Emission Control Challenges for Advanced Combustion Approaches


Dr. Parks leads the Emissions and Catalysis Research Group at the National Transportation Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He received his B.S. in Physics from North Carolina State University in 1989 and his Ph. D. in Physics from the University of Tennessee in 1995. During his dissertation, Dr. Parks’ research focus areas were photon scanning tunneling microscopy in the ultraviolet and soft x-ray regions and novel photonics-type applications for materials analysis. Prior to joining Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Dr. Parks worked in the private sector at EmeraChem LLC, a small technology company specializing in lean NOx trap catalyst research and development and catalyst commercialization and production for power generation and automotive applications. His current research interests are emission control for lean burn and advanced combustion engines, advanced spectroscopic technique development for transportation related research, and novel applications of nanophase materials. Accomplishments from Dr. Parks’ unique combination of advanced analytical techniques and transportation technologies have been recognized by a 2011 Excellence in Technology Transfer Award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium and a 2013 R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine. Dr. Parks has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals. He is currently a member of the American Physical Society and the Society of Automotive Engineers, and he serves as a member of the catalyst sub-team of the US DRIVE Advanced Combustion and Emission Control Technology Team.