Research Topics

  • Advanced materials
  • Biodevices
  • Energy generation and storage
  • Engines and fuels
  • Nanotechnology

The Ratner Research Group conducts research in droplet combustion, droplet splashing, combustion instability, settling characteristics of nanofluid/nanofuel, biomass combustion, and medical devices. The team contributes to optimizing the efficiency of fuel combustion in terms of cost, emissions, consumer safety, and transportation safety. The lab focuses on process and performance analysis, as well as the optimization of biomass as a renewable energy source.


Research Team

Albert Ratner

Albert Ratner, PhD

Director, Ratner Research Group
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering


Al Ratner teaching a class

Student scientists find 'sweet spot' of research opportunities at University of Iowa

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
University of Iowa Technology Institute
Access to lab space and equipment, freedom to research diverse topics, and faculty mentorship gave former University of Iowa student scientists from the Ratner Research Group a leg up as they’ve taken opportunities across the country. At Iowa, research students find a “sweet spot" of opportunities between large and small programs.
Albert Ratner

Albert Ratner

Director, Ratner Research Group

Professor of mechanical engineering

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