Sustainable Energy Laboratory

Mission Statement

The Sustainable Energy Laboratory (SEL) aims to establish first-class research programs in phase change heat transfer and sustainable/renewable energy and produce intellectual, well-trained, and creative engineering professionals through our research and education program.


Chanwoo Park is an associate professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and the director of the Two-Phase Heat Transfer/Sustainable Energy Laboratories at the University of Missouri. His research interests include multi-scale two-phase heat transfer systems, sustainable/renewable energy, energy conversion/storage and nanotechnology.

Park is the recipient of the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER award in 2014, which funds his research on the energy-based area of thin-film evaporation enhancement. His research grants as principal investigator or co-principal investigator total about $5 million, and his past appointments include the University of Nevada-Reno, Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc., and the Ford Research and Advanced Engineering Laboratory. Park received his doctoral degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; a master’s degree from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology; and a bachelor’s degree from the Hanyang University in Korea.

Prof. Park has published 32 journal papers, 45 peer-reviewed conference papers and one book chapter. He also holds 8 patents. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Missile Defense Agency, NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency, Hyundai Motor Company and other industries.

Research Areas

Phase Change (Boiling and Condensation) Heat Transfer
Energy Conversion/Storage
Thermal Management of Electronics and Rechargeable Batteries