˘xCenter for Environmental and Energy Research˘x
Center for Environmental and Energy Research

Since the Industrial Revolution, human society has undergone unprecedented changes, witnessing substantial advancement in such areas as engineering, industry, science and technology, medical care, transportation, and communication. However, with economical development, mankind has used up tremendous resources and energy in their struggle for survival and their drive to improve the quality of life, operating as if natural resources were unlimited.
The environmental impact has been profound. At present, we are facing an energy shortage, global warming due to green house effect, acid rain deposition, diminished water and land resources and species extinction.? Mankind has to deal with a major challenge as it pursues its further advancement and survival; the most important issues are all related to environment and energy. For Taiwan, we recognize that these challenges are even more severe.

Taiwan lacks energy resources and highly depends on import, so it is a top priority to develop clean, sustainable, and independent energy and achieve the balance among energy security, environmental protection, and industrial competitiveness, and reduce CO2 emissions through strategies. To continuously monitor the environment, establishing the hazard mitigation early warning system, developing the assessment capability for environment, energy and industrial economy for government and decision maker, studying the environmental health and safety issues and the establishment of a new environmental ethics are among the important topics that need to be addressed. These studies are crucial for us to pursue the vision of sustainable development, namely, the vision of a ˇ§Sustainable Taiwanˇ¨.

With this background, UST establishes ˇ§Center for Environmental and Energy Research (CEER)ˇ¨. Environmental and energy-related topics will be the major focus.
The goal of CEER is not only to pursue the academic excellence in the science and technology research and liberal art education related to environment and energy issues, but also to develop the capability to perform the strategic assessment of the environment and energy policy that eventually will be instrumental in improving the quality of life for the people of Taiwan.

We intend to integrate the faculty members and resources and improve the infrastructure in the field of CEER from UST (namely from NCU, NCTU, NTHU and NYMU) and assemble a large research team to raise our research capability to international level.

Four topics are proposed as the major research issues addressed by CEER: (i) Environmental Science and Technology, (ii) Energy Science and Technology, (iii) Environmental Monitoring, Simulation and Hazards Mitigation, and (iv) Sustainable Development Strategy.

Administration and Committees
The CEER is composed of a Management Office, Steering Committee, Advisory Committee, Research Programs, Education Programs and International Collaborations. It is clear that for a research center to be successful it needs to have a high concentration of good scientists with diverse approaches in close proximity. In the start up stage of the Center, a management office will work closely with the Steering Committee and Advisory Committee for setting the direction of the Center. The UST system will select NCU to house the CEER and establish branch offices among other three campuses within the UST.
Research Themes
CEER research programs will be based on the current research activities in (i) Environmental Science and Technology, (ii) Energy Science and Technology, (iii) Environmental Monitoring, Simulation and Hazards Mitigation, and (iv) Sustainable Development Strategy. Brief discussions of those four basic areas are as follows:

(1) Study on pollution derived from energy use, biological effect of low-dose ionizing radiation, health effect of acid aerosol and development of control technique to acid aerosol, and water research and treatment.

(2) Thin film solar cell, III-V material solar cell, dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC), proton exchange membrane fuel cells, LED lighting technology, micro fuel cellˇBnuclear power, CO2 capture and storage, clean energy, nano-metal catalysts, advanced hydrogen Energy, and materials for Lithium Ion batteries.

(3) Environmental monitoring, simulation and hazards mitigation, which contains the atmospheric environment, geospace environment, land and coastal zone monitoring, and simulation, engineering environment monitoring and development of warning technology for hazard mitigation.

(4) Sustainable development strategy includes the analysis of demands and allocative efficiency of resources by sectors, development of integrated model for natural resources, economy and environmental, study of the environmental health and safety related scientific and policy oriented issues, and reexamination of the environmental ethics.

Education Programs  
Education is an important responsibility for our Center. By integrating the teaching resources from four top universities, we can provide a breadth of training in CEER that is capable of competing with the best of the world. Together, we have the personnel (over 100 faculty members actively involved in research in this field) and the motivation to put forward a comprehensive curriculum in CEER.

Students from research universities throughout Taiwan and staff from Taiwanˇ¦s high-tech industries or relevant governmental officials are eligible to attend workshops and lectures related to environment and energy topics held by CEER. Graduate students in UST will be able to select research subjects jointly supervised by professors in different disciplines from any combination of the four campuses. Flexibility and opportunity will be emphasized in this education program.

Collaboration with Other Institutions  
The Center will share facilities and human resources with related research centers and research laboratories that exist in the UST. This includes the Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research, Center for Environmental Studies, Experimental Center of Civil Engineering, Center for Science, Technology and Society, Research Center for Taiwan Economical Development, Natural Hazard Mitigation Research Center, Energy Technology and Management Research Center, Nuclear Science and Technology Development Center, Engineering and Material Sciences Center, and also the USTˇ¦s Center for Nano-Science and Technology.

The CEER will also work closely with ITRI, which has a strong industrial research for the environmental and energy related technology, and with Academia Sinica, which is the foremost institution for basic research on the island. NCU operates a joint center in environmental technology and nano-catalyst technology with ITRI, and Academia Sinica cooperates with the four campuses of UST on a wide variety of environmental and energy related research problems. Apart from ITRI and Academia Sinica, several nearby national research institutions will also be our partners in the research and development of the CEER technology.

The CEER will also seek collaborative opportunities with leading research Institutes worldwide.? All four members of this university system have their own International Affairs Office, which have signed agreements with many foreign universities and research institutes. Based upon the existing partnership established by the research programs within the UST campus, the Center will further strengthen and promote exchange program involving students, visiting scholars, and industrial and governmental collaborators. The collaborations will take the forms of cooperative research programs, information sharing, and resource sharing. With the establishment of CEER, consolidated efforts for the collaborations will give the programs more focus.