, green transportation, emissions control, kinetic modeling, engine design, rocket propellants, reactor design, chemical diagnostics

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Teaching

courses taught

  • MCEN 3012 - Thermodynamics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Explores fundamental concepts and basic theory, including first and second laws of thermodynamics, properties, states, thermodynamic functions and cycles. Same as GEEN 3852.
  • MCEN 4085 - Mechanical Engineering Design Project 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Second part of a two-course capstone design experience in mechanical engineering. Includes refinement of prototype, design optimization, fabrication, testing, and evaluation. Students orally present the final design and prepare a written report and operation manual for the product. GEEN-BS and GEEN-BSEPL students are not required to complete MCEN 4026.
  • MCEN 4152 - Introduction to Combustion
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Focuses on the mechanisms by which fuel and oxidizers are converted into combustion products. Application to practical combustion devices such as Otto, Diesel, gas turbine and power plant combustion systems. Consideration of combustion-generated air pollution, fire safety and combustion efficiency. Recommended prerequisites: MCEN 3021 and MCEN 3022. Same as MCEN 5152.
  • MCEN 5152 - Introduction to Combustion
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Focuses on the mechanisms by which fuel and oxidizers are converted into combustion products. Application to practical combustion devices such as Otto, Diesel, gas turbine and power plant combustion systems. Consideration of combustion-generated air pollution, fire safety and combustion efficiency. Same as MCEN 4152.
  • MCEN 6228 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019

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