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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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