The RASEI Big Energy Seminar Series brings nationally and internationally recognized speakers with a focus on large, secure, sustainable energy systems to Colorado. RASEI's goal is to promote a multidisciplinary understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with developing and deploying the 21st century energy industries needed to meet the global energy challenge.

2016 / 2017 Big Energy Series Events

Professor Bjoern Baumeier Eindhoven University of Technology. Multiscale simulations of charge and energy dynamics in organic semiconductors with the VOTCA-XTP software. (PDF)

Professor Michael McGehee, Stanford University. Stable perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells with greater than 23% efficiency and a direction for smart windows. (PDF)

Howard M. Branz, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, RASEI, Principal, Branz Technology Partners. What the heck is ARPA-E and how do I write winning proposals? (PDF)

Dr. Frank Spano, Temple University. Short- and Long-Range Excitonic Coupling in Molecular Aggregates: Introducing a New Paradigm for Designing Organic Optoelectronic Materials. (PDF)

Dr. Mark Philbrick, Program Coordinator, Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office. Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams​. (PDF)

Professor Michael McGehee, Stanford University. How perovskite semiconductors could transform the solar industry. (PDF)

Past Big Energy Series Events

Dr. Nikola Vasiljević, DTU Wind. Past, present and future of multi-lidar instrument long-range WindScanner system. (PDF)

Dr. Toru Namerikawa, Keio University, Yokohama, Japan. Distributed Real-Time Pricing in Multi-period Electricity Market​. (PDF)

Dr. Julie Lundquist, CU-Boulder Fellow. Downwind Impacts of Wind Energy: Measurements and Simulations of Wind Turbine Wakes. (PDF)

Dr. Ping Liu, ARPA-E Program Director. Material and System Approaches to Electrochemical Energy Storage. (PDF)

Stephen Holland, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Optimal Trading Ratios for Pollution Permit Markets. (PDF)

Paul W. King, Biosciences Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Solar Hydrogen Production by Nanoparticle-Hydrogenase Assemblies. (PDF)

Patrick Keller, Institute Curie, Paris, France. Liquid crystalline elastomers as artificial muscles: Biomimicry “in action.” (PDF)

Linda S. Hirst, University of California, Merced. Quantum dots and liquid crystals: applications in solar concentrators and other hybrid devices. (PDF)

David E. Hicks, Ph.D., National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Enhancing the Study of Renewable Energy Through Communication Scholarship. (PDF)

Florian Dörfler, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California Los Angeles. Plug'n'Play Operation of Microgrids: Objectives and Strategies. (PDF)

Dr. Adam Holewinski, Georgia Institute of Technology. Mechanistic Analysis of Electrochemical Oxygen Reduction and Development of Economical Silver‐alloy Catalysts for Low Temperature Fuel Cells. (PDF)

Dr. Mykola Tasinkevych, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. Local Energy Conversion in Catalytic Janus “Micro-motors.” (PDF)

Gabriela Schlau-Cohen, Ph.D., Stanford University; Dynamics of photosynthetic light harvesting:from ultrafast energy transfer to single-molecule conformational fluctuations.(PDF)

Justin Ashworth, Ph.D., Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle, Washington. Adaptive and productive mechanisms of diatoms and microbial systems. (PDF)

Meagan S. Mauter, Carnegie Mellon Universit. Antecedents and Effects of Company Behavior in Energy Technology Development: Insights from the Solar and Shale Gas Industries. (PDF)

Megan N. McClean, Ph.D., Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, Princeton University. Elucidating principles of biological signal processing using microfluidic and optogenetic tools. (PDF)

Kara J. Stowers, Harvard University. Catalytic transformations: Heterogeneous and homogeneous reactions. (PDF)

Stuart F. Simmons, University of Utah. Beowawe to Wairakei: Discovery and Sustainability of Geothermal Resources. (PDF)

Dr. Hailiang Wang, University of California, Berkeley. Materials Design for Electrochemical Energy Storage and Catalysis. (PDF)

Mark Z. Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director; Atmosphere Energy Program, Stanford University, 50 State plans for powering the U.S. with wind, water, and solar power for all purposes (PDF)

Maria L. Ghirardi, NREL and RASEI Fellow; Basic process, barriers, and optimization of algal hydrogen production (PDF)

Dr. Mehrdad “Mark” Ehsani, Directo;, Sustainable Energy & Vehicle Engineering Program, Texas A & M University Sept 19, 2013 (PDF)

Jean Goodwin, Professor of Rhetoric, Iowa State University; Engineering Communication for Resilience in the Face of Controversy (PDF)

Kathryn Johnson, Associate Professor, CSM, Joint Appointee NREL; Wind Turbine Control Systems: Adventures in Research and Teaching (PDF)

Peter Seiler, University of Minnesota; High Reliability Monitoring and Control of Wind Turbines (PDF)

 Vitaly Panov, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland; Energy-efficient Technologies Based on Novel Liquid Crystalline Materials

Dr. Sean Shaheen, University of Denver; Pathways to a New Efficiency Regime for Organic Photovoltaics: The Science and Engineering of Plastic Solar Cells (PDF) (Video)

Eric Martinot, University of California at Berkeley; Renewable Energy Futures to 2050: “Current Thinking” (PDF) (Video)

Chinedum O. Osuji, Chemical and Environmental Engineering Dept., Yale University; Magnetic Fields and Soft Matter - Functional Materials for Energy Applications by Directed Self Assembly of Block Copolymers, Nanowires and Surfactant Mesophases (PDF) (Video)

Greg Scholes, University of Toronto; Design Principles for Light Harvesting 

Jeff Sakamoto, Michigan State University; Keeping up with the increasing demands for electrochemical energy storage: Ceramic oxide electrolytes enabling a new class of safe, high energy density batteries (PDF)

Vojislav Stamenkovic, Argonne National Laboratory, Materials Science Division; Harvesting Energy from Electrochemical Interfaces (PDF)  

Scott Frickel, Washington State University; Socio-environmental Successions: How Cities and Science Respond to Environmental Change (PDF)

Jarod Carbone, University of Calgary; Carbon Taxes and Deficit Reduction (PDF)

Igor Muševič. Ph.D.; Topological soft materials for all-optic low energy photonics (PDF) (Video)

Dr. Christopher J. Orendorff, Sandia National Laboratories; Approaches to Evaluating and Improving Lithium-Ion Battery Safety (PDF) (Video)

Catherine Hausman, UC Berkeley; Corporate Incentives and Nuclear Safety (PDF)

Don Grant, University of Arizona, Integrating Structural Accounts of Climate Change: The Conjoint of Effects of Organizational, World-System, and World Society Factors on Power Plants’ CO2 Emissions. (PDF)

Erich Muehlegger, Harvard, Gasoline Taxes and Consumer Behavior (PDF)

Sandy Butterfield, Boulder Wind Power, Drive Train Innovations for the Next Generation of Wind Turbines (PDF)

David Rapson, Ph.D. University of California, Knowledge is (less) Power: Experimental Evidence from Residential Energy Use (PDF)

John Anderson, Stanford University, Experience and the Evolution of Wind Power Project Costs in the United States (PDF)