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Scott Barnett
Northwestern University
A Novel Solid Oxide Flow Battery Utilizing H-C-O Chemistry (pdf)

Barnett is a professor of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Northwestern University and a principal investigator on the GCEP effort, "A Novel Solid Oxide Flow Battery Utilizing H-C-O Chemistry." After receiving his Ph.D. in Metallurgy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1982, he held postdoctoral appointments at the University of Illinois and Linkoping University (Sweden). His research focuses on thin films and coatings produced by physical vapor and colloidal deposition methods. His general areas of interest in SOFCs include low-temperature operation, electrode reaction mechanisms, and hydrocarbon reactions. Barnett helped pioneer thin-electrolyte SOFCs, demonstrating that they can operate at temperatures as low as 600C. His work demonstrating the feasibility of direct-hydrocarbon SOFCs has helped sparked recent excitement in this area.  He has recently pioneered the 3D analysis of electrode materials, and has proposed a new application of solid oxide cells for electrical energy storage. Barnett has published about 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has 12 issued patents.

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Charlie Barnhart
Stanford University
Material and Energy Limits to Electrical Energy Storage (pdf)

Barnhart is a postdoctoral scholar at GCEP, where he performs energy systems analysis. In particular, he quantifies material and energy resource use by renewable electricity generation and energy storage in future energy systems. His efforts focus on identifying technology attributes and characteristics that can best reduce energy and material use as well as lower financial costs. Prior to his current fellowship at Stanford University, Barnhart was a National Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA in 2010. He holds a Ph.D. in planetary geophysics from the University of California, Santa Cruz (2010), a B.S. in physics and a B.S. in astronomy from the University of Washington (2004).

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Sally M. Benson
Stanford University
Welcome to the 8th Annual Global Climate and Energy Project Symposium (pdf)

Sally M. Benson was appointed GCEP Director in January 2009 after holding the Executive Director post since March 2007.

A Professor (Research) in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering (ERE) in the School of Earth Sciences, Benson has been a member of Stanford's faculty since 2007. Her research group in ERE investigates fundamental characteristics of carbon dioxide storage in geologic formations as a means of climate change mitigation. (The Benson Lab website is at http://pangea.stanford.edu/research/bensonlab). She teaches courses on carbon dioxide capture and storage and greenhouse gas mitigation technologies.

Prior to joining GCEP, Benson worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), serving in a number of capacities, including Division Director for Earth Sciences, Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences, and Deputy Director for Operations.

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 10 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 influential 2005 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage. Her research interests also include technologies and energy systems for a low-carbon future, groundwater quality and remediation, biogeochemistry of selenium, and geotechnical instrumentation for subsurface characterization and monitoring.

Benson graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in geology. She completed her graduate education in 1988 at the University of California, Berkeley, after receiving master's and doctoral degrees, both in materials science and mineral engineering.

The author or co-author of over 160 scientific publications, Benson is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Benson is a Senior Fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford, and a Senior Fellow by Courtesy of the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford.

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Biondo Biondi
Stanford University
Continuous passive-seismic monitoring of CO2 geologic sequestration projects (pdf)

Biondi is a professor of geophysics at Stanford University and a GCEP principal investigator on the exploratory project, "Electrochemical Dinitrogen Fixation." He graduated from Politecnico di Milano in 1984 and received a M.S. (1988) and a Ph.D. (1990) in geophysics from Stanford. He is the director of the Stanford Exploration Project  (SEP). SEP is an academic consortium with a mission to develop innovative seismic imaging methodologies and educate the next generation of leaders in applied seismology. Its activities are supported by about 25 companies involved in oil and gas exploration and production. He is also co-director of the Stanford Center for Computational Earth and Environmental Science, which leads the School of Earth Sciences' computational-oriented research and educational programs.

Biondi has made contributions on several aspects of seismic imaging, ranging from velocity estimation to parallel algorithms for seismic migration. Since the early nineties, he has been at the forefront of the development of wave-equation imaging and inversion methods. In 2004, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) honored him with the Reginald Fessenden Award. In 2006, Biondi published the book "3D Seismic Imaging" that was the first book to introduce the theory of seismic imaging from the 3-D perspective.

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Jason Bloking
Stanford University

Bloking is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University, where he studies the microstructure and physics of solar cell devices made with organic materials to determine ways to boost their efficiency and hence drive down the cost of solar energy. He has also served as a GCEP student representative as part of a team that has brought together GCEP graduate students from Stanford and other leading institutions to discuss their clean energy research.
Prior to attending Stanford in 2007, Bloking developed process technology for thin film deposition products in the semiconductor industry at Applied Materials. He received an M.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003 and his B.S. degree from Lehigh University in 2000.

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Nicholas Bonawitz
Purdue University

Bonawitz is a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Professor Clint Chapple at Purdue University. His research is focused on understanding and manipulating the synthesis of lignin, a plant cell wall polymer that inhibits the extraction of fermentable sugars from biomass. Bonawitz carried out his Ph.D. research in the laboratory of Professor Gerald Shadel at Emory University and Yale University, where he investigated the role of mitochondrial reactive oxygen species in aging, using the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model system. He earned his bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Rochester. Bonawitz is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Life Sciences Research Foundation Fellowship, the George W. Woodruff Fellowship and the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award. He was recently selected to serve as part of a Faculty Learning Community funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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Mark Brongersma
Stanford University

Plasmonics and Mie Scattering for Solar Energy Harvesting (pdf)

Brongersma is an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. He has been a principal investigator on three GCEP programs:

His research is directed towards the development of nanophotonic devices for optical communication and solar energy harvesting. Brongersma has given over 50 invited presentations in the last five years on these topics. He has authored and co-authored over 100 publications, including papers in Science, Nature Photonics, Nature Materials, and Nature Nanotechnology. He also holds a number of patents in the area of Si microphotonics and plasmonics. He received a National Science Foundation Career Award, the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, the International Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences (Physics) for his work on plasmonics, and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the SPIE, and the American Physical Society. Brongersma received his PhD in Materials Science from the FOM Institute in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1998. From 1998-2001 he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the California Institute of Technology.

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Ken Caldeira
Carnegie Institution

Energy Tutorial: Geoengineering 101 (pdf)

Caldeira is a staff scientist at the Carnegie Institution, where his job is "to make important scientific discoveries." He also serves as a professor (by courtesy) in the Stanford University Department of Environmental Earth System Science. Caldeira is a lead author for the upcoming IPCC AR5 report and was coordinating lead author of the oceans chapter for the 2005 IPCC report on Carbon Capture and Storage. He was a co-author of the 2010 US National Academy America's Climate Choices report. He participated in the UK Royal Society geoengineering panel in 2009 and ocean acidification panel in 2005. He was a lead author of the 2007 U.S. "State of the Carbon Cycle Report. Caldeira was invited by the National Academy of Sciences Ocean Studies Board to deliver the 2007 Roger Revelle Lecture, "What Coral Reefs Are Dying to Tell Us About CO2 and Ocean Acidification." In 2010, Caldeira was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

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Yi Cui
Stanford University
Materials Design for Grid-Scale Energy Storage (pdf)

Cui is an associate professor in materials science and engineering at Stanford University and has a joint appointment at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. He is a principal investigator on the GCEP effort, Safe, Inexpensive and Very High-Power Batteries for Use to Reduce Short-Term Transients on the Electric Grid. His current research interests include nanomaterials for energy storage, photovotalics, topological insulators, biology and environment.  

In 1998, Cui received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China. He attended graduate school at Harvard University where his Ph.D. thesis focused on semiconductor nanowires for nanotechnology including synthesis, nanoelectroncis and nanosensor applications. He was a postdoctoral fellow at University of California, Berkeley, working on electronics and assembly using colloidal nanocrystals.

Cui is an associate editor of Nano Letters. He is a co-director of the Bay Area Photovoltaics Consortium, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. He founded Amprius Inc., a company to commercialize the high-energy battery technology.

Cui has received the following awards and honors: Wilson Prize (2011), David Filo and Jerry Yang Faculty Scholar (2010), Sloan Research Fellowship (2010), Global Climate and Energy Project Distinguished Lecturer (2009), KAUST Investigator Award (2008), ONR Young Investigator Award (2008) and MDV Innovators Award (2007).

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Michael Dale
Stanford University
The Energy Balance of the Photovoltaic (PV) Industry: Is the PV industry a net electricity producer? (pdf)

Dale joined GCEP as a post-doctoral researcher in February 2011. His work studies the energy requirements of energy production technologies. Prior to GCEP, he undertook his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering with the Advanced Energy and Material Systems (AEMS) Laboratory at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Dale's doctoral thesis was Global Energy Modeling - A Biophysical Approach (GEMBA), which married net energy analysis with systems dynamic modeling to study the interaction of the global economy with the energy sector. He carried out a number of community-based energy-related projects in New Zealand and was especially involved with transition initiatives -- local groups seeking innovative ways to address the twin challenges of peak oil and climate change. Dale also holds a masters degree in physics and philosophy from the University of Bristol, UK.

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Jennifer Dionne
Stanford University
Progress & challenges in plasmon-enhanced photocatalysis and photovoltaics (pdf)

Dionne is an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University and a principal investigator on the GCEP effort, "Upconverting Electrodes for Improved Solar Energy Conversion." Her research investigates metamaterials - engineered materials with optical and electrical properties not found in nature - for applications ranging from high-efficiency solar energy conversion to bioimaging. Dionne received her B.S. degrees in physics and electrical & systems engineering from Washington University in St. Louis in 2003. Thereafter, she received a Ph. D. in applied physics at the California Institute of Technology, working with Harry Atwater. Prior to joining Stanford, she served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, working with Paul Alivisatos. Dionne has received the NSF CAREER Award, AFOSR Young Investigator Award, Hellman Faculty Scholar Award, Clauser Award for Best Caltech Thesis, and MRS Gold Award. In 2011, she was named one of Technology Review's TR35 - 35 international innovators under 35 tackling important problems in transformative ways.

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Chris Edwards
Stanford University
Energy Tutorial: Exergy 101 (pdf)

Edwards is a professor in mechanical engineering at Stanford. He was the GCEP Deputy Director for the first four years of the Project and a GCEP Research Theme Leader in the area of carbon mitigation. He currently is the lead investigator on two GCEP efforts:

Edwards completed masters and Ph.D. degrees at the University of California, Berkeley, while investigating plasma jet ignition processes for ultra lean engine combustion. In 1985, he joined the technical staff at the Combustion Research Facility of Sandia National Laboratories, where he worked on experimental, theoretical, and diagnostic development components. In 1995, he was appointed a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, the highest technical ranking at Sandia. In September of 1995, Edwards joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford, in the thermosciences group. Here he is pursuing research in the areas of advanced energy and propulsion systems with ultra high efficiency and low greenhouse gas emissions, while teaching courses that range from introductory to advanced thermodynamics, energy systems and engines.


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Chris Field
Carnegie Institution
Stanford University
Biomass Energy: The Climate-Protective Domain (pdf)

Field is the founding director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology, professor of biology and environmental Earth system science at Stanford University and faculty director of Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve.  He is the GCEP Research Theme Leader in bioenergy and a principal investigator on the GCEP program, "The Climate-Protective Domain." His research emphasizes impacts of climate change, from the molecular to the global scale. For two decades, he has 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. In September, 2008, he was elected co-chair of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which recently produced (along with Working Group I) the IPCC Special Report on "Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation." Field is a recipient of a Heinz Award, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1981 and has been at the Carnegie Institution for Science since 1984.


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Brian Flannery
ExxonMobil (retired)

Flannery recently retired from ExxonMobil, where he served as science, strategy and program manager in the Environmental Policy and Planning Department. He received degrees in astrophysics from Princeton University and University of California, Santa Cruz, and pursued astrophysics research as a postdoctoral fellow at The Institute for Advanced Study and as a professor at Harvard University. After joining ExxonMobil in 1980, he conducted and sponsored research and organized international workshops and symposia dealing with scientific, technical, economic and policy aspects of global climate change.

Flannery has participated on numerous academic, business and governmental advisory, editorial and review committees. He has served as:

  • Lead author, Working Group III, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • Vice Chair, Environment and Energy Commission, International Chamber of Commerce, and
  • Co-chair, International Energy Committee, United States Council for International Business.

    Since retiring Flannery has continued to participate in the international climate and energy arena serving as chair of the Business Engagement Task Force of the Major Economies Business Forum and as chair of the Intentional Business Green Economies Dialogue project.

Flannery played a leadership role in the creation of the Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford University and the MIT Joint Program on Science and Policy of Global Change. He is co-author of the widely used reference Numerical Recipes: the Art of Scientific Computing.

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Steven C. Freilich
DuPont

Freilich is the director of Materials Science and Engineering for DuPont Central Research and Development (CR&D). He joined DuPont in 1983 in CR&D working principally in photoconductivity of polymers and polymer-metal adhesion. In 1987, he was appointed research manager in CR&D, leading groups in the fields of thin film physics, information storage materials, organic photochemistry, scientific computing, and particle science. Freilich joined DuPont Titanium Technologies in 1997 and held various business and technology leadership roles such as global business Manager and global technology development manager for new business development. He returned to DuPont CR&D in 2004 as director, where he leads an organization focused on delivering high risk, and high reward new business opportunities for DuPont. In addition to his current assignment, Freilich was appointed in 2008 as the chief technology officer of the DuPont Electronics and Communications Technology Platform and in 2009 to the newly created position of chief technology advocate - North Asia. He has served on the boards of the United States Display Consortium and DuPont Photonics Technologies, and currently serves on the Materials Science & Technology Council External Review Panel for Sandia National Laboratory and is the vice chair of the advisory panel for the Center for Revolutionary Solar Photoconversion in Colorado.

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Freilich received his B.A. in Chemistry from Amherst College in 1978 and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University in 1983.

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Harry Gray
California Institute of Technology
Solar Fuels (pdf)

Gray is a professor of chemistry and the founding director of the Beckman Institute at the California Institute of Technology. After graduate study at Northwestern and postdoctoral work in Copenhagen, he joined the Columbia chemistry faculty, where he developed ligand field theory to interpret inorganic electronic structure and reactivity. After moving to Caltech in 1966, he began work in biological inorganic chemistry and solar photochemistry. Working with Ru-modified proteins, he demonstrated that electrons can tunnel rapidly through folded polypeptide structures; and then he and J. R. Winkler investigated the mechanisms of electron flow through respiratory and photosynthetic molecular assemblies. Gray was also an investigator on the GCEP research effort, "Artificial Photosynthesis: Membrane-Supported Assemblies that Use Sunlight to Split Water."

Gray has received the National Medal of Science (1986), the Priestley Medal (1991), the Wolf Prize (2004) and the Welch Award in Chemistry (2009). Memberships: National Academy of Sciences, American Philosophical Society, Royal Swedish Academy, Royal Society of Great Britain; and Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.

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Claire Halpin
University of Dundee

Halpin is a professor of plant biology and biotechnology and the deputy head of the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Dundee at James Hutton Institute. As a GCEP principal investigator, she recently completed work on "Novel Mutants Optimized for Lignin, Growth and Biofuel Production via Re-Mutagenesis." She has 20 years experience of directing research teams focused on understanding lignin biosynthesis both in industry and academia.

Following her Ph.D. she worked for six years at Zeneca Plant Sciences before moving into academia. Her major research areas involve aspects of plant biotechnology, particularly the manipulation of lignin in plant cell walls to facilitate industrial and agricultural uses of plant biomass. Her current work focuses on enhancing lignocellulosic biomass for biofuel production. Halpin leads the Cell Wall Lignin Programme of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Sustainable Bioenergy Centre and led the lignin work of the recently completed EU RENEWALL project involving 12 partners from Europe and the U.S. She has served on the BBSRC's Bioenergy and AgriFood committees and on working groups for the European Food Safety Authority and the International Life Sciences Institute.

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John Hennessy
Stanford University


Hennessy is president of Stanford University. He joined Stanford's faculty in 1977 as an assistant professor of electrical engineering. He rose through the academic ranks to full professorship in 1986 and was the inaugural Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from 1987 to 2004.

From 1983 to 1993, Hennessy was director of the Computer Systems Laboratory, a research and teaching center operated by the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science that fosters research in computer systems design. He served as chair of computer science from 1994 to 1996 and, in 1996, was named dean of the School of Engineering. As dean, he launched a five-year plan that laid the groundwork for new activities in bioengineering and biomedical engineering. In 1999, he was named provost, the university's chief academic and financial officer. As provost, he continued his efforts to foster interdisciplinary activities in the biosciences and bioengineering and oversaw improvements in faculty and staff compensation. In October 2000, he was inaugurated as Stanford's 10th president. In 2005, he became the inaugural holder of the Bing Presidential Professorship.

Hennessy is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, and he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

He has lectured and published widely and is the co-author of two internationally used undergraduate and graduate textbooks on computer architecture design. Hennessy earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and his master's and doctoral degrees in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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Thomas Jaramillo
Stanford University

Energy Tutorial: Electrocatalysis 101 (pdf)

Jaramillo is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Stanford. He is a GCEP research theme leader in the area of electrochemical energy conversion and storage and a principal investigator on the GCEP effort, "Nature-Inspired Solid-State Electrocatalysts: The Oxidation of Water and the Reduction of CO2 to Fuels."

He was recently honored with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his innovations in solar hydrogen production. PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers early in their independent research careers.

Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jaramillo came to Stanford to pursue his B.S. degree in chemical engineering. He continued his education at the University of California at Santa Barbara, earning his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering. Jaramillo then conducted post-doctoral research at the Technical University of Denmark in the Department of Physics, as a Hans Christian Ørsted Post-doctoral Fellow. He returned to Stanford in Fall 2007 to start his independent research career, where he has won additional awards for his research efforts, including the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award (2011), Mohr-Davidow Ventures MDV Innovator Award (2009), the Hellman Faculty Scholar Award (2009), and the NSF BRIGE Award.

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Thomas B. Johansson
Global Energy Assessment (hosted by IIASA)
Global Energy Assessment - Toward a Sustainable Future (pdf)


Johansson is co-chair of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA) executive committee and of the Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development. He is professor emeritus of energy systems analysis at Sweden's University of Lund, where he was also director of the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics from 2001 to 2009.

A pioneer of renewable energy in Sweden, Johansson has served on a number of international organizations. From 1994 to 2001 he was director of the Energy and Atmosphere Programme created as part of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). In that position, he initiated the use of "energy as an instrument of socio-economic development" in the UNDP development cooperation. From 2006 - 2010 he was the chair holder for UNESCO.

Johansson was a convening lead author of the chapter on energy supply mitigation options of the IPCC Second Assessment Report. In 2000, he was jointly awarded the Volvo Environment Prize for the book Energy for Sustainable Development.

Over the years, Johansson has championed environmental, climate and energy themes and placed strong emphasis on the important role of renewable energy for sustainable development.

He received his Ph.D. in nuclear physics and his M.Sc. in Engineering (Applied Physics), from the Lund Institute of Technology.

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Jeff Koseff
Stanford University

Koseff received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1976. After working for a year in Johannesburg, he came to Stanford where he received an M.S. in civil engineering in 1978 and a Ph.D. in civil engineering in 1983. Koseff joined the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1984, where he served as the Department Chair from 1995 to 1999 and then as the Senior Associate Dean of Engineering from 1999 to 2003. Since 2003, he has served as the Perry L. McCarty Director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

At the 2011 Civil and Environmental Engineering graduation ceremony, Koseff received the Eugene L. Grant Award for teaching in recognition of "his continued dedication and excellence in teaching as voted by the students of the Department." Eugene Grant was a long-serving and highly distinguished member of the faculty at Stanford. The award was established by his students to honor his contributions. Koseff also received the Grant Award in 1995.

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Kendra Kuhl
Stanford University
Insights into the electrochemical reduction of CO2 on metal surfaces (pdf)

Kuhl is a senior Ph.D. candidate working in the laboratory of Prof. Thomas Jaramillo in Stanford's Department of Chemical Engineering. She is studying the electrochemical conversion of CO2 into fuels and chemicals as a way to reduce carbon emissions.

As an undergraduate, Kuhl attended the University of Montana where she investigated carbohydrate polymerization in the lab of Prof. Donald Kiely. After graduating with high honors in 2004 with a B.S. in chemistry, she worked as a research assistant in the lab of Prof. Michele McGuirl, also at the University of Montana, where she studied electron transfer in the protein azurin. Kuhl started at Stanford University in 2006 where she earned an NSF graduate research fellowship.

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Philippe Lacour-Gayet
Schlumberger (retired)

Lacour-Gayet is currently founder and treasurer of IDO, an NGO working on helping people in Africa with drinkable water supply. From 1997 to 2007, he was Vice-President and Chief Scientist of Schlumberger, a large oil service company, in charge of the R&D function and managing directly the five Research Labs of Schlumberger.

Lacour-Gayet spent his entire career in Schlumberger, starting in France in 1974. He worked in the US, UK, France and Japan, in Research, Engineering and Marketing positions. Prior to 1997, he managed Schlumberger Technology Centers in France and in Japan.

A mining engineer and physicist by training, he graduated from "Ecole des Mines de Paris" in 1969, and obtained a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Paris in 1974.
A French citizen, Philippe was born in 1947. He has been married to Catherine Bourliere since 1970. They have two children and four grandchildren. Philippe's hobbies include sailing, astronomy, number theory and Chinese and Japanese history and art.

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Gary Leonard
GE

Leonard is currently the global technology director for GE's Global Research Center in the areas of fluid mechanics, thermal systems, combustion and mechanical systems. This organization has 400 engineers and scientists located in the U.S., Germany, India and China, who are responsible for developing GE's next generation of technologies for GE's energy, aviation, transportation, and oil and gas businesses. Leonard's responsibilities include high performance computing tools and their validation, advanced design concepts to improve the efficiency, cost, reliability and emissions footprint of GE's current products and defining GE's next generation of products and systems for GE's infrastructure businesses.

From December 2006 to April 2008, Leonard led the integration of Smiths Aerospace into GE's aviation business. From June 2004 to Dec 2006, he was president of a joint venture between GE and Honda to develop, market, sell, produce and service aircraft engines for small business jets.

From March 2003 to June 2004, Leonard managed GE Aircraft Engine's Strategic Marketing Organization. His responsibilities included identifying business growth opportunities, product planning, competitive assessment, industry trending and forecasting.

Leonard started his career with GE as a research scientist at the Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY. He received both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

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Nate Lewis
California Institute of Technology

Lewis, a professor of chemistry, has been on the faculty at the California Institute of Technology since 1988 and has served as professor since 1991. He is the principal investigator of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, the Energy Innovation Hub in Fuels from Sunlight, and has also served as the principal investigator of the Beckman Institute Molecular Materials Resource Center at Caltech since 1992. He was a GCEP Research Theme Leader in the area of solar energy and a principal investigator for the GCEP research effort, "Artificial Photosynthesis: Membrane-Supported Assemblies that Use Sunlight to Split Water."

From 1981 to 1986, Lewis was on the faculty at Stanford University, as an assistant professor from 1981 to 1985 and as a tenured associate professor from 1986 to 1988. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Lewis has been an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and a Presidential Young Investigator. He received the Fresenius Award in 1990, the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry in 1991, the Orton Memorial Lecture award in 2003, the Princeton Environmental Award in 2003 and the Michael Faraday Medal of the Royal Society of Electrochemistry in 2008. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Society of Chemistry journal, Energy & Environmental Science. He has published over 300 papers and has supervised over 60 graduate students and postdoctoral associates.

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Boxiao Li
Stanford University
Modeling CO2 Sequestration: Heterogeneity and Scale Translation (pdf)

Li is a Ph.D. candidate in the Energy Resources Engineering Department at Stanford University. He is focused on understanding and bridging the gap between sub-core and reservoir scales, in order to provide better simulation predictions of long-term CO2 sequestration. During the past two summers as an intern at Chevron Energy Technology Company, he worked on gas injection simulations and numerical methods that improve the convergence of reservoir simulators. Li is also one of the GCEP student representatives at Stanford University, helping to build a community of student energy researchers.

Li holds a bachelor's degree in environmental science and engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University, and a M.S. degree in energy resources engineering from Stanford University.

As an undergraduate, he was recognized with many university, provincial, and national honors, and was awarded a number of scholarships, including the National Scholarship of China. He was awarded the Frank G. Miller Fellowship during his graduate study at Stanford University.

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Bruce Logan
Penn State University
Producing methane from electrical current generated using renewable energy sources using methanogenic microorganisms (pdf)

Logan is a professor of environmental engineering at Penn State University and director of the Engineering Energy & Environmental Institute. His main research efforts are in bioenergy production and the development of an energy sustainable global water infrastructure for both industrialized and developing countries. He is currently a GCEP principal investigator conducting research on "Capturing Electrical Current via Microbes to Produce Methane."  Logan is the author or co-author of over 300 refereed publications and several books. He is a fellow of the International Water Association and the Water Environment Federation and he has received numerous awards including the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) Clarke Prize (2009) and the Water Environment Research Foundation Paul L. Busch Award (2004).

Logan is also an investigator with the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia; and a visiting professor at Newcastle University (England), Tsinghua University, Harbin Institute of Technology, and Dalian University of Technology (all in China). He received his Ph.D. in 1986 from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Pam Matson
Stanford University

Energy & Earth Systems 101 (pdf)

At Stanford, Matson is the dean of the School of Earth Sciences, a senior fellow at the Woods Institute for Environment, and co-leads the Initiative on Environment and Sustainability, an effort that brings together faculty from around the university to help solve critical resource and environment challenges of the century. She is also the scientific director of the Leopold Leadership Program, a program that provides leadership and communications training to environmental scientists and analysts.

Matson is an interdisciplinary Earth scientist who works to reconcile the needs of people and the planet. Her research addresses a range of environment and sustainability issues, including sustainability of agricultural systems; vulnerability of particular people and places to climate change; the consequences of tropical deforestation on atmosphere, climate and water systems; and the environmental consequences of global change in the nitrogen and carbon cycles. With multi-disciplinary teams of researchers, managers, and decision makers, she has worked to develop agricultural approaches that reduce environmental impacts while maintaining livelihoods and human wellbeing.

Matson is the author of numerous scientific publications and books, including the National Research Council volume titled Our Common Journey: A Transition toward Sustainability and Seeds of Sustainability: Lessons from the Birthplace of the Green Revolution. A MacArthur Fellow and a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences as well as the American Academy of Arts and Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she is the founding co-chair of the National Academies Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability and a past president of the Ecological Society of America.

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Shannon Miller
EtaGen


Miller is the co-founder and CEO of EtaGen, a venture-funded start-up, developing high-efficiency engines for stationary power applications and located in Menlo Park. Previously, she was a mechanical engineer for Tesla Motors and Kumetrix, a medical diagnostics technology company.

Miller received her Ph.D. (2009), M.S. (2004) and B.S. (2001) degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. She worked with Professor Chris Edwards on two GCEP-funded efforts "Low Exergy Loss Chemical Engines" and "Development of Low-Irreversibility Engines" at Stanford, where she helped design and build a very high compression ratio engine (>100:1) to test the feasibility of achieving nearly twice the efficiency of standard engines. She also investigated other means of increasing engine efficiency using thermodynamic analysis.


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Ian Monroe
Stanford University
Energy Tutorial: Energy & Earth Sciences 101,
Predicting & Mitigating Tradeoffs with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) (pdf)

Monroe is a visiting scholar and lecturer at Stanford, teaching 'Social & Environmental Tradeoffs in Climate Decision-Making' and 'Renewable Energy Sources and Greener Energy Processes,’ and guest lecturing for 'Engineering & Climate Change.' His research focuses on developing best practices for renewable energy implementation worldwide, linking energy and climate policy to sound science, with emphasis on improving sustainability criteria for electric vehicles, biomass power, biogas and liquid biofuel options. Monroe also has a strong interest in improving and standardizing lifecycle assessment (LCA) accounting of environmental impacts, as well as LCA data applications for green labeling of consumer products, including monitoring and incentivization through social networks. He is currently working on linking these together as the founding CEO of Oroeco. Monroe received his masters and bachelors of science degrees from the interdisciplinary Earth Systems Program at Stanford.

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Douglas Muzyka
DuPont

Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels: An industrial perspective on energy research (pdf)

Muzyka is senior vice president and chief science and technology officer at DuPont. He joined the company in 1985 as a research scientist and held a variety of research and research management roles in North America through 1994.

Muzyka was named director of technology and new business development for DuPont Nylon, Asia Pacific, in 1994 and relocated to Hong Kong. From 1994 to 1998 he participated in many plant start-ups and new venture developments throughout Asia Pacific.

In 1998, Dr. Muzyka relocated to the United States to become global business director for the Nylon Industrial Specialties business, a position he held until January 2001. He was then named president and general manager of DuPont Mexico. He was named president and chief executive officer of DuPont Canada Inc., in January 2003 and concurrently vice president and general manager - DuPont Nutrition & Health in September 2003. In July 2006, he returned to Asia assuming the role of president - DuPont Greater China. He was named to his current position in September 2010.

Muzyka has served on advisory boards for universities in Singapore and Canada, as well as on boards of Chambers of Commerce, industry associations and business councils on sustainable development in Canada, Mexico and China.

He was born in Canada and graduated as class valedictorian from the University of Western Ontario with bachelor, master and doctorate degrees in chemical engineering. He completed additional research for his doctorate at the Université de Téchnologie de Compiègne in France and worked as a researcher in the coal industry in France prior to joining DuPont.

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Jens Nørskov
Stanford University
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Nørskov received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. Presently he is professor of Chemical Engineering and of Photon Science at Stanford University and at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. He holds the Leland T. Edwards Professorship in Engineering at Stanford and is director of the SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis. He is a GCEP principal investigator conducting research on Nature-Inspired Solid-State Electrocatalysts: The Oxidation of Water and the Reduction of CO2 to Fuels

Nørskov's research aims at developing theoretical methods and concepts to understand surface chemical properties, heterogeneous catalysis, electro-catalysis and the link to enzyme function. Jens Nørskov has received several honors, most recently the Parravano Award (2011), the Alwin Mittasch Award (2009), the Gerhard Ertl Award (2009), and the ACS Gabor A. Somorjai Award (2009). He is a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters and the Danish Academy of Engineering.


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James Plummer
Stanford University

Plummer is the Frederick Emmons Terman Dean of the School of Engineering at Stanford University. He also holds the John Fluke Professorship in Electrical Engineering.

He obtained his B.S. degree from University of California - Los Angeles and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford in 1966, 1967, and 1971, respectively. From 1971 to 1978, he was a research staff member in the Integrated Circuits (IC) Lab at Stanford. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1978 as an associate professor and became professor of electrical engineering in 1983. His career at Stanford has included serving as director of the IC Laboratory, senior associate dean in the School of Engineering, and chair of the Electrical Engineering Department.

Plummer has worked in a variety of areas in the broad field of silicon devices and technology. Much of his early work focused on high-voltage ICs and on high-voltage device structures. He and his group made important contributions to integrating CMOS logic and high-voltage lateral DMOS devices on the same chip and demonstrated circuits operating at several hundred volts. This work also led to several power MOS device concepts such as the IGBT which have become important power switching devices.

Plummer is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the IEEE. He has received many awards for his research, including the 1991 Solid State Science and Technology Award from the Electrochemical Society, the 2001 Semiconductor Industry Association University Research Award, and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. He has graduated more than 80 Ph.D. students with whom he has published more than 400 journal papers and conference presentations.


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Franklin M. ("Lynn") Orr
Stanford University

Franklin M. ("Lynn") Orr, Jr. became the director of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford upon its establishment in 2009. He served as the director of the Global Climate and Energy Project from 2002 to 2008. Orr was the Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University from 1994 to 2002. He has been a member of the Stanford faculty since 1985 and holds the Keleen and Carlton Beal Chair of Petroleum Engineering in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering, and is a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment. His research activities focus on how complex fluid mixtures flow in the porous rocks in the Earth's crust, the design of gas injection processes for enhanced oil recovery, and CO2 storage in subsurface formations. Orr is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He serves as vice chair of the board of directors of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and he chairs the Science Advisory Committee for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and was a foundation board member from 1999-2008.


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Ajit Sapre
Reliance Industries


Sapre is group president of research and technology for Reliance Industries. He has more than 30 years of experience in the petroleum refining and petrochemicals business, technology development and R&D management. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware and M.B.A. from Cornell University. His experience includes technical and managerial assignments in research, engineering, business, manufacturing units and corporate planning.

Sapre has strong management and technical background in refining, petrochemicals process and catalyst development, chemical reaction engineering, optimization technologies, computer-integrated manufacturing and intellectual asset management. He has experience in upstream, downstream (refining, petrochemicals, polyester, lubes) and renewable energy sectors.

He has published more than 100 technical papers, edited one book and has more than 30 U.S. patents and 20 patent applications to his credit.

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William Schneider
University of Notre Dame
Ionic Liquids as a Tunable CO2 Separations Platform (pdf)

Schneider is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame. He is a principal investigator on the GCEP effort, "Chemically-Complexing Ionic Liquids for Pre-Combustion CO2 Capture." His expertise is in chemical applications of density functional theory (DFT) simulations. Schneider began his professional career in the Ford Motor Company Research Laboratory working on a variety of problems related to the environmental impacts of automobile emissions. He developed an interest in the catalytic chemistry of NOx for diesel emissions control and has published extensively on the chemistry and mechanisms of NOx decomposition, selective catalytic reduction, trapping, and oxidation catalysis. At Notre Dame, he has continued his research into the theory and molecular simulation of heterogeneous catalysis, with particular emphasis on reaction environment effects on catalytic materials and their implications for mechanism and reactivity. Schneider was recently recognized as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has co-authored more than 110 papers and book chapters.



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Randall Snurr
Northwestern University
New Materials and Process Development for Energy-Efficient Carbon Capture in the Presence of Water Vapor (pdf)


Snurr is a professor of chemical and biological engineering at Northwestern University and is a GCEP principal investigator conducting research on "New Materials and Process Development for Energy-Efficient Carbon Capture in the Presence of Water Vapor." His research interests include development of new nanoporous materials for energy and environmental applications, molecular simulation, adsorption separations, diffusion in nanoporous materials, and catalysis. He holds B.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively. From 1994-95, Snurr performed post-doctoral research at the University of Leipzig in Germany supported by a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Other honors include the 2011 Institute Award for Excellence in Industrial Gases Technology from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Leibniz professorship at the University of Leipzig in 2009, and a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. He is a senior editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry and has served on the editorial boards of Chemistry of Materials, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A, and Catalysis Communications.

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Alfred Spormann
Stanford University


Spormann is a microbial physiologist and biochemist, and faculty member in the Departments of Civil and Environmental, and of Chemical Engineering. He is currently a principal investigator leading two GCEP efforts, "Capturing Electrical Current via Microbes to Produce Methane" and "Synthesis of Biofuels on Bioelectrodes."

His research interests are focused on developing fundamental understandings of microbial electron transferring processes in natural as well as engineered environments. Current projects include i) molecular mechanisms of cathodic electron uptake by microbial communities for microbial electrosynthesis of useful chemicals and biofuels, and ii) mechanistic and genomic studies on reductive dehalogenases as key catalysts for microbial degradation of organohalogen compounds in bioremediation.

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Sherri Stuewer
ExxonMobil (retired)


Stuewer retired recently after 36 years with ExxonMobil. In her final assignments, she was vice president for Safety, Health & Environment and vice president for Environmental Policy & Planning. Over her career, she held a variety of technical and managerial assignments in refining, planning and logistics, including general manager of the Exxon Company U.S.A. Supply Department and manager of the Exxon Refinery in Baytown, Texas.

Stuewer is an emeritus trustee of Cornell University and has extensive experience in non-profit boards. She is a past chair of the Industry Advisory Board to the International Energy Agency. Stuewer holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering from Cornell University. She is married and has two daughters.

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Cathy Zoi
Silver Lake Kraftwerk

Zoi is a partner of Silver Lake Kraftwerk. Prior to joining Silver Lake, she was a senate-confirmed senior executive in the U.S. Department of Energy, serving as Acting Under Secretary for Energy and Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. She managed over $30 billion of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, as well as over $10 billion in applied research and development and nuclear waste management. In this role, Zoi led the research, investment and commercialization activities for solar, biofuels, wind, geothermal, water, nuclear, smart grid, transmission, building, and industrial energy efficiency, next-generation vehicles, energy storage and carbon capture and sequestration. She also spearheaded policy discussions related to a national clean energy standard, appliance efficiency standards, "Home Star" legislation, utility regulation and building codes.

From 2007 to 2009, Zoi was the founding chief executive officer of the Alliance for Climate Protection, which was established and chaired by former Vice President Al Gore. From 2003 to 2006, she served as the group executive director at Bayard Capital (renamed Landis+Gyr Holdings), which through a "buy and build" strategy became a world leader in energy measurement technologies and systems.

Previously, while living in Australia, she was the assistant director general of the New South Wales Environmental Protection Agency and the founding chief executive officer of the Sustainable Energy Development Authority -- a $50 million fund to commercialize greenhouse-friendly technology.

Zoi served as the Chief of Staff in the White House Office on Environmental Policy in the Clinton-Gore Administration and as a manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she pioneered the Energy Star Program. She holds a B.S. in Geology from Duke University (magna cum laude) and an M.S. in Engineering from Dartmouth College.

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