Research Topics

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

The Ratner Research Group conducts research in the areas of droplet combustion, droplet splashing, combustion instability, settling characteristics of nanofluid/nanofuel, biomass combustion, and medical devices. The research 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

Title/Position
Faculty Affiliate, Iowa Technology Institute;
Director, Ratner Research Group;
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Albert Ratner is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Ratner Research Group.

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Al Ratner teaching a class

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

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

  (319) 384-0883

  albert-ratner@uiowa.edu

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