24 Stanford faculty members are fellows of the Precourt Institute for Energy. They help identify new initiatives, support existing initiatives, set strategic direction, and build bridges to their colleagues across schools, disciplines and programs. Their personal research and expertise in energy is listed below. Some of the fellows 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
Sally M. Benson Energy Resources Engineering, Global Climate & Energy Project, Precourt Institute CO2 Capture, Storage & Conversion, Climate, Natural Gas

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 Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion, Chemical Engineering, TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy Batteries & Fuel Cells, Climate, 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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Adam Brandt Energy Resources Engineering Climate, Integrated Modeling, Natural Gas, Unconventional Oil & Gas, Transportation

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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William Chueh Materials Science & Engineering, Precourt Institute Batteries & Fuel Cells, Grid Scale Storage, Natural Gas, Renewable Fuels

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

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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.

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Christopher Edwards Mechanical Engineering CO2 Capture, Storage & Conversion, Combustion, Natural Gas, 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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Christopher Field Biology, Carnegie - Global Ecology, Environmental Earth System Science Bioenergy, Climate, Integrated Modeling, Land Use

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 Buildings, Sensors & Data

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

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J. Chris Gerdes Mechanical Engineering Air Quality, Combustion, Transportation

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

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Larry Goulder Economics, Hoover Task Force on Energy Policy, Stanford Environmental & Energy Policy Analysis Center Air Quality, Climate, Energy Markets, Law, Natural Gas

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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Roland Horne Energy Resources Engineering Geothermal, Enhanced Oil Recovery, Natural Gas

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

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Rob Jackson Environmental Earth System Science, Precourt Institute Climate, Land Use, Natural Gas, Water Quality, Unconventional Oil & Gas, Tax & Regulation

Build predictive, scientific frameworks that help guide policy solutions for global warming, energy extraction, and other environmental issues.

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Mark Z. Jacobson Civil & Environmental Engineering Air Quality, Climate, Integrated Modeling, Wave, 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.

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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. Materials for the capture of radioactive iodine isotopes emitted from nuclear waste.

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Charles Kolstad Precourt Institute, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research Climate, Energy Markets, 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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Arun Majumdar Mechanical Engineering Batteries & Fuel Cells, CO2 Capture, Storage & Conversion, Finance & Subsidies, Grid Scale Storage, Natural Gas

Nanoscale materials and devices for energy conversion, transport and storage; future of stationary power - electricity grid and natural gas infrastructure, system integration and innovative technologies, finance, policy and business models; global warming and climate change

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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.

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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.

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Jens Norskov Chemical Engineering, SLAC - Photon Science, SUNCAT Center for Interface Science & Catalysis Batteries & Fuel Cells, Bioenergy, CO2 Capture, Storage & Conversion, Climate, Renewable Fuels

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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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.

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Friedrich Prinz Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Batteries & Fuel Cells, Bioenergy, Photovoltaics, Natural Gas

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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Ram Rajagopal Civil & Environmental Engineering Buildings, Electric Grid, Energy Markets, Sensors & Data, Wind

Making renewable energy economical. Reducing wind power costs by improving forecasts and buying replacement power later. Matching solar supply with businesses that have price-sensitive demand. Energy consumption, segmentation and forecasting of utility customers.

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Byron Reeves Communication Buildings, END USE/EFFICIENCY, 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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Burt Richter Program on Energy & Sustainable Development, SLAC Climate, Integrated Modeling, Nuclear, Wind

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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Zhi-Xun Shen 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. Diamondoids-nanostructured diamond. Transition metal oxides as functional energy materials. Multi-scale imaging of energy materials.

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James Sweeney Management Science & Engineering, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center Buildings, END USE/EFFICIENCY, Climate, Energy & Behavior, Energy Markets, Finance & Subsidies, Integrated Modeling, Management & Innovation, Sensors & Data, Transportation, Tax & Regulation

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

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John Weyant Management Science & Engineering Buildings, Climate, Energy Markets, Integrated Modeling, Law, Natural Gas, Transportation

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

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Frank Wolak Economics, Program on Energy & Sustainable Development Climate, Electric Grid, Energy Markets, Natural Gas, Water Quality, Water Systems

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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Mark Zoback Geophysics CO2 Capture, Storage & Conversion, Climate, Natural Gas, Unconventional Oil & Gas

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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