A sample of research by Baker Institute fellows and other Rice University experts that directly or indirectly relates to EMM work follows. Our program's research portfolios and output are constantly growing and changing. Follow our experts to keep up with new releases and contributions!
"Minerals & Materials Supply Chains – Considerations for Decarbonizing Transportation," Michelle Michot Foss, Ph.D., before the U.S. House of Representatives, House Subcommittee on Energy on the CLEAN Future Act, Hearing on "The Clean Future Act: Driving Decarbonization of the Transportation Sector," May 5, 2021. Michot Foss' remarks start at the 53:09 mark. Her written statement is available here.
“Critical Minerals Considerations for Energy Transitions,” Michelle Michot Foss, Ph.D., before the U.S. House of Representatives, House Committee on Energy & Commerce, Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, Hearing on “Building a 100 Percent Clean Economy: Opportunities for an Equitable, Low-Carbon Recovery,” Sept. 16, 2020.
April 19, 2021
Advanced recycling of plastics can help the U.S. achieve sustainability goals and a climate-neutral, circular economy. Energy fellow Rachel A. Meidl explains how on the Baker Institute Blog: https://bit.ly/2P80lV6
April 05, 2021
If China’s dominance of rare earth element supplies is the global energy transition’s “elephant in the room,” then copper is the 800-pound gorilla, write the authors in a new post for the Baker Institute Blog that explores how the copper acquisition dilemma could hinder green energy ambitions and constitute the driving force behind a copper supercycle.
February 24, 2021
Carbon nanotubes are critical components for future decarbonization strategies and a clean energy revolution. If the U.S. is to reestablish climate leadership, advanced nanotechnology solutions must be a national priority, argues the author.
February 19, 2021
Integrating a life-cycle dimension into future policies to assess the social, environmental and economic implications of various products across their life cycle and throughout their value chain is critical to achieving sustainability and a circular economy, writes Rachel A. Meidl, fellow in energy and environment.
February 15, 2021
Energy fellow Rachel A. Meidl writes that it is imperative to consider and assess innovative recycling technologies that could have enormous economic value in transforming waste plastics into the building blocks for new, higher-value products.
February 08, 2021
In a post for the Baker Institute Blog, energy fellow Michelle Michot Foss explains why hydrocarbons are critical minerals for the energy transition and decarbonization efforts.
January 22, 2021
As a nation, we need to immediately focus on the availability of advanced materials that can drive the performance of both legacy and alternative energy fuels and systems and ensure sustainable footprints. This brief lays out why it is vital to do so.
January 21, 2021
Although on the surface electric vehicles have lower safety risks than cars with internal combustion engines, the introduction of lithium ion batteries into the equation presents unresearched and unquantified hazards and consequences. This is why continued examination and incident analyses are important, writes energy fellow Rachel A. Meidl for the Baker Institute Blog.
January 14, 2021
This brief assesses the strategic and economic challenges of energy security amid a transition to a lower-carbon energy future.
October 08, 2020
The challenges associated with nonfuel mineral-based energy transitions are among the topics covered in this brief for T20 Saudi Arabia 2020.
October 06, 2020
The authors propose three ways to advance energy security as the sector transitions to lower-carbon energy systems: https://t20saudiarabia.github.io/PolicyBriefs/T20_TF10_PB3.pdf
May 15, 2020
Iron and steel production are necessary for modern infrastructure, and the sector is both energy intensive and difficult to decarbonize. The authors explore new, evolving processes that could change this and potentially provide both environmental and economic benefits. Baker Institute Blog: https://bit.ly/2WYktsC
April 28, 2020
The authors present a case study that considers the technological merits of methane pyrolysis while also addressing real-world implications including health and safety risks and commercial risks for introducing new carbon supply chains. This issue brief is a preliminary paper introducing forthcoming research that will be expounded upon in future publications. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25613/7tvg-6k39
April 23, 2020
This policy report explains how specific tools of economic statecraft can be applied to reduce risks caused by dependence on People’s Republic of China-dominated supply chains for critical goods. It offers foundational building blocks for the formulation and implementation of a larger strategy to reduce American vulnerabilities to China.
February 14, 2020
Comparing Tesla's market penetration to incumbent automakers raises questions about scale for both Tesla and the electric vehicle sector at large, writes energy fellow Gabriel Collins.
June 12, 2019
As Washington and Beijing brace for a protracted trade war, the authors examine the potential for China to use its dominance in rare earth minerals to strike back at the U.S.
April 24, 2019
A new Center for Energy Studies initiative improves understanding of minerals resource development, opportunities and constraints, and their effect on energy markets and geopolitics.
October 26, 2017
Texas' ERCOT ISO is used as a model for examining the costs of replacing fossil fuels by wind generation and storage, and for comparing wind power with generation based on nuclear and storage.
November 03, 2015
This research paper investigates the relationship between the Japan-Korea Marker (JKM) price of LNG, the price of Brent oil, and spot prices of fuel oil and thermal coal imported into Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan.
January 01, 2014
Latin America has witnessed an unprecedented natural resource boom in the last decade. However, the macroeconomic and social achievements cannot hide the significant challenges and some negative effects of the mining boom, including the so-called resource curse.
David A. Gantz
May 18 2022 | Center for the U.S. and Mexico
May 17 2022 | Foreign Policy