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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!



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    Testimony

    "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.



    Presentations and Infographics

    • Read: Advanced recycling can deliver on climate goals
      Advanced recycling can deliver on climate goals

      Rachel A. Meidl

      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

    • Read: Chinese Firms Position for an Energy Transition Copper Supercycle
      Chinese Firms Position for an Energy Transition Copper Supercycle

      Gabriel Collins, Michelle Michot Foss and Steven W. Lewis

      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.

    • Read: Recommendations for Realizing the Full Potential of Nanotechnology and Carbon Nanotubes as the Energy Sector Transitions
      Recommendations for Realizing the Full Potential of Nanotechnology and Carbon Nanotubes as the Energy Sector Transitions

      Rachel A. Meidl

      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.

    • Read: Waste Management and the Energy Transition
      Waste Management and the Energy Transition

      Rachel A. Meidl

      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.

    • Read: The Future of Plastics Sustainability: Advanced Recycling
      The Future of Plastics Sustainability: Advanced Recycling

      Rachel A. Meidl

      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.

    • Read: The “criticality” of minerals for energy transitions. Hydrocarbons? Yes, hydrocarbons.
      The “criticality” of minerals for energy transitions. Hydrocarbons? Yes, hydrocarbons.

      Michelle Michot Foss

      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.

    • Read: Minerals and Materials for Energy: We Need to Change Thinking
      Minerals and Materials for Energy: We Need to Change Thinking

      Michelle Michot Foss

      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.

    • Read: Electric Vehicles: A Small Window for Safety and Stability, A Large Arena for Research
      Electric Vehicles: A Small Window for Safety and Stability, A Large Arena for Research

      Rachel A. Meidl

      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.

    • Read: Time to Update America's Energy Security Programs
      Time to Update America's Energy Security Programs

      Kenneth B. Medlock III and Mark Finley

      January 14, 2021

      This brief assesses the strategic and economic challenges of energy security amid a transition to a lower-carbon energy future.

    • Read: Framing Energy and Minerals for Future Pathways
      Framing Energy and Minerals for Future Pathways

      Michelle Michot Foss

      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.

    • Read: Refreshing Global Energy Security Policy and Infrastructure for the Energy Transition
      Refreshing Global Energy Security Policy and Infrastructure for the Energy Transition

      Kenneth B. Medlock III and Mark Finley

      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

    • Read: Steel, Hydrogen and Renewables
      Steel, Hydrogen and Renewables

      Kenneth B. Medlock III

      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

    • Read: Measuring the True Cost of Sustainability: A Case Study in a Green Energy Approach
      Measuring the True Cost of Sustainability: A Case Study in a Green Energy Approach

      Rachel A. Meidl

      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

    • Read: Economic Statecraft: Options for Reducing U.S. Overdependence on Chinese-supplied Materials and Medications
      Economic Statecraft: Options for Reducing U.S. Overdependence on Chinese-supplied Materials and Medications

      Gabriel Collins

      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.

    • Read: Ford vs. Tesla: Scale Matters
      Ford vs. Tesla: Scale Matters

      Gabriel Collins

      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.

    • Read: China's Rare Earth Dominance: How Usable a Weapon?
      China's Rare Earth Dominance: How Usable a Weapon?

      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.

    • Read: CES Focus on Energy & Minerals
      CES Focus on Energy & Minerals

      Michelle Michot Foss

      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.

    • Read: Cost of Replacing Fossil Fuels
      Cost of Replacing Fossil Fuels

      Peter Hartley

      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.

    • Read: Asian Spot Prices for LNG and Other Energy Commodities
      Asian Spot Prices for LNG and Other Energy Commodities

      Peter Hartley

      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.

    • Read: The Mining Boom in Latin America: Rents, Development and Democracy
      The Mining Boom in Latin America: Rents, Development and Democracy

      Francisco J. Monaldi

      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.