The institute takes an integrated multidisciplinary science and technology approach towards fuels research and development. The fundamental understanding of molecular transformation would be critical for the effective conversion technology in fuel production and quality control of fuel products. Although the initial focus will be on light transportation fuels, namely, gasoline, diesel and jet fuels, heavy transportation fuels, such as bunker fuel and marine diesel, will also be within the scope of studies.
The main elements of interest of the institute at the initial stage will be the characterization (analytical chemistry), processes (engineering) and modeling (molecular, process and combustion) of fuel. The science and technology developed by the Institute will also be applicable to upstream exploration and production. Hence, there are geochemistry and petroleum engineering elements as well, but these are not part of the initial focus. Figure 1 shows the relationship of the integrated multidisciplinary fuel research and development at the Future Fuels Institute. The characterization efforts will be mainly from Florida State University and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. The Institute may subcontract with experts at other universities or research institutions to complement our current skills.