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Research Theme Leaders
No single technology is likely to meet the energy challenges of the future on its own, so GCEP is focused on building a diverse portfolio of research on energy conversion options that could lead to a dramatic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. To help analyze and guide the development of this portfolio, GCEP utilizes the expertise of Research Theme Leaders, who are leading scholars in specific energy fields. These top scientists bring a broad global perspective on finding the next game-changing energy technologies.

Tapping their technical knowledge and international research networks, the Research Theme Leaders guide GCEP activities such as workshops and working groups to evaluate current areas of research. They assess the GCEP portfolio, suggest future directions for new research and provide insights into research opportunities where GCEP could have the greatest impact on a sustainable energy future.

Solar Photovoltaics: Michael McGehee
Bioenergy: Christopher Field
Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage: Thomas Jaramillo
Carbon Capture and Storage: Sally Benson

Research Theme Leaders

Michael McGehee
Solar Photovoltaics: Michael McGehee

Michael D. McGehee is the GCEP Research Theme Leader in the area of solar photovoltaics and has been a GCEP faculty committee member since 2007. As a principal investigator, he has worked on a total of seven GCEP research efforts, including two currents ones, "Novel Inorganic-organic Perovskites for Solution Processable Photovoltaics" and "Advanced Electron Transport Materials for Application in Organic Photovoltaics."

At Stanford, McGehee is a professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, the director of the Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics and a senior fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy. His research interests are patterning materials at the nanometer length scale, semiconducting polymers and solar cells.

McGehee received his undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. degree in materials science from the University of California - Santa Barbara, where he did research on polymer lasers in the lab of Nobel Laureate Alan Heeger. He won the 2007 Materials Research Society Outstanding Young Investigator Award and has been ranked by Reuters as the 11th most influential materials scientist in the world. He is a technical advisor to Next Energy, PLANT PV, Plextronics and Sinovia. His students have founded five startup companies, including four in the solar cell and one in the transparent electrode areas. > More



Chris Field
Bioenergy: Christopher Field

Christopher Field is the GCEP Research Theme Leader in the area of bioenergy and currently a GCEP principal investigator conducting research on, "The Climate-Protective Domain." He is the founding director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology and Professor of Biology and Environmental Earth System Science at Stanford, and Faculty Director of Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. Field’s research emphasizes impacts of climate change, from the molecular to the global scale. He has, for nearly two decades, led major experiments on responses of California grassland to multi-factor global change.

Field has served on many national and international committees related to global ecology and climate change. He was a coordinating lead author for the fourth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a member of the IPCC delegation that received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. In 2008, he was elected co-chair of working group 2 of the IPCC, and will lead the next assessment on climate change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability. > More

Thomas Jaramillo
Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage: Thomas Jaramillo

Thomas F. Jaramillo is the GCEP Research Theme Leader in the area of electrochemical energy conversion and storage and currently a principal investigator on the GCEP effort, "Nature-Inspired Solid-State Electrocatalysts: The Oxidation of Water and the Reduction of CO2 to Fuels." He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jaramillo earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Stanford University, followed by his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Jaramillo then conducted research in the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Denmark as a H.C. Oersted Postdoctoral Fellow. There, Jaramillo combined theoretical and experimental approaches in investigating the surface chemistry of electrocatalysts that drive energy conversion reactions, namely oxygen reduction and hydrogen evolution. Jaramillo then returned to Stanford University in 2007 to join the Chemical Engineering faculty, where he leads a group of 13 PhD students and one post-doctoral researcher working in the area of catalysis and photocatalysis, studying materials and interfaces as for emerging energy technologies. > More

Sally Benson
Carbon Capture and Storage: Sally Benson

GCEP Director Sally M. Benson is the GCEP Research Theme Leader in the area of carbon capture and storage. She is currently a principal investigator on the GCEP effort, “Multiphase Flow and Monitoring of CO2 in the Subsurface.

Prior to joining Stanford, Benson worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), serving in a number of capacities, including Division Director for Earth Sciences. Also a Professor (Research) in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering, she works on carbon dioxide capture and sequestration in deep underground geological formations. A ground water hydrologist and reservoir engineer, Benson has conducted research to address a range of issues related to energy and the environment. For the past ten years, she has studied how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by capturing carbon dioxide from power plants and pumping it into deep underground formations for permanent sequestration. Benson was a coordinating lead author on the 2005 IPCC Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Renewal Energy Laboratory and Climate Central. > More

Past GCEP Research Theme Leaders

Nate Lewis PhotoSolar Energy: Nate Lewis
Professor of Chemistry, Hub Director - Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, California Institute of Technology
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Chris Chidsey PhotoElectrochemistry and Energy Storage: Christopher Chidsey
Associate Professor of Chemistry, Stanford University
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Christopher Edwards PhotoAdvanced Combustion: Christopher Edwards
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
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Chris SomervilleBiomass: Chris Somerville
(Former) Professor of Biological Sciences, Stanford University
(Former) Director of the Carnegie Institute of Plant Research at Stanford
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