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. “SUPPLY,” “USE,” 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 Nuclear energy

Causes, responses, and consequences of the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident.

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Nicole Ardoin Education Efficient buildings, Efficient transportation, Human behavior

Developing a community-based program for reducing residential energy use, working with Girl Scouts of Northern California. Environmental learning and behavior, including transportation.

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Kenneth Arrow Economics Climate change, Policy & law

The implications of discounting and uncertainty for climate and energy policy.

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Gregory Asner Carnegie - Global Ecology, Environmental Earth System Science Climate change, Land use & food, Policy & law

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 storage, Hydrocarbons

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 Climate change, Efficient buildings, Human 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.

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Jack Baker Civil & Environmental Engineering Nuclear energy

Probabilistic and statistical tools for modeling the reliability of nuclear power plants and nuclear waste repositories.

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Shilajeet (Banny) Banerjee Mechanical Engineering Efficient buildings, Human behavior

Developing human-centered, online programs to motivate residents to reduce energy consumption, using social norms and goal setting as motivators.

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Zhenan Bao Chemical Engineering, Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics Batteries, Bioenergy, Solar PV - organic

Nanostructured polymers for low-cost, stretchable batteries. Synthesis of functional organic and polymer materials. Thin-film organic photovoltaic cells. Printable, electrically conductive gel for potential use in energy storage and biofuel cells.

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Lanier Benkard GSB - Economics Efficient buildings, Mgmt & innovation, Human behavior

Dynamic effects of bans on fluorescent light bulbs on consumer decision making, lighting manufacturers, interactions between consumers and firms, and technological innovation.

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Sally M. Benson Energy Resources Engineering, Global Climate & Energy Project, Precourt Institute Energy & climate overview, CO2 storage

Sequestering CO2 in deep underground formations. Energy systems analysis to guide decisions about best options for providing energy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Stacey Bent Chemical Engineering, Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion, TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy Basic energy research, Catalysis, Fuel cells, Solar PV - crosscut tech, Solar PV - thin films

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 CO2 capture, Geothermal / wave / tidal

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.

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Stephen Boyd Electrical Engineering Power grid optimization

Decentralized message passing to constantly optimize an electricity network with many different devices, each with its own complex constraints and objective.

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Adam Brandt Energy Resources Engineering CO2 capture, CO2 storage, Hydrocarbons, Motor vehicle tech

Reducing the environmental impacts of energy systems. 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, Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion, Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics Solar PV - thin films

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.

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Thomas Byers Management Science & Engineering Mgmt & innovation

Entrepreneurship education regarding high-growth and technology enterprises, in particular energy-related technologies.

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Ken Caldeira Carnegie - Global Ecology, Environmental Earth System Science Climate change, CO2 storage, Coal, Wind power

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 Aircraft tech, Bioenergy

New, fast burning fuels for application to hybrid propulsion. Nitrous oxide as a propellant for small space thrusters. Energy neutral biological sewage treatment.

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Mark Cappelli Mechanical Engineering Aircraft tech, Combustion, Fuel cells, Solar thermal

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.

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Christopher Chidsey Chemistry, SLAC - Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource Catalysis, CO2 use, Solar fuels, Fuel cells

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.

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Steven Chu Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Physics Energy & climate overview, Economics of renewables, Efficient buildings, Energy economics, Policy & law

Research pathways to low-carbon energy systems, including alternative and renewable sources, energy storage, smart grid and CO2 capture. 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.

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William Chueh Materials Science & Engineering, Precourt Institute Batteries, Solar fuels, Fuel cells

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

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Craig Criddle Civil & Environmental Engineering Bioenergy, Nuclear energy

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.

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Yi Cui Materials Science & Engineering, SLAC - Photon Science, Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics Batteries, Bioenergy, Solar PV - crosscut tech, Solar PV - organic, Solar PV - thin films

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 nanotube in microbial fuel cell electrodes.

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Hongjie Dai Chemistry Batteries, Catalysis, Fuel cells

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.

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Reinhold Dauskardt Materials Science & Engineering, Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics Aircraft tech, Combustion, Fuel cells, Solar PV - organic

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.  Developing a longitudinally graded index lens as a non-tracking solar concentrator.

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Thomas Devereaux SLAC - Photon Science, Stanford Institute for Materials & Energy Science Basic energy research, Batteries, Solar PV - crosscut tech, Superconductors

Modern computational approaches to electron and photon dynamics. Models for new energy paradigms for developing novel materials for superconductors, photovoltaics and batteries.

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Noah Diffenbaugh Environmental Earth System Science Bioenergy, Commodity markets, Climate change, Land use & food, Water, Tax & regulation

Interactions between climate change, biofuel mandates, and energy and agriculture markets. Interactions between climate and large-scale solar energy projects.

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Jennifer Dionne Materials Science & Engineering Solar PV - crosscut tech

Nanostructured materials for light manipulation, photovoltaics and photocatalysis. Converting low energy photons to higher for greater efficiency in solar cells.

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Sebastian Doniach Applied Physics, Physics, SLAC - Photon Science Basic energy research, Batteries

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.

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Louis Durlofsky Energy Resources Engineering CO2 storage, Hydrocarbons

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 Air quality, CO2 capture, Combustion, Coal, Motor vehicle tech

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.

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Paul Ehrlich Biology Climate change, Efficient buildings, Efficient transportation

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 Power grid optimization

A simulation tool that models all parts of the electrical network, including generation, transmission, intermittent renewable supply, energy storage, distributed generation and electrical vehicles.

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Walter Falcon Economics Bioenergy, Climate change, Economic development, Land use & food

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, Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics Solar PV - thin films, Solar thermal, Motor vehicle tech

Photonic band gap materials and nanoscale photonic devices. Thermophotovoltaics. Control of thermal radiation. Nanostructured solar cells. Wireless charging of electric cars.

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Christopher Field Biology, Carnegie - Global Ecology, Environmental Earth System Science Bioenergy, Climate change, Land use & food

Climate impacts of converting land use to biofuel crops and of converting annual biofuel crops to perennial. Integrating large-scale solar projects with agriculture. Biofuel feasibility. Bioelectricity for vehicles.

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Martin Fischer Civil & Environmental Engineering, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center Construction tech & systems, Efficient buildings

Productivity of designing, building and operating facilities. Sustainability of the built environment. Computer models for port authorities on infrastructure decisions. Virtual design and construction.

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John Fox Applied Physics, SLAC Basic energy research, Efficient transportation, Nuclear energy, Policy & law

Particle beam physics with emphasis on experimental measurements of physical systems and control of unstable particle beams. 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, Land use & food

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.

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Kelly Gaffney SLAC - Photon Science Basic energy research, Solar fuels

Electron transfer dynamics. Mechanisms for directed and efficient channeling of solar energy to chemical energy. Multi-exciton generation efficiency in nano-structured materials.

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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 Air quality, Climate change, Motor vehicle tech

Using control systems to reduce the environmental impact of automobiles. Unmanned electric vehicles. Homogeneous charge compression ignition engines.

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Margot Gerritsen Energy Resources Engineering Geothermal / wave / tidal, Hydrocarbons, Politics & public opinion

Models to predict the performance of enhanced oil recovery methods, particularly gas injection and in-situ combustion. Coastal ocean simulation for wave and tidal energy. Energy literacy.

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David Golden Mechanical Engineering Air quality, Climate change, Combustion

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, Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion Basic energy research, 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.

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Dimitry Gorinevsky Electrical Engineering Power grid optimization

Big data analytics for asset management. State estimation, monitoring and data mining. Systems and controls analysis of power systems with distributed generation.

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Larry Goulder Economics, Hoover Task Force on Energy Policy, Stanford Environmental & Energy Policy Analysis Center Air quality, Climate change, Energy economics, Policy & law

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.

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Turgut Gur Mechanical Engineering Fuel storage, CO2 use, Coal, Solar fuels, Fuel cells

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 Air quality, Aircraft tech, Climate change, Combustion

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.

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Ward Hanson Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research Energy economics, Mgmt & innovation, Policy & law

The economics and marketing of advanced technology, including energy technology. The impact of energy technology on business and policy.

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Matthew Harding Economics Efficient buildings, Energy economics, Human behavior

Behavioral mechanisms that determine environmental choices and energy efficiency. Split landlord-tenant incentives in residential energy consumption. New markets for green energy products.

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James S. Harris Electrical Engineering, Solid State Photonics Lab Efficient computing, Solar PV - thin films

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.

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Siegfried Hecker Materials Science & Engineering Nuclear energy, Security - nat'l & economic

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.

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Sarah Heilshorn Materials Science & Engineering Batteries

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.

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Roland Horne Energy Resources Engineering Geothermal / wave / tidal, Hydrocarbons

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 Efficient 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.

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Robert Huggins Materials Science & Engineering Batteries

Materials and phenomena in lithium-ion batteries. New types of long life, safe and inexpensive alkali metal batteries to connect wind and solar sources to the electrical grid.

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Gianluca Iaccarino Mechanical Engineering Efficient buildings, Solar thermal, Wind power

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 GSB - Operations, Info. & Tech. Power grid optimization

New tools for making decisions in complex operational settings. Optimizing power dispatching for energy utility networks in the presence of uncertain demand and supply.

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Mark Z. Jacobson Civil & Environmental Engineering Air quality, Climate change, Geothermal / wave / tidal, Policy & law, Wind power, Security - nat'l & economic

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.

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Thomas Jaramillo Chemical Engineering, Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion, SUNCAT Center for Interface Science & Catalysis Bioenergy, Catalysis, CO2 use, Solar fuels, Fuel cells

Tailoring solid-state surfaces for effective catalysis. Developing devices for storing renewable electricity based on chemical transformations. Converting CO2 and water into sustainable fuels and chemicals using renewable energy.

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Ramesh Johari Management Science & Engineering Commodity markets, Power grid optimization

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.

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Matthew Kanan Chemistry CO2 use, Solar fuels

Electrochemical CO2 and nitrogen gas reduction. Oxide-derived metal nanoparticle catalysts. Electrokinetic, mechanistic and structural studies.

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Aharon Kapitulnik Applied Physics, Physics Basic energy research, 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

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Hemamala Karunadasa Chemistry CO2 capture, Catalysis, CO2 storage, CO2 use

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.

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Jakub Kastl Economics Commodity 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.

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Leonid Kazovsky Electrical Engineering Construction tech & systems, Efficient computing

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

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Chaitan Khosla Chemical Engineering, Chemistry Bioenergy, Motor vehicle tech

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 Efficient buildings, Human behavior

Neural mechanisms that support emotion and decision making. Consumer decision making when purchasing major appliances and effects of nudges like ecolabeling.

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Charles Kolstad Precourt Institute, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research Commodity markets, Climate change, Energy economics, Policy & law

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 change, Energy economics, Efficient computing, Nuclear energy

Long-term trends in the energy-efficiency of computing. Economics of efficient data centers. Analysis of climate mitigation strategies. Assessment of costs for U.S. nuclear plants.

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Jeff Koseff Civil & Environmental Engineering Water

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.

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Jon Krosnick Political Science Politics & 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 Power grid optimization

Control technologies for networked and distributed systems, including the electric system. Impact on power grid reliability from widespread use of distributed energy resources.

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Jonathan Levav GSB - Marketing Efficient transportation, Human behavior

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.

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Philip Levis Computer Science, Electrical Engineering Efficient computing

Emerging computer systems, such as low-power wireless sensor networks and full duplex wireless.

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Raymond Levitt Civil & Environmental Engineering Economic development, Construction tech & systems, Human behavior

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.

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Aaron Lindenberg Materials Science & Engineering, SLAC - Photon Science, Stanford Institute for Materials & Energy Science Basic energy research

The speed limits and microscopic processes that determine the performance of devices for energy conversion. Ultrafast properties of nanoscale materials.

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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.

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Ali Mani Mechanical Engineering Basic energy research, Batteries

Electrokinetics of microscale and nanoscale porous structures with applications in energy storage, energy conversion, and water purification. Numerical methods for nonlinear electrokinetic phenomena.

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Hari Manoharan Physics, Stanford Institute for Materials & Energy Science Basic energy research, Superconductors, Efficient computing

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 Economics of renewables, Power grid optimization, Efficient buildings, Motor vehicle tech

Analysis, design and evaluation of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Green buildings. Wind and solar electricity. Distributed energy systems. Electric vehicles.

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Pamela Matson Environmental Earth System Science Air quality, Economic development, Land use & food

Environmental and economic impacts associated with various biofuel feedstocks. The effects of rising inputs of reactive nitrogen into the environment from food and energy production.

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Michael McGehee Materials Science & Engineering, Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics Solar PV - crosscut tech, Solar PV - organic

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.

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Paul McIntyre Materials Science & Engineering Solar fuels, Fuel cells, Solar PV - thin films

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.

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Reginald Mitchell Mechanical Engineering Bioenergy, CO2 capture, CO2 storage, Coal, Fuel cells

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.

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Kimberly Moekle Program in Writing & Rhetoric Politics & public opinion

Environmental rhetoric and environmental ethics, with a particular focus on sustainable energy.

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Kathryn Moler Applied Physics, Physics, Stanford Institute for Materials & Energy Science Superconductors

Specialized magnetic nanoprobes. Magnetic signatures of materials with quantum mechanical and strongly correlated electron behavior. Single vortex dynamics in superconductors.

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Andrew Ng Computer Science Efficient 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 Catalysis, Fuel storage, Fuel cells

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.

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Jens Norskov Chemical Engineering, SLAC - Photon Science, Hoover Task Force on Energy Policy, SUNCAT Center for Interface Science & Catalysis Basic energy research, Batteries, Bioenergy, Catalysis, CO2 use, Solar fuels, Fuel cells

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

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Daniel O'Neill Electrical Engineering Power grid optimization, Efficient buildings

Online learning algorithms for electricity network forecasting and scheduling . Data driven (Big Data) methods for energy asset monitoring, management and optimization.  Workload driven methods for energy efficiency and optimization.

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Lynn Orr Energy Resources Engineering, Precourt Institute Energy & climate overview, CO2 storage, CO2 use, Hydrocarbons

Geologic storage of CO2. Multiphase flow in porous media; interactions of high-pressure phase equilibria of multicomponent mixtures with multiphase flow, with applications to enhanced oil recovery by gas injection. Control of coal bed fires.

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Leonard Ortolano Civil & Environmental Engineering Air quality, Water, Mgmt & innovation, Politics & public opinion, Wind power

Environmental implications of China's energy consumption. Transfer of wind turbine energy technologies. Liquefied natural gas facility siting in the US.

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Jim Plummer Electrical Engineering Solar PV - thin films

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.

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Eric Pop Electrical Engineering Efficient computing, Solar PV - thin films

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.

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Balaji Prabhakar Computer Science, Electrical Engineering Air quality, Efficient transportation, Human behavior

Using incentive mechanisms and societal networks for reducing congestion-related costs in transportation, both public and private, with projects in Bangalore, Singapore and Stanford.

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Friedrich Prinz Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion Catalysis, Fuel cells, Solar PV - crosscut tech, Solar PV - thin films

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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Dariush Rafinejad Management Science & Engineering Solar PV - crosscut tech, Finance & subsidies, Mgmt & innovation, Solar thermal, Motor vehicle tech

Solar thermal and PV product design, production, commercialization, investment strategies. Electric vehicle design, production and commercialization. Roadmap to a 100% renewable energy system in the Bay Area.

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Byron Reeves Communication Efficient buildings, Human behavior

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 Commodity markets, Efficient buildings, Mgmt & innovation, Human behavior, Policy & law

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.

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Stefan Reichelstein GSB - Accounting Bioenergy, Economics of renewables, Energy economics, 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.

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David Reis Applied Physics, SLAC - Photon Science, Stanford Institute for Materials & Energy Science Basic energy research, Solar PV - thin films

Nonequilibrium phonon dynamics. Thermal transport across interfaces between dissimilar materials. Fundamental laser-matter interactions in solids in the high-field limit.

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Burt Richter SLAC, Program on Energy & Sustainable Development Energy & climate overview, Climate change, Nuclear energy, Policy & law, Wind power

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 Efficient buildings, Efficient transportation, Human behavior

Applying experimental approaches from public health and medical research to design and evaluate theory-driven, family-, school-, and community-based interventions to promote residential 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.

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Peter Rumsey Civil & Environmental Engineering Efficient buildings, Efficient computing

Energy efficient and sustainable building design. Reducing plug loads to achieve net-zero energy buildings. HVAC energy efficiency. Efficient computing and data center energy management.

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Alberto Salleo Materials Science & Engineering, Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics Solar PV - crosscut tech, Solar PV - organic

Structure/property of crystalline and polymeric organic semiconductors for photovoltaics. Upconverting nanomaterials. Advanced characterization of materials.

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Zhi-Xun Shen SLAC Basic energy research, Superconductors, Hydrocarbons, Solar thermal

High-temperature cuprate and pnictide superconductors. Photon-enhanced thermionic emission devices, which use solar heat and light. Diamondoids-nanostructured diamond. Transition metal oxides as functional energy materials. Multi-scale imaging of energy materials.

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George Shultz Hoover Task Force on Energy Policy, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, Precourt Institute Energy & climate overview, Climate change, Policy & law, Security - nat'l & economic, 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.

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Abraham Sofaer Hoover Task Force on Energy Policy Nuclear energy, Policy & law, Security - nat'l & economic

International law and diplomacy, international relations, national security. Nuclear energy and weaponry proliferation, particularly in Iran. Securing Israel's offshore natural gas resources.

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Olav Solgaard Electrical Engineering Solar PV - crosscut tech

Improving output and lowering cost of photovoltaic cells by developing material processing and fabrication technology for solar concentrators based on graded-index and optical meta-materials.

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Edward Solomon Chemistry, SLAC - Photon Science Catalysis, Fuel cells

Determining the electronic structure of transition metal complexes, which are utilized in oxidation catalysis and fuel cells because of their ability to facilitate and control oxygen activation and reduction.

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Andrew Spakowitz Chemical Engineering Basic energy research, Batteries, Solar PV - organic

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.

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Jonathan Stebbins Geological & Environmental Sciences 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.

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James Sweeney Management Science & Engineering, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center Commodity markets, Energy & climate overview, Efficient buildings, Energy economics, Efficient transportation, Human behavior, Policy & law

Energy efficiency technologies, policies and behavior. Energy and climate change policy analysis. Electricity market analysis. Implementation of California's AB32.

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Joel Swisher Civil & Environmental Engineering

(Instructor) Expertise in energy efficiency technology and policy. Carbon offsets and climate change mitigation. Utility resource planning and economics. The business case for integrating clean energy resources to replace coal.

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Clyde Tatum Civil & Environmental Engineering Efficient buildings

A tool for commercial building owners to screen, prioritize and execute optimal energy efficiency retrofit projects.

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Mark Thurber Program on Energy & Sustainable Development Air quality, Economic development, Mgmt & innovation

Strategy and performance of national oil companies. How institutional factors affect the diffusion of technologies, from central electricity generation to cook stoves or generators for the very poor.

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Gregory Walton Psychology Efficient buildings, Human 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.

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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.

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Shan Wang Electrical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering Basic energy research, Batteries Magnetic nanotechnology, spintronics and integrated inductors, with applications in energy conversion and storage. Detailed Profile
Michael Wara Law, Program on Energy & Sustainable Development Commodity markets, Policy & law

Climate and electricity policy. Performance of the emerging global market for greenhouse gas permits and offsets.

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Robert Waymouth Chemistry Catalysis, Fuel cells, Hydrocarbons

Developing organometallic and organic catalysts. Oxidative conversion of natural gas into liquid fuels without CO2 release. Transition metal catalysts for direct-hydrocarbon fuel cells.

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John Weyant Management Science & Engineering Energy & climate overview, Economics of renewables, Efficient buildings, Efficient transportation, Policy & law

Energy efficiency analysis. Climate and energy policy analysis. Energy technology assessment. Market valuation of renewable power plants' ecological benefits.

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Jennifer Wilcox Energy Resources Engineering CO2 capture, Fuel storage, Coal

Cleaner energy production from fossil fuels. Membrane and sorbent design and testing for CO2 capture. Hydrogen storage and production. Speciation and capture of heavy metals released from coal combustion.

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Frank Wolak Economics, Program on Energy & Sustainable Development Commodity markets, Economics of renewables, Power grid optimization, Energy economics, Water

Energy market design 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. Emissions permit market design, analysis and monitoring.

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H.S. Philip Wong Electrical Engineering Solar PV - thin films

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.

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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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Richard Zare Chemistry Catalysis

Catalytic reactions by means of desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry.

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Mark Zoback Geophysics CO2 storage, Hydrocarbons

Reservoir geomechanics, with particular emphasis on shale gas and tight gas reservoirs, geologic sequestration of CO2, hydraulic fracturing and earthquake triggering.

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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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