RASEI Fellows

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Gregg T. Beckham

Group Leader & Senior Engineer
Gregg T. Beckham, PhD, is a Group Leader at NREL. His research focuses on conversion of biomass to fuels, chemicals, and materials including in the areas of metabolic engineering, fermentation, separations, chemical catalysis, biopolymer production, cellulase enzyme improvements, renewable carbon fiber production, theory and simulation to design biological and chemical catalysts, and lignin valorization.
William Boyd, Ph.D., J.D.,

William Boyd

Associate Professor of Law
William Boyd, Ph.D., J.D., is associate professor of law at CU-Boulder. Boyd worked in the U.S. Senate as counsel to the Committee on Environmental & Public Works, the committee of primary jurisdiction over climate change legislation. He then practiced energy and climate change law for several years in Washington, D.C., with a particular focus on carbon market design, electricity regulation, and renewable energy. He continues to be actively involved in...
william.boyd@colorado.edu     (303) 492-7320
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Jeffrey Cameron

Institute Fellow • Assistant Professor
Jeffrey Cameron, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at CU Boulder. His research group focuses on the principles and mechanisms underlying the spatial and temporal organization of photosynthesis in cyanobacteria and eukaryotic organelles using synthetic biology and microscopy. Ancestors of modern day cyanobacteria were the first to perform oxygenic photosynthesis. These reactions have changed the atmospheric composition of this planet and have dramatically shifted...
Niels H. Damrauer

Niels H. Damrauer

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Niels Damrauer, Ph.D., is associate professor of chemistry at CU-Boulder. He and his team are developing a research program that brings together strategies for actively controlling the photochemical and photophysical reactivity of electronically, structurally, and reactively complex systems. He is especially interested in discovering new types of photochemistry as well as the physical and synthetic strategies for achieving it. Areas being targeted are control of photochemistry using complex shaped laser...
Niels.Damrauer@colorado.edu     303 735 1280
Daniel Dassau

Daniel Dassau

Professor
Dan Dessau, Ph.D., is a professor of physics at CU-Boulder. His research interests center around using femtosecond optics and electron spectroscopic tools for the study of the electronic structure, magnetic structure, and phase transitions of novel materials systems such as high temperature superconductors (HTSCs or cuprates) and colossal magnetoresistive oxides (CMRs or manganites). Dessau is leading research into tungsten oxide (WO3) compounds which have the potential for dramatic decreases in...
Dessau@Colorado.edu     303-492-1607
Professor Kevin L Doran

Kevin Doran

Institute Fellow • Research Professor • Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy (on assignment)
Kevin Doran, J.D., is an Institute Fellow and Research Professor at the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), a joint institute of the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he leads the Law & Policy Group. Professor Doran is currently on assignment to the U.S. Department of Energy, where he serves as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Science and Energy. Previously, he served as Director of the Office of Technology Transfer at the U.S. Department of Energy. While at DOE, Professor Doran leads major planning and strategy initiatives encompassing ~$10B in research and development, thousands of program elements, and 13 DOE National Laboratories constituting a workforce of ~4000 Federal staff and 30,000 National Laboratory staff. As Director of the Office of Technology Transfer, he led a team of senior federal employees tasked with policy analysis, inter-agency coordination, and stakeholder engagement. Professor Doran is an Institute Fellow (elected) and Professor (Research) at the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, a joint institute of the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Colorado Boulder. Prior to this appointment, Kevin served as Managing Director for the Carbon Management Center, a research collaboration between the University of Colorado, NREL, the Colorado School of Mines, and Colorado State University. Earlier in his career, he worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Colorado Law School, specializing in legal scholarship and interdisciplinary analysis related to international law, clean energy, climate change, oil and gas, and environmental security. Kevin holds a faculty appointment at the Colorado Energy Research Institute located at the Colorado School of Mines. He is the author and co-author of numerous scholarly articles and book chapters on climate and energy law and policy. Kevin graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 2003, where he was editor of the Law Review.
dorank@colorado.edu     (303) 492-5127
Robert Erickson

Robert Erickson

Caroline and Wilfred Slade Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Robert W. Erickson, Ph.D., is a member of the faculty of electrical and computer engineering at CU-Boulder, where he served as department chair in 2002-2006. He is currently the Caroline and Wilfred Slade Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He co-directs the Colorado Power Electronics Center with Dragan Maksimovic. Erickson is a fellow of the IEEE and is the author of the textbook Fundamentals of Power Electronics, now in its...
rwe@colorado.edu     (303) 492-7003
Maria Ghirardi

Maria Ghirardi

Research Associate Professor
Maria Ghirardi, Ph.D., is a principal scientist and group manager at NREL's Bioscience Center. Her record of successful DOE-funded projects in the area of biohydrogen is impressive, and she is recognized as an international expert in photobiological H2 production research, serving on a number of advisory panels. Ghirardi's current interest is in algal liquid fuels, in which she has contributed to the development of DOE's Office of Biomass Algal Roadmap...
maria.ghirardi@nrel.gov     (303) 384-6312
Ryan Gill

Ryan Gill

RASEI Associate Director
Professor Gill is an Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado with expertise in Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology. Prof. Gill joined CU in 2001 after postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and PhD/MS/BS educations at the University of Maryland and the Johns Hopkins University. Prior to his new appointment at RASEI, Prof. Gill was the founding Managing Director at the Colorado Center...
David Ginley

David Ginley

Research Fellow
David Ginley, Ph.D., is a research fellow at NREL. He is currently involved in the study of the general class of defective transition metal oxides including high temperature superconductors, LiTMO2 rechargeable Li battery materials, ferroelectric materials, transparent conducting oxides and electrochromic materials. His group is also focused on the development of new nano-materials for organic electronics such as organic photovoltaics and as biofilters etc. In the area of organic electronics...
Fellow Don Grant

Don Grant

Professor & Department Chair of Sociology
Don Grant is Chair of Sociology at CU Boulder. His past research on energy and environmental issues examined the effectiveness of U.S. states’ climate policies in reducing power plants’ carbon pollution and the uneven distribution of CO 2 emissions within countries’ electricity sectors. Currently, he is extending this research to investigate the effects of organizational characteristics, international trade, non-governmental organizations, inequality, entrepreneurial activity, and national energy regulations on individual power...
Gregor P. Henze

Gregor P. Henze

Professor of Architectural Engineering
Gregor P. Henze, Ph.D., P.E. is a professor of architectural engineering at the University of Colorado, where his teaching focuses on thermal environmental engineering, mechanical systems design, building control and automation systems, advanced solar systems, applied data analysis for energy scientists and engineers, as well as sustainable building design. His research includes model predictive optimal control of building energy systems and building thermal mass, control strategies for mixed-mode buildings that...
Michael Himmel

Michael Himmel

Principal Investigator, Group Manager
Michael Himmel, Ph.D., is a principal scientist and principal group manager (BioMolecular Sciences Group) at NREL. The BMS group is comprised of 30 staff scientists supported by programs and grants totaling about $11M per year. He is the NREL principal investigator for the DOE Office of Science funded BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) led by ORNL as well as a DOE SciDAC grant for building enhanced MD codes (co-led by M...
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Adam Holewinski

Institute Fellow • Assistant Professor
Adam Holewinski, Ph.D., is an Asst. Prof. in Chemical and Biological Engineering at CU Boulder. His research interests include efficient processes for the production of energy, as well as commodity and fine chemicals, with emphasis placed on electrochemical routes—i.e. the direct interconversion between electrical energy and the energy of chemical bonds. These processes are particularly suited to utilize power from renewables like wind and solar and can generally operate at...
adam.holewinski@colorado.edu     303-492-3153
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Jonathan E. Hughes

Assistant Professor of Economics
Jonathan Hughes is an Assistant Professor of Economics and non-rostered core faculty member in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his Ph.D. in Transportation Technology and Policy from the University of California at Davis in 2009. Jonathan has a background in mechanical engineering (BSE, Duke University) and materials science (MSE, Cornell University). His research interests include climate change policy, gasoline, electricity and renewable energy markets.
David Jonas

David Jonas

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
David Jonas, Ph.D., is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at CU-Boulder. Jonas and his group used femtosecond lasers to demonstrate the first optical analogs of early two-dimensional NMR experiments. The approach is now widely used to measure fast electronic and vibrational motions in disordered environments such as liquids, proteins, and semiconductors, but more work is needed to develop 2D spectroscopy as an analytical technique. Jonas' group has used 2D...
Daniel Kaffine

Daniel Kaffine

Institute Fellow • Associate Professor of Economics
Daniel Kaffine, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at CU Boulder. His research interests are in resource, energy and environmental economics. Recent and ongoing projects examine the impact of allowing hybrid vehicles to use HOV lanes, the general equilibrium effects of Renewable Portfolio Standards, the impact of wind power on emissions across the US, and the role of property rights and institutions in wind power development...
daniel.kaffine@colorado.edu     303.492.6652
Carl Koval

Carl Koval

Chemistry Chair
Dr. Carl Koval, RASEI’s founding Associate Director for Research and was instrumental in developing RASEI from a concept (EI) to a university initiative in renewable energy. Carl served as CHEM Department Chair from 1998-2001. Beginning in 2006, he has played several key roles in the development of the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory, including serving as Institutional Coordinator for the Boulder Campus and on the Project Management Team for the Center...
Carl.Koval@colorado.edu     303 492 5564
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Benjamin Kroposki, Ph.D., PE, FIEEE

Director
Dr. Benjamin Kroposki is the Director of the Power Systems Engineering Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) where he leads NREL’s strategic research in the design, planning and operations of electrical power systems. He received his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and PhD from the Colorado School of Mines. His expertise is in the design, testing, and integration of renewable and distributed power systems...
Chuck Kutscher

Chuck Kutscher

Director, Buildings and Thermal Systems Center
Chuck Kutscher, Ph.D., is Director of the Buildings and Thermal Systems Center at NREL. His research projects have included the design and construction of a solar cooling test laboratory, the production of NREL's solar industrial process heat design handbook, the modeling of advanced power cycles and power plant cooling systems, the development of transpired solar air collectors, and the testing of parabolic trough solar concentrators. He is a Fellow of...
Se-Hee Lee

Se-Hee Lee

Associate Professor
SeHee Lee, Ph.D., is an associate professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, CU-Boulder. His primary research interests have concentrated on nanostructured materials for energy applications, and his laboratory expertise includes thin-film deposition (evaporation, sputtering, PE-CVD, sol-gel synthesis, etc.), electro-optic characterization, AC impedance spectroscopy and electrochemical deposition and analyses techniques. During his ten-year tenure at NREL, he was engaged in the research and development of a variety of technical subjects: solid-state thin-film...
Julie Lundquist

Julie Lundquist

Assistant Professor
Julie Lundquist, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at CU-Boulder. She and her group investigate the dynamics of the atmospheric boundary layer, with applications to wind energy, urban meteorology, and surface-atmosphere interaction. They employ numerical weather prediction models such as the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model and other large-eddy simulation capabilities, and they participate in field experiments to expand our understanding of the atmospheric boundary layer. To support broad integration...
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Pin-Ching Maness

Principle Investigator & Group Manager
Pin-Ching Maness is a Principal Scientist and Photobiology Group Manager of NREL’s Biosciences Center. She is currently involved in several DOE funded projects including gaining insight into mechanistic details of redox enzymes, probing design principles for biosystems redesign, and developing microbial platforms to enable solar- or biomass-conversion technologies for the production of biofuels and biochemicals. Her effort in developing the biomass-to-hydrogen technology has been recognized by DOE as a NREL...
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Michael Marshak

Institute Fellow • Assistant Professor
Michael Marshak, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of chemistry at CU-Boulder. His research program spans the fields of organic and inorganic chemistry to make new chemicals and materials. Specifically, he plans to investigate organic reactions featuring new transition metal catalysts, nanoparticle and thin-film materials, and chemical transformations related to biomass and carbon dioxide. Michael has helped to pioneer the use of organic materials called quinones for flow batteries, a promising...
michael.marshak@colorado.edu     RASEI 303-492-0221
Angelo Mascarenhas

Angelo Mascarenhas

Scientist and Team Leader
Angelo Mascarenhas, Ph.D., is a principal scientist and team leader for Solid State Spectroscopy in the Center for Basic Sciences at NREL. He works in the area of spectroscopic research on photovoltaic materials for improved and advanced solar cells. He has done extensive research on harnessing the material consequences of semiconductor alloy instabilities such as spontaneous ordering and spontaneous composition modulation for optoelectronic applications. His current research focuses on the...
Will Medlin

Will Medlin

Associate Professor
Will Medlin, Ph.D., is an associate professor and associate chair in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, as well as the Managing Director of the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels. Medlin and his group investigate reactions at solid surfaces for renewable and sustainable energy applications. The group is particularly focused on interfacial chemistry important in the conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals. Biomass-derived carbohydrates and lipids contain...
Charles B. Musgrave

Charles B. Musgrave

Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Charles Musgrave, Ph.D., is a professor of chemical and biological engineering and professor by courtesy of chemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder. His program involves the application of a wide variety of quantum mechanical modeling methods to problems in the energy sciences. His program includes research on photovoltaics, including singlet fission and exciton transport and splitting for more efficient organic solar cells; catalysis, including the chemical reduction of CO2...
charles.musgrave@colorado.edu     (303) 735-0411
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Prashant Nagpal

Institute Fellow • Assistant Professor
Prashant Nagpal is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and the co-Founder, co-CSO and member of the Board of PRAAN Biosciences Inc. Prashant earned his Ph.D. from University of Minnesota and completed his post-doctoral research at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He leads an interdisciplinary research group with emphasis on design of nanomaterials and processes for applications in energy and biology. He has published over 30 manuscripts in...
prashant.nagpal@colorado.edu     RASEI 303-492-9311
Robin Newmark

Robin Newmark

Principal Program Manager
Robin L. Newmark is Associate Laboratory Director, Energy Analysis and Decision Support at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Dr. Newmark has led or contributed to programs involving energy, climate and water issues, including the interdependence of water and energy systems. She serves in an advisory capacity to such diverse groups as the multi-national laboratory Energy-Water Nexus consortium, the U.S. – China Expert Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) Steering Committee,...
Arthur Nozik

Arthur Nozik

Senior Research Fellow
Arthur J. Nozik, Ph.D., is a senior research fellow at NREL and professor adjoint in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at CU-Boulder. In 2009 Nozik, was selected as associate director of a joint Los Alamos National Lab/NREL Energy Frontier Research Center for DOE. In 2007, he was appointed the scientific director of the new Center for Revolutionary Solar Photoconversion under the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory. Nozik's research interests include...
Lucy Pao

Lucy Pao

Richard and Joy Dorf Professor
Lucy Y. Pao, Ph.D., Lucy Pao is currently the Richard and Joy Dorf Professor in the Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering Department at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her primary research focus is in the control systems area, with applications to flexible structures, atomic force microscopes, disk drives, tape systems, and wind turbines and wind farms. She earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Selected...
Bryan Pivovar

Bryan Pivovar

Senior Scientist
Bryan Pivovar, Ph.D., is senior scientist, leading fuel cell R&D activities at NREL. Pivovar has been involved in fuel cell research for more than 15 years, He joined NREL in May of 2008, and since has grown a fuel cell R&D program that had ~$100k/yr funding, into a program that has a projected annual budget of ~$5M/yr for 2010. Prior to joining NREL, Pivovar was at Los Alamos National Lab...
Mike Robinson

Mike Robinson

Deputy Director
Mike Robinson, Ph.D., is deputy director of the National Wind Technology Center at NREL, which provides the wind industry with the expertise, technical support, and equipment it needs to develop successful advanced wind energy systems. He manages basis and applied research activities for DOE's wind technology application activities at NREL, including low wind speed technology, enabling research, offshore wind and ocean technology programs. Robinson was a lead author for DOE's...
Charles Rogers

Charles Rogers

Professor
Charles Rogers, Ph.D., is a physics professor at CU-Boulder. His laboratory has a long history of work on thin-film materials including energy-oriented materials such as high temperature superconductors and transparent conductors, with the best collection of novel thin-film growth systems available on the CU-Boulder campus (four laser ablation systems, six-target sputtering system, 9kV e-gun deposition system, two thermal evaporators). The lab also has a long history of working with nanofabricated...
Garry Rumbles

Garry Rumbles

RASEI Associate Director for Research
Garry Rumbles, Ph.D., is a research fellow at NREL and an adjoint professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at CU-Boulder. Rumbles joined NREL in 2000 and is widely recognized for his research in photochemistry and photophysics of conjugated molecular systems, energy conversion in organic light emitting diodes and organic photovoltaic devices, and nanoscale morphology. In 2004, he was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Rumbles...
Sean Shaheen

Sean Shaheen

Institute Fellow • Associate Professor
Sean Shaheen, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at CU-Boulder. His research interests focus on organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices for low-cost, renewable energy harvesting. His group and collaborators engage in a wide range of activities in OPV research, including studying fundamental aspects of energy transfer and exciton dynamics, measurements of charge transport and recombination behavior, and modeling of device physics using various numerical techniques. More...
sean.shaheen@colorado.edu     303-492-9627
Ivan Smalyukh

Ivan Smalyukh

Associate Professor
Ivan Smalyukh, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and the NSF-sponsored Soft Matter Materials Research Center at CU-Boulder. Smalyukh's research centers on organizing principles of nanoscale material self-assembly and light-matter interactions. Smalyukh and his research group are studying the long-range ordered molecular and nanoparticle organization with the focus on applications in organic photovoltaic solar cells. Smalyukh is organizing annual inter-continental advanced materials for photonics (I-CAMP) summer...
John Turner

John Turner

Research Fellow
John Turner, Ph.D., is a research fellow at NREL. Turner is recognized as a world–class scientist and international spokesperson for hydrogen energy and for his contribution in hydrogen production via photoelectrochemical splitting of water and in the development of fuel cells. He received the DOE Office of Science Outstanding Mentor Award and has co–authored more than 100 technical publications.
Jao van de Lagemaat

Jao van de Lagemaat

Acting Center Director of the Chemical and Materials Sciences Center
Jao van de Lagemaat, received his PhD in 1998 from the University of Utrecht. He worked on the exciton dynamics, charge transport properties, and the physical and chemical properties of interfaces of large band gap semiconductors like SiC, GaP, GaN and diamond. From 1998 to 2001 he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. His studies focused on charge transport and recombination in dye-sensitized solar cells...