An assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Ruilan Guo joined the University in 2012. Her research focuses on the design, synthesis, and characterization of functional polymer materials; polymer and polymer-based membrane gas separations; and polyelectrolyte membrane fuel cells. One of her most recent projects, which is part of her work as a 2013 Department of Energy Early Career Research Program grant, is providing new perspectives in gas separations for energy and environmental applications (such as removing CO2 from natural gas before it can used in a pipeline). She is also developing new polymer electrolyte membranes for electrochemical energy devices, such as fuel cells that provide a clean form of energy. In short, by looking at existing challenges in new ways, Guo is working to create solutions for a sustainable energy future.