Energy Research


LSU energy researchers provide the highest practical and theoretical partnership opportunities for industry in a variety of disciplines. These experts are harnessing their powers to provide solutions for the energy industry along the Gulf Coast and beyond.


E.J. Ourso College of Business Dean Richard White wants students to know why a bottle of water costs more than a bottle of gasoline. White began writing a new strategic plan for the college when he became dean last April. One of the plan’s top priorities is an “energized business” initiative.


Clean Energy

Jerry Spivey, director of the LSU Center for Atomic Level Catalyst Design aims to develop advanced research tools—especially catalysts—that can more efficiently convert resources into clean energy and higher-value products. The research and discoveries in his lab and at the LSU synchrotron facility, the Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices, or CAMD, could unlock a myriad of opportunities for natural gas.

Alternative Energy

At the LSU AgCenter Sugarcane Research Center, John Russin, vice chancellor of the LSU AgCenter, oversees researchers developing new processes in biofuels from Energy Cane (high-fiber sugarcane) and sweet sorghum, using existing Louisiana sugarcane factory infrastructure. Currently, these factories operate only three months out of the year, so biofuel could keep them open longer by giving growers and processors opportunities for additional high-value products.

With a $17 million grant from the USDA, the LSU AgCenter and its public and private partners are developing strategies for the production, harvest, processing, and transportation logistics of biofuels in the southern U.S. The Sustainable Bioproducts Initiative is a five-year project.


Energy Law

LSU Mineral Law Institute Director Keith Hall offers his expertise in chemical engineering and energy law to train the next generation of lawyers and leaders of the energy sector. The Mineral Law Institute, part of the John P. Laborde Energy Law Center, also hosts one of the oldest mineral law seminars in the country, annually drawing about 375 lawyers, landmen, and energy industry executives to LSU to learn more about cutting-edge solutions for today’s energy issues.