Affiliates of the Precourt Institute play an active role in the interdisciplinary energy community that is the foundation of energy research and teaching at Stanford. Their personal research and expertise in energy is listed below. Many of them also engage in research not related to energy, which is not described here. Names link to Stanford employee directory listings. Terms for filtering under “Energy Research Area” are divided into categories provided in capital letters, e.g. “END USE/EFFICIENCY” “ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS,” and “POLICY & ECONOMICS.” Users can filter for specific areas or the entire category.

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First Name Last Name Academic Dept / Research Program Energy Research Area Energy Research Focus Detailed Profile
Masahiko Aoki Economics Tax & Regulation Causes, responses, and consequences of the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, compared with those of Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. Detailed Profile
Nicole Ardoin Education Buildings, Energy & Behavior, Transportation Developing a community-based program for reducing residential energy use, working with Girl Scouts. Environmental learning and behavior, including transportation. Detailed Profile
Kenneth Arrow Economics Finance & Subsidies, Tax & Regulation The implications of discounting and uncertainty for climate and energy policy. Detailed Profile
Gregory Asner Carnegie - Global Ecology, Environmental Earth System Science Climate, Land Use

Impacts on local ecology of biofuel expansion. Impacts on climate of using more land for biomass energy. Regional impacts of climate change and energy policy in the Western Hemisphere.

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Khalid Aziz Energy Resources Engineering CO2 Capture, Storage & Conversion, Enhanced Oil Recovery, Natural Gas, Unconventional Oil & Gas

Models for predicting performance of conventional and non-conventional hydrocarbon reservoirs (including shale oil and gas), and CO2 sequestration operations. Flow of complex mixtures (oil, gas and water) in porous rocks and in pipes. Optimization of oil field development and operations.

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Jeremy Bailenson Communication Energy & Behavior Using avatars and virtual reality simulations to reduce energy use through reexamination of personal energy behavior and by connecting specific energy use and environmental consequences. Detailed Profile
Jack Baker Civil & Environmental Engineering Nuclear Probabilistic and statistical tools for modeling the reliability of nuclear power plants and nuclear waste repositories. Detailed Profile
Jeffrey Ball Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance Economic Development & Equity, Energy Markets, Finance & Subsidies, Management & Innovation, Tax & Regulation

How China and the U.S. could deploy solar energy more efficiently if each one played to its economic strengths. Making wind and solar power affordable. 

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Shilajeet (Banny) Banerjee ChangeLabs Buildings, Energy & Behavior Developing human-centered, online programs to motivate residents to reduce energy consumption, using social norms and goal setting as motivators. Detailed Profile
Zhenan Bao Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics, Chemical Engineering Batteries & Fuel Cells, Bioenergy, CO2 Capture, Storage & Conversion, Photovoltaics

Synthesis of functional organic and polymer materials for numerous energy applications, such as nanostructured polymers for low-cost, stretchable batteries and PV cells, and thin-film organic PV cells. Printable, electrically conductive gel for potential use in energy storage and biofuel cells. Nitrogen-doped porous carbon for CO2 capture.

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Lanier Benkard GSB - Economics Energy & Behavior, Management & Innovation Dynamic effects of bans on fluorescent light bulbs on consumer decision making, lighting manufacturers, interactions between consumers and firms, and technological innovation. Detailed Profile
Sally M. Benson Energy Resources Engineering, Global Climate & Energy Project, Precourt Institute CO2 Capture, Storage & Conversion, Climate

Sequestering CO2 in deep underground formations. Permeability of CO2 and brine, especially sensitivity to injection flow-rate and various fluid properties. Net energy analysis of emerging technologies, such as PV and energy storage. Energy systems analysis to guide decisions about providing energy while reducing GHG emissions.

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Stacey Bent Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion, Chemical Engineering, TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy Batteries & Fuel Cells, Photovoltaics, Renewable Fuels

Understanding and controlling surface and interfacial chemistry, and materials synthesis. Applying this to new materials and processes for next generation low-cost solar cells, fuel cells and catalysts.

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Dennis Bird Geological & Environmental Sciences Geothermal Accelerating the conversion of CO2 into carbonate minerals that can be sequestered in silicate rocks rich in magnesium and calcium. Chemical and physical processes of geothermal systems. Detailed Profile
Stephen Boyd Electrical Engineering Electric Grid Decentralized message passing to constantly optimize an electricity network with many different devices, each with its own complex constraints and objective. Detailed Profile
Adam Brandt Energy Resources Engineering CO2 Capture, Storage & Conversion, Climate, Natural Gas, Unconventional Oil & Gas

Reducing the environmental impacts of energy systems. Methane leaks from US natural gas system. Analysis of CO2 capture technologies. Life-cycle analysis of transportation fuels. Modeling global oil depletion, or "peak oil," and transitions to oil substitutes.

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Mark Brongersma Materials Science & Engineering Photovoltaics Development of silicon-based microphotonic functionality and plasmonic devices to manipulate the flow of light at the nanoscale. Use of nanowires in thin-film solar cells to boost efficiency. Detailed Profile
Thomas Byers Management Science & Engineering Management & Innovation Entrepreneurship education regarding high-growth and technology enterprises, in particular energy-related technologies. Detailed Profile
Ken Caldeira Carnegie - Global Ecology, Environmental Earth System Science CO2 Capture, Storage & Conversion, Climate, Wind

Transition from coal to low-carbon electricity. Oceanic CO2 sequestration. Accounting for CO2 emissions. Future CO2 from existing energy infrastructure. High-altitude wind power. Assessing wind power resources. Geoengineering to combat climate change.

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Brian Cantwell Aeronautics & Astronautics, Mechanical Engineering Combustion, Water, Transportation New, fast burning fuels for application to hybrid propulsion. Nitrous oxide as a propellant for small space thrusters. Energy-neutral biological sewage treatment. Detailed Profile
Mark Cappelli Mechanical Engineering Batteries & Fuel Cells, Combustion, Solar Thermal, Transportation Plasma propulsion. Plasma and combustion synthesis of materials. Effects of injecting ionized gas on the operation of a fuel cell. Photon-enhanced thermionic emission devices, which use solar heat and light. Detailed Profile
Christopher Chidsey Chemistry, SLAC - Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource Batteries & Fuel Cells, Renewable Fuels Electron transfer between electrodes and among redox species. Electrocatalysts to convert CO2 and feedstocks to higher value materials. Water oxidation with metal-oxide semiconductor anodes. Detailed Profile
Steven Chu Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Physics Batteries & Fuel Cells, Buildings, Climate, Finance & Subsidies, Management & Innovation, Tax & Regulation

Research pathways to low-carbon energy systems. Methods to project trends in energy technology innovations and associated new business models. The effect of energy efficiency standards in appliances and buildings, and how these standards affect purchase prices and operating costs. Carbon nanospheres for stable lithium metal anodes.

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William Chueh Materials Science & Engineering, Precourt Institute Batteries & Fuel Cells, Renewable Fuels

Fundamental and applied electrochemistry: solar fuels, fuel cells, and batteries.

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Craig Criddle Civil & Environmental Engineering Bioenergy, Water Systems Creating valuable products from organic waste streams. Energy positive wastewater treatment. Biosynthesis and molecular-scale recycling of bioplastics and biocomposites. In-situ remediation of radioactive waste. Detailed Profile
Yi Cui Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics, Materials Science & Engineering, SLAC - Photon Science Batteries & Fuel Cells, Bioenergy, Electric Grid, Grid Scale Storage, Photovoltaics

Fabrication of nanoscale materials, and study of their electronic, photonic, electrochemical and catalytic properties. Applications include lithium ion batteries, supercapacitors, CIGS solar cells, transparent electrodes and using carbon nanotubes in microbial fuel cell electrodes.

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Hongjie Dai Chemistry Batteries & Fuel Cells, Renewable Fuels

New ways to synthesize graphene and carbon nanotube architectures for potential future device applications, such as fuel cells, catalysis, and lithium-air and nickel-metal batteries. Tungsten disulfide nanoflakes as a catalyst for producing hydrogen from water.

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Reinhold Dauskardt Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics, Materials Science & Engineering Batteries & Fuel Cells, Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal Characterizing and modeling the fundamental micromechanical and photochemical mechanisms that dictate the reliability and lifetimes of emerging energy technologies, including solar cells and their modules, PEM fuel cells, and batteries. Detailed Profile
Thomas Devereaux SLAC - Photon Science, Stanford Institute for Materials & Energy Science Batteries & Fuel Cells, Photovoltaics, Superconductors Modern computational approaches to electron and photon dynamics. Models for new energy paradigms for developing novel materials for superconductors, photovoltaics and batteries. Detailed Profile
Noah Diffenbaugh Environmental Earth System Science Climate, Energy Markets, Land Use Interactions between climate change, biofuel mandates, and energy and agriculture markets. Interactions between climate and large-scale solar energy projects. Detailed Profile
Jennifer Dionne Materials Science & Engineering Grid Scale Storage, Photovoltaics Nanostructured materials for light manipulation, photovoltaics and photocatalysis. Converting low energy photons to higher for greater efficiency in solar cells. Hydrogen absorption and desorption in individual palladium nanocrystals Detailed Profile
Sebastian Doniach Applied Physics, Physics, SLAC - Photon Science Batteries & Fuel Cells Self-assembly of nanostructures from the natural protein clathrin to act as templates for metallization, which could potentially be of interest as experimental battery electrodes. Detailed Profile
Louis Durlofsky Energy Resources Engineering CO2 Capture, Storage & Conversion, Enhanced Oil Recovery, Natural Gas

Computational modeling of subsurface flow, with applications in oil and gas production and geological carbon sequestration. Optimization of subsurface flow operations and energy systems.

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Christopher Edwards Mechanical Engineering CO2 Capture, Storage & Conversion, Combustion, Transportation

Efficient, low-polluting transportation engines (piston and turbine) by taking reactants to extreme states of energy density, and advanced electric generation. Sootless diesel engine. Coal-fired power with CO2 capture via combustion in supercritical saline aquifer water.

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David Ehrhardt Biology, Carnegie - Plant Biology Bioenergy Study of plant cell wall biogenesis, cellulose synthase dynamics and trafficking, for potential application to cellulosic biomass for energy. Detailed Profile
Paul Ehrlich Biology Climate, Land Use

The population-resource-environment crisis, including a revision of humanity's energy systems, energy's effect on biodiversity, and the potential for reduction in energy consumption.

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Abbas El-Gamal Electrical Engineering Electric Grid A simulation tool that models all parts of the electrical network, including generation, transmission, intermittent renewable supply, energy storage, distributed generation and electrical vehicles. Detailed Profile
Walter Falcon Economics, Center on Food Security & the Environment Bioenergy, Economic Development & Equity, Climate, Land Use

How different scenarios of expanded biofuels production in rich and poor countries will affect global and regional food prices, farmer incomes, food consumption by the poor, and climate.

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Shanhui Fan Electrical Engineering Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal, Transportation Photonic band gap materials and nanoscale photonic devices. Thermophotovoltaics. Control of thermal radiation. Nanostructured solar cells. Wireless charging of electric cars. Detailed Profile
Christopher Field Biology, Carnegie - Global Ecology, Environmental Earth System Science Bioenergy, Climate, Land Use

Integrating large-scale solar projects with biofuel production in deserts. Impacts on climate of converting land use from food to biofuel crops. Climate benefits of converting biofuel crops from annual plants to perennials. Global potential of bioenergy.

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Martin Fischer Civil & Environmental Engineering, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center Buildings Virtual design and construction. Detailed Profile
John Fox Applied Physics, SLAC Transportation

Trip estimation techniques to better manage hybrid vehicle batteries. Energy interests in transportation systems, energy efficiency and education of scientists and non-scientists in energy policy and technology.

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Wolf Frommer Biology, Carnegie - Plant Biology Bioenergy Key mechanisms for distributing energy in plants and fine tuning biomass. Cellulose production - polymer synthesis and extrusion. Nitrogen efficiency--reducing fossil fuels in making fertilizers. Detailed Profile
Kelly Gaffney SLAC - Photon Science Renewable Fuels Electron transfer dynamics. Mechanisms for directed and efficient channeling of solar energy to chemical energy. Multi-exciton generation efficiency in nano-structured materials. Detailed Profile
Theodore Geballe Applied Physics Superconductors

Research leading to superconductors with higher transition temperatures and improved current carrying capability that can improve the generation and transmission of electrical energy.

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J. Chris Gerdes Mechanical Engineering Combustion, Transportation Using control systems to reduce the environmental impact of automobiles. Unmanned electric vehicles. Homogeneous charge compression ignition engines. Detailed Profile
Margot Gerritsen Energy Resources Engineering Enhanced Oil Recovery, Solar Thermal

Models to predict the performance of enhanced oil recovery methods, particularly gas injection and in-situ combustion. Improved siting of large-scale concentrating solar power projects. 

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David Golden Mechanical Engineering Air Quality, Climate, Combustion, Transportation

Chemical kinetics, such as determination of bond dissociation energies. Rate constants for reactions of OH with fuels. Optimization of synthetic oxygenated fuels. Hydrogen effects on climate, stratospheric ozone and air pollution.

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David Goldhaber-Gordon Physics Superconductors Behavior of electrons confined to nanostructures. Tuning electronic and optical properties of materials and nanostructures using electrolyte gating, to optimize materials for energy conversion. Detailed Profile
Dimitry Gorinevsky Electrical Engineering Electric Grid Big data analytics for asset management. Risk-adjusted forecasting of electric power load. Systems and controls analysis of power systems with distributed generation. Detailed Profile
Larry Goulder Economics, Hoover Task Force on Energy Policy, Stanford Environmental & Energy Policy Analysis Center Energy Markets, Law, Tax & Regulation

The environmental and economic impacts of U.S. and international environmental policies, including policies to deal with climate change, and with pollution from power plants and automobiles. Strengths and weaknesses of a carbon tax. Design of cap-and-trade systems. Obama administration's "Clean Power Plan."

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Dian Grueneich Hoover Task Force on Energy Policy, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center Buildings, Finance & Subsidies, Law, Management & Innovation, Sensors & Data, Tax & Regulation

The next generation of of policies, programs and technologies to conserve electricity in buildings. Use of deep data to deliver energy efficiency. New business models for U.S. electric utilities in an environment of no growth for electricity consumption. Integrating clean energy goals with water, air quality and transportation goals. Implementation of the Obama administration's proposed rules to reduce CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants. Modernizing California's electric grid. Streamlining California's sustainable energy bureaucracy. 

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Turgut Gur Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion, Mechanical Engineering Batteries & Fuel Cells, CO2 Capture, Storage & Conversion, Renewable Fuels

Electrochemical energy conversion, and storage materials and processes. Fuel cells for methane, hydrogen and solid fuel conversion. CO2 and water electrolysis for energy storage (methane). Coal-fired fuel cell with CO2 capture.

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Ronald Hanson Mechanical Engineering Combustion, Transportation Development of laser-based diagnostics to optimize performance and minimize pollution of combustion and propulsion systems. Synthetic oxygenated fuels. Sensors for advanced combustion. Rate constants for reactions of OH with fuels. Detailed Profile
James S. Harris Electrical Engineering Green Computing, Photovoltaics New materials for electronic and optoelectronic devices. Low-cost, thin-film solar using III-V compound semiconductors including III-nitrides. Tiny, highly efficient semiconductor lasers for low-energy data interconnects. Detailed Profile
Stefan Heck Precourt Institute Finance & Subsidies, Management & Innovation, Tax & Regulation

Innovation, energy and resource economics. Designs for new investment vehicles and modification of existing ones.


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Siegfried Hecker Materials Science & Engineering Economic Development & Equity, National Security Managing the global expansion of nuclear power while avoiding the proliferation of nuclear weapons, with special attention to the nuclear aspirations of states such as North Korea and Iran. Detailed Profile
Sarah Heilshorn Materials Science & Engineering Batteries & Fuel Cells Self-assembly of nanostructures from the natural protein clathrin to act as templates for metallization, which could potentially be of interest as experimental battery electrodes. Detailed Profile
Roland Horne Energy Resources Engineering Geothermal, Enhanced Oil Recovery, Unconventional Oil & Gas

Geothermal, oil and gas reservoir engineering. Energy production optimization. Enhanced geothermal systems. Well test interpretation. Tracer analysis of fractures.

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Mark Horowitz Electrical Engineering Green Computing Developing energy efficient electronic solutions. Circuit, architecture and application optimization tools to minimize energy needed for each task. Applications from server farms to imagers in mobile platforms. Detailed Profile
Robert Huggins Materials Science & Engineering Batteries & Fuel Cells, Grid Scale Storage

Overview of advanced batteries. New types of long life, safe and inexpensive alkali metal batteries to connect wind and solar sources to the electrical grid. Hydrogen transport and hydride formation in metals, alloys and intermetallic compounds for use in vehicular fuel cells and batteries. Materials and phenomena in lithium-ion batteries. 

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Gianluca Iaccarino Mechanical Engineering Buildings, Solar Thermal, Wind

Developing new computational methods to design and analyze renewable energy, including solar thermal devices. Using current supercomputers and next-generation high performance systems for multidisciplinary optimization to increase wind turbine power output and reduce noise. Modeling natural ventilation in energy efficient buildings using high-fidelity simulations.

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Dan Iancu Electric Grid New tools for making decisions in complex operational settings. Optimizing power dispatching for energy utility networks in the presence of uncertain demand and supply. Detailed Profile
Mark Z. Jacobson Civil & Environmental Engineering Air Quality, Climate, Integrated Modeling, Wind Developing large-scale clean, renewable energy solutions to global warming, air pollution and energy security. Modeling energy's effects on health and climate. Quantifying wind, water, and solar energy resources and reducing the impacts of their intermittency. Potential damping effect of large, ocean-based wind farms on hurricanes. Detailed Profile
Thomas Jaramillo Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion, Chemical Engineering, SUNCAT Center for Interface Science & Catalysis Batteries & Fuel Cells, CO2 Capture, Storage & Conversion, Renewable Fuels

Tailoring solid-state surfaces for effective catalysis in both the production and consumption of energy. Developing devices for storing renewable electricity based on chemical transformations. Converting CO2 and water into sustainable fuels and chemicals. Tools include nanoparticles, metals, alloys, sulfides, nitrides, carbides, phosphides, oxides, and biomimetic organo-metallic complexes.

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Ramesh Johari Management Science & Engineering Electric Grid, Energy Markets Design and management of the electric grid. Model and analyze efficient market mechanisms for resource allocation on the grid, using tools from operations research, engineering and economics. Detailed Profile
Matthew Kanan Chemistry Renewable Fuels Producing ethanol from carbon monoxide gas with a copper catalyst. Electrochemical CO2 and nitrogen gas reduction. Oxide-derived metal nanoparticle catalysts. Detailed Profile
Aharon Kapitulnik Applied Physics, Physics Superconductors Understanding mechanisms for high-temperature superconductors. Novel phases and phase transitions in disordered and strongly correlated electron systems. Micro- and nano-scale mechanical devices Detailed Profile
Hemamala Karunadasa Chemistry Batteries & Fuel Cells, Photovoltaics, Nuclear Materials for the reversible sequestration of pollutants and for electro- and photo-catalytic conversions relevant for clean energy. Capturing atmospheric CO2 using organic-inorganic hybrid materials. Detailed Profile
Jakub Kastl Economics Energy Markets Impact of emission permits on electricity generation. Multiunit auctions, including those for electricity, in which buyers submit discrete bids and hence their demands are step functions. Detailed Profile
Leonid Kazovsky Electrical Engineering Buildings, Green Computing

Green energy-efficient networks. Green networks for office and residential buildings. Novel photonics for green networks. Energy efficiency in optical and wireless access networks.

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Chaitan Khosla Chemical Engineering, Chemistry Bioenergy

Genetically engineering E. coli bacteria to increase production of fatty acids, or biodiesel, from a biological matter feedstock for use as a transportation fuel.

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Karl Knapp Civil & Environmental Engineering

(Instructor) Expertise in energy resource planning. Subsidies and social costs. Embodied energy. Renewable energy technology development and diffusion. Energy resource value versus cost. Energy-water nexus.

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Brian Knutson Psychology Energy & Behavior Neural mechanisms that support emotion and decision making. Consumer decision making when purchasing major appliances and effects of nudges like eco labeling. Detailed Profile
Charles Kolstad Precourt Institute, Stanford Environmental & Energy Policy Analysis Center Energy Markets, Finance & Subsidies, Law, Tax & Regulation

Environmental economics and industrial organization, with a focus on climate change and energy markets. Uncertainty and learning in strategic contexts regarding the provision of public goods, mostly in the context of international environmental agreements.

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Jonathan Koomey Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance Climate, Green Computing Long-term trends in the energy-efficiency of computing. Economics of efficient data centers. Analysis of climate mitigation strategies. Detailed Profile
Jeff Koseff Civil & Environmental Engineering Environmental fluid mechanics. Turbulence and internal wave dynamics in stratified flows. The transport of mass and energy in estuarine systems such as San Francisco Bay. Detailed Profile
Jon Krosnick Political Science Public Opinion

Surveys documenting public beliefs about global warming and preferences for energy policy for more than 15 years. Monitoring and interpreting processes of opinion formation and change.

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Sanjay Lall Aeronautics & Astronautics, Electrical Engineering Electric Grid Control technologies for networked and distributed systems, including the electric system. Impact on power grid reliability from widespread use of distributed energy resources. Detailed Profile
Jonathan Levav GSB - Marketing Energy & Behavior, Transportation The influence of environmental contextual cues on choices in consumer behavior. Long-term cost information related to fuel efficiency and its impact on car purchasing decisions. Detailed Profile
Philip Levis Computer Science, Electrical Engineering Green Computing Emerging computer systems, such as low-power wireless sensor networks and full duplex wireless. Detailed Profile
Raymond Levitt Civil & Environmental Engineering Buildings, Management & Innovation Ways for the construction industry to overcome barriers to adopting energy-efficient innovations. Designing organizations and governance regimes for sustainable development of energy and civil infrastructure projects. Detailed Profile
Aaron Lindenberg Materials Science & Engineering, SLAC - Photon Science Photovoltaics The speed limits and microscopic processes that determine the performance of devices for energy conversion. Ultrafast properties of nanoscale materials. Detailed Profile
Donghui Lu SLAC, Stanford Institute for Materials & Energy Science Superconductors Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy studies of strongly correlated electron systems, in particular the high temperature superconductors. Detailed Profile
Arun Majumdar Mechanical Engineering, Precourt Institute Batteries & Fuel Cells, CO2 Capture, Storage & Conversion, Climate, Electric Grid, Finance & Subsidies, Grid Scale Storage, Management & Innovation, Thermoelectrics

Nanoscale materials and devices for energy conversion, transport and storage, especially thermoelectric devices and recovery of waste heat. The future of stationary power: electricity grid and natural gas infrastructure, system integration and innovative technologies, finance, policy and business models. Energy's impacts on climate change.

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Ali Mani Mechanical Engineering Batteries & Fuel Cells, Solar Thermal Electrokinetics of microscale and nanoscale porous structures with applications in energy storage, energy conversion, and water purification. Numerical methods for nonlinear electrokinetic phenomena. Detailed Profile
Hari Manoharan Physics, Stanford Institute for Materials & Energy Science Green Computing, Superconductors

Atomic and molecular manipulation for energy-efficient nanotechnology. Designer materials and nanoelectronics. Local response of novel superconductors. Carbon-based devices.

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Gilbert Masters Civil & Environmental Engineering Buildings, Economic Development & Equity, Electric Grid, Photovoltaics, Wind

Analysis, design and evaluation of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, as keys to slowing global warming, enhancing energy security and improving conditions in underserved, rural communities. Green buildings. Wind and solar electricity. Distributed energy systems.

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Pamela Matson Environmental Earth System Science Air Quality, Economic Development & Equity, Climate, Land Use, Natural Gas, Water

Energy in the context of sustainability. Balancing water and energy demands.

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Michael McGehee Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics, Materials Science & Engineering Photovoltaics Low-cost hybrid tandem solar cells with polymer or dye-sensitized cells on top of conventional silicon or CIGS cells. Controlling and characterizing the nanostructure of solar cells and their electronic processes. Transparent electrodes based on silver nanowires. Long-term reliability of solar cells. Detailed Profile
Paul McIntyre Materials Science & Engineering Batteries & Fuel Cells, Photovoltaics Thin films, especially complex metal oxides. Metal-oxide semiconductor anodes for oxidation of water. Low-to-intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells. Multijunction nanowire solar cells. Detailed Profile
Reginald Mitchell Mechanical Engineering Batteries & Fuel Cells, Bioenergy Coal-based power generation involving coal conversion in supercritical water with CO2 capture and aquifer-based sequestration. Coal and biomass utilization in solid oxide fuel cells with CO2 capture. Co-firing coal and biomass during combustion and gasification. Chemical looping combustion with coal and biomass. Coal and biomass conversion in supercritical water for production of liquid fuels. Detailed Profile
Kathryn Moler Applied Physics, Physics Superconductors Specialized magnetic nanoprobes. Magnetic signatures of materials with quantum mechanical and strongly correlated electron behavior. Single vortex dynamics in superconductors. Detailed Profile
Andrew Ng Computer Science Buildings

Energy disaggregation software, which separates a whole-home meter signal into appliance-level data, to help residents reduce energy use through finer understanding of their consumption.

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Anders Nilsson SLAC - Photon Science, SUNCAT Center for Interface Science & Catalysis Batteries & Fuel Cells, Grid Scale Storage For fuel cells, elucidating the steps of the oxygen reduction reaction to overcome power losses at the cathode and finding new catalysts to replace platinum. Carbon nanotubes for hydrogen storage. Detailed Profile
Jens Norskov Chemical Engineering, SLAC - Photon Science, SUNCAT Center for Interface Science & Catalysis Batteries & Fuel Cells, Bioenergy, CO2 Capture, Storage & Conversion, Renewable Fuels

Understanding interface phenomena, including adsorption, surface chemical reactions, heterogeneous catalysis, and photo- and electro-catalysis. Applications include solar fuel production, syngas reactions, biomass conversion, fuel cells, and battery processes.

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Leonard Ortolano Civil & Environmental Engineering Management & Innovation, Tax & Regulation Transfer of wind turbine energy technologies. Liquefied natural gas facility siting in the US. Detailed Profile
Jim Plummer Electrical Engineering Photovoltaics Extending silicon device structures to nanoscale dimensions. Rapid melt growth method to transform amorphous to single crystal for III-V solar cells on bulk silicon substrates. Detailed Profile
Eric Pop Electrical Engineering Green Computing, Photovoltaics, Thermoelectrics Nanomaterials for energy-efficient electronics, including transistors, data storage, integrated circuits, and sensors. Energy harvesting through thermoelectrics. Carbon nanotubes, graphene, and other 2D materials for electronic and thermal applications. Fundamental limits of current and heat flow at the nanoscale. Detailed Profile
Balaji Prabhakar Computer Science, Electrical Engineering Energy & Behavior, Sensors & Data, Transportation Using incentive mechanisms and societal networks for reducing congestion-related costs in transportation, both public and private. Detailed Profile
Friedrich Prinz Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Batteries & Fuel Cells, Photovoltaics

Quantum confined solar cells, including quantum dots, thin barrier layers and transparent electrodes. Solid oxide fuel cells. Photosynthetic membranes and their catalytic behavior.

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Byron Reeves Communication Buildings, Energy & Behavior, Sensors & Data

Creation of a multiplayer game platform linked to home energy sensors to enable empirical research about how serious games can change consumer decisions about energy consumption.

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Mar Reguant GSB - Economics Energy Markets, Management & Innovation, Tax & Regulation Quantifying the impacts of energy and environmental institutions and policies. Auction design on electricity markets. Impacts of carbon policies on energy intensive industries. Restrictions on incandescent light bulbs. Detailed Profile
Stefan Reichelstein GSB - Accounting Finance & Subsidies, Tax & Regulation Cost competitiveness of renewable energy sources, including solar PV, wind and biofuels. Economics of CO2 capture by fossil fuel power plants. Design of alternative regulatory and subsidy mechanisms to achieve CO2 reductions. Detailed Profile
Dan Reicher Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance Finance & Subsidies, Law, Tax & Regulation

Using master limited partnerships and real estate investment trusts to encourage renewable energy investment through fairer taxation. Using energy cost information in calculating terms of building mortgages.

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David Reis Applied Physics, SLAC - Photon Science Photovoltaics, Superconductors Nonequilibrium phonon dynamics. Thermal transport across interfaces between dissimilar materials. Fundamental laser-matter interactions in solids in the high-field limit. Detailed Profile
Burt Richter Hoover Task Force on Energy Policy, Precourt Institute, Program on Energy & Sustainable Development, SLAC Climate, Energy Markets, Integrated Modeling, Nuclear

Global energy system analysis. Energy policy and energy supply issues. Nuclear energy. Reliability versus cost trade-offs in wind energy investments in California. Science policy. 

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Thomas Robinson Pediatrics Buildings, Energy & Behavior, Transportation Applying experimental approaches from public health and medical research to develop family-, school-, and community-based interventions to promote residential, transportation and food-related energy-saving behaviors. Designing "stealth interventions" that harness the motivating characteristics of social movements to promote the overlapping goals of environmental sustainability and health. Detailed Profile
Alberto Salleo Materials Science & Engineering Photovoltaics Structure/property of crystalline and polymeric organic semiconductors for photovoltaics. Upconverting nanomaterials. Advanced characterization of materials. Detailed Profile
Zhi-Xun Shen Applied Physics, Physics, SLAC Batteries & Fuel Cells, Renewable Fuels, Superconductors, Solar Thermal High-temperature cuprate and pnictide superconductors. Photon-enhanced thermionic emission devices, which use solar heat and light. Transition metal oxides as functional energy materials. Multi-scale imaging of energy materials. Diamondoids-nanostructured diamond. Detailed Profile
George Shultz Hoover Task Force on Energy Policy, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, Precourt Institute Finance & Subsidies, Law, Management & Innovation, Nuclear, National Security, Tax & Regulation

U.S. energy policy and its effects on domestic and international political priorities, national security, the economy and global climate. Proposal for a revenue-neutral tax on carbon. Results of low-carbon energy research at U.S. universities. Making nuclear power safer globally, both in terms of accidents and nuclear weapons proliferation.

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Abraham Sofaer Hoover Task Force on Energy Policy Law, National Security Nuclear energy and weaponry proliferation, particularly in Iran. Securing Israel's offshore natural gas resources. Detailed Profile
Olav Solgaard Electrical Engineering Solar Thermal Material processing and fabrication technology for solar concentrators based on graded-index and optical meta-materials to improve output and lower cost in thermal solar and photovoltaic cells. Detailed Profile
Edward Solomon Chemistry, SLAC - Photon Science Batteries & Fuel Cells, Renewable Fuels

Determining the electronic structure of transition metal complexes, which are utilized in oxidation catalysis and fuel cells to facilitate and control oxygen activation and reduction. Hydroxylation of methane (and other simple hydrocarbons) using copper and iron to produce methanol, which could reduce oil dependence and GHG emissions.

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Andrew Spakowitz Chemical Engineering Batteries & Fuel Cells, Photovoltaics A mathematical model for charge transport in semiconducting polymers for insights into the limits of charge mobilities in organic electronic devices. The kinetics and thermodynamics of protein self assembly for potential applications including photovoltaics and energy storage. Detailed Profile
Jonathan Stebbins Geological & Environmental Sciences Batteries & Fuel Cells Atomic-scale structure and dynamics of the ion conducting oxide ceramic materials at the heart of solid oxide fuel cells, with the aim of optimizing performance and lowering cost. Detailed Profile
James Sweeney Management Science & Engineering, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center Buildings, Climate, Energy & Behavior, Energy Markets, Finance & Subsidies, Integrated Modeling, Heating & Cooling, Law, Management & Innovation, Transportation, Tax & Regulation

Energy efficiency technologies, policies and behavior. Energy and climate change policy analysis. Electricity and petroleum markets analysis. Implementation of California's global warming solutions act (AB32). 

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Mark Thurber Program on Energy & Sustainable Development Air Quality, Economic Development & Equity, Energy Markets, Management & Innovation Game simulating California's markets for electricity, reneweble energy and CO2 permits to inform policy. How institutional factors affect the diffusion of technologies, from central electricity generation to cook stoves. National oil companies. Detailed Profile
Gregory Walton Psychology Buildings, Energy & Behavior Social psychology interventions. Developing human-centered, online programs to motivate residents to reduce energy consumption, using social norms, community and goal setting as motivators. Detailed Profile
Zhiyong Wang Biology, Carnegie - Plant Biology Bioenergy The plant growth hormone brassinosteroid, which regulates cell elongation, photosynthesis, flowering, light response, and stress tolerance. This research could lead to increasing crop yield for biomass. Detailed Profile
Shan Wang Electrical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering Green Computing

Magnetic nanotechnology, spintronics and integrated inductors, with applications in energy conversion and storage.

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Michael Wara Law, School of Energy Markets, Law, Tax & Regulation

Climate and electricity policy. Performance of the emerging global market for GHG permits and offsets. Needed improvements to the Obama administration's proposed rules to reduce CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants.

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Robert Waymouth Chemistry Batteries & Fuel Cells, Unconventional Oil & Gas Developing organometallic and organic catalysts. Oxidative conversion of natural gas into liquid fuels without CO2 release. Transition metal catalysts for direct-hydrocarbon fuel cells. Detailed Profile
John Weyant Management Science & Engineering Buildings, Economic Development & Equity, Climate, Energy Markets, Finance & Subsidies, Integrated Modeling, Land Use, Management & Innovation, Transportation, Tax & Regulation

Analysis of global climate change policy options. Energy efficiency analysis. Energy technology assessment. Integrated assessment. Models for strategic planning. Venture capital formation for energy technologies. GHG emissions and economic implications of new shale gas supplies. Market valuation of renewable power plants' ecological benefits.

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Jennifer Wilcox Energy Resources Engineering Batteries & Fuel Cells, CO2 Capture, Storage & Conversion, Renewable Fuels

Cleaner energy production from fossil fuels. Membrane and sorbent design and testing for CO2 capture. CO2 reduction catalysis for fuels. Hydrogen storage and production. Speciation and capture of heavy metals released from coal combustion. Economic and energetic analysis of capturing CO2 from ambient air using technologies such as direct-air capture and accelerated weathering of relevant crushed minerals.

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Frank Wolak Economics, Program on Energy & Sustainable Development Electric Grid, Energy & Behavior, Energy Markets, Finance & Subsidies, Management & Innovation, Water, Tax & Regulation

Energy market design and monitoring. Emissions permit market design, analysis and monitoring. Transmission expansion policy, design and analysis. Methods for least cost integration of intermittent renewable resources. Energy supply and water supply interactions. The impact of pricing and information provision on energy demand. 

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H.S. Philip Wong Electrical Engineering Photovoltaics Multijunction photovoltaic cell using nanowire-based subcells connected in parallel and a plasmonic electrode serving both as a lateral spectral filter and as a light concentrator. Detailed Profile
Jane Woodward Civil & Environmental Engineering

(Instructor) Expertise in life-cycle environmental impacts and tradeoffs in the energy industry. Current trends in energy industries. Energy resource planning.

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Mark Zoback Natural Gas Institute, Geophysics CO2 Capture, Storage & Conversion, Land Use, Natural Gas, Unconventional Oil & Gas

Reservoir geomechanics with emphasis on shale gas and tight gas reservoirs, hydraulic fracturing, the occurrence of induced and triggered earthquakes, and the feasibility of long-term geologic sequestration of CO2.

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Catherine Zoi Precourt Institute

(Instructor) Expertise in emerging clean energy technologies and markets. Energy, climate change and environmental policy and regulation. Big data analytics tools for utilities. Cleantech investing. Natural gas technologies.

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