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Jonathan Mathews

Jonathan P. Mathews

Office Address: 
126 Hosler Building
Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering
Undergraduate Program Chair of Energy Engineering
PDF icon Curriculum Vitae (380.51 KB)
  • CO2 sequestration in coal
  • Molecular modeling of coal/char
  • Coal to liquids research
  • Structural representation of complex behavior
Courses Taught: 
  • EGEE 411W Energy Science and Engineering Laboratory
  • EGEE 101 Energy and The Environment
  • CAUSE class (EMSc 470W)
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering


Dr. Jonathan Mathews is a coal scientist and an ACS fellow. His research interests address the relationship between coal structure and behavior spanning all ranks and nearly all aspects of coal use. He is well known for the creation and use of atomistic representations of coal and char but also employs advanced analytical techniques to inform and constrain the models. It is capturing the structural diversity, in a meaningful way, that has aided improving the rationalization of behavior. He is active in coalbed methane research along with CO2 sequestraion in coal. These investigations make use of image analysis and modeling for cleat structure and diversity, X-ray Computed Tomagraphy, and atomistic representations. He is also acitive in coal pyrolysis, coal combustion, oxy-fuel combustion, coal gasification, and coal liquefaction. He has extensive domestic (universities and National Labs) and international collaborations (China, England, South Africa, and Australia).