Dr. James Klausner research interests concern the fundamental physics driving fluid, thermal, and chemical, transport with a focus on contemporary engineering applications that support sustainable energy and a sustainable economy. These include, energy conversion and storage, chemical processing, thermal management, desalination, powder flow, cryogenics, circular economy, and advanced manufacturing. He has done extensive fundamental work on the dynamics of phase change phenomena, including nucleation and bubble dynamics. His current research projects involve electrical and solar energy storage, use of solar energy driven thermochemical water and CO2 splitting for synthetic fuel production, such as hydrogen and higher order hydrocarbons, using low grade waste heat and un-concentrated solar energy for low temperature desalination, automotive thermal management, and hypersonic thermal management. He has developed a number of phase-change thermal management processes that operate at unprecedented heat fluxes. He has 13 patents and copyrights that resulted from his research work.
Dr. James Klausner is an MSU Foundation Professor. He serves on the board of directors for the American Society of Thermal Fluid Engineers (2018-present) and the International Titanium Association Foundation (2016-present), and he formerly served as Chair of the ASME Heat Transfer Division (2011-2012). For three and a half years he served as a Program Director at the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). Prior to that he held the Newton C. Ebaugh Professorship in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida (1989-2015). Dr. Klausner has authored more than 150 refereed publications.