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 legislative and regulatory debates on energy and climate change at state, national, and international levels, and is currently advising policymakers in Brazil, Indonesia, and the United States on regulatory design issues associated with efforts to integrate terrestrial carbon into climate policy.
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 fields and control of excited-state transformations through synthetic manipulation of molecular structures that exploit large-amplitude molecular motions. This research is motivated to understand how energy and charge flow within complex systems, which is critical in efforts to convert sunlight to electricity or fuel stocks.
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 energy usage through applications such as "smart windows."
Kevin L. Doran, J.D., is an Institute Fellow and Assistant Professor-Research 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. He is also the Managing Director for the Carbon Management Center (CMC), a multi-year research collaboration between the University of Colorado, NREL, the Colorado School of Mines, and Colorado State University. Most recently his research has involved an examination of public policy and regulatory issues pertaining to the implications of shale gas development for communities, environment protection, renewables, and geopolitics. Professor Doran holds a faculty appointment at the Colorado Energy Research Institute located at the Colorado School of Mines.
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 second edition. He is the author of approximately 100 journal and conference papers in the area of power electronics. In 1996, he received the IEEE Power Electronics Society Transactions Prize Paper Award. His current research interests include modeling and control of power conversion systems, modular/multilevel converter systems, and power electronics for renewable energy sources (wind and solar).
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. In addition she's been conducting research in photobiomimetics in collaboration with researchers at Arizona State University making strong in-roads in demonstrating an operational, truly hybrid system that uses inorganic, charge-separating devices, coupled to the hydrogenase enzyme for photoproduction of H2 gas.
Ryan Gill, Ph.D., is an associate professor, Patten Fellow, and C2B2 managing director at CU-Boulder. His research interest is directed genome evolution: new tools and applications. Gill's research falls within the general fields of metabolic engineering and directed evolution. The overarching objective of his group's work is to develop new genetic and genomic tools and applications to improve fundamental understanding of the evolution and engineering of relevant traits in bacteria of industrial and clinical relevance. The group is currently pursuing this objective within the context of bacterial stress tolerance traits, which are broadly significant across many metabolic engineering applications including industrial fermentations, bioremediation, and antibiotic resistance among others.
, 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 incorporate both natural and mechanical ventilation, uncertainty quantification of occupant behavior and its impact, occupancy detection using distributed sensor networks as well as the integration of building energy system operations with the electric grid system, with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. Gregor Henze is a professional mechanical engineer, certified high-performance building design professional (HBDP), active member of ASHRAE, associate editor for ASME’s Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, as well as co-founder and chief scientist of QCoefficient, Inc.
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. More broadly, his research has examined links between energy and environmental policy and transportation markets, property rights and natural resource use, and waste and recycling policy.
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 the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and served a two-year term as ASES Chair in 2000-2001. He was the Chair of two major conferences: the SOLAR 2006 national solar energy conference and the 2012 World Renewable Energy Forum. The latter attracted 2,000 participants from over 60 nations. Kutscher is editor of the 200-page ASES report, Tackling Climate Change in the U.S., which details how energy efficiency and six renewable energy technologies can greatly reduce U.S carbon emissions by 2030. He is an adjunct professor at CU-Boulder where he has taught courses in heat transfer and “Climate Change Solutions." He is also a member and past Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department's Industry Advisory Council.
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 and water splitting; and energy storage, including research on batteries and pseudocapacitors. These efforts aim to understand the fundamental processes of energy conversion and storage to guide the development of future advanced energy technologies.
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 20% Wind Energy by 2030 report in 2008.
, 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. His papers in this field have proven seminal to the understanding of this unique system. From 2001 to the present he has worked as a Scientist at NREL on the energetics and transport properties of single semiconductor nanoparticles (quantum dots) and arrays of nanoparticles using tunneling spectroscopy and microscopy, transient photocurrent, transistor measurements, and computer
modeling. Currently he is the acting Center Director of the Chemical and Materials Sciences Center at NREL
which is comprised of close to 180 Scientists and other staff. He is also a Principal Scientist and is researching
tunneling-induced luminescence and plasmon-resonance imaging of individual quantum dots, the interaction
between carbon nanotubes and organic semiconductors, as well as the use of plasmonic-enhancement effects
in solar-energy conversion systems.