DAVID T. ALLEN (CHAIR), NAE, University of Texas, Austin
DR. DAVID T. ALLEN (NAE) is the Gertz Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering, and the Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of seven books and over 250 papers, primarily in the areas of urban air quality, the engineering of sustainable systems, and the development of materials for environmental and engineering education. Dr. Allen has been a lead investigator for multiple air quality measurement studies, which have had a substantial impact on the direction of air quality policies. He directs the Air Quality Research Program for the State of Texas, and he is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the American Chemical Society’s journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. The quality of his work has been recognized by the National Science Foundation, the AT&T Foundation, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, and the State of Texas. He has served on a variety of governmental advisory panels and from 2012 to 2015 chaired the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. Dr. Allen received his B.S. degree in chemical engineering, with distinction, from Cornell University in 1979. His M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering were awarded by the California Institute of Technology in 1981 and 1983. He has held visiting faculty appointments at the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Department of Energy.
MARK A. BARTEAU, NAE, Texas A&M University
DR. MARK A. BARTEAU (NAE) is the vice president for research at Texas A&M University. Previously, Dr. Barteau served as Director of the University of Michigan Energy Institute and the inaugural DTE Energy Professor of Advanced Energy Research. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006. Dr. Barteau brings extensive experience as a researcher, inventor, academic leader, and consultant for both U.S. and international organiza-
tions. His research focuses on chemical reactions at solid surfaces and their applications in heterogeneous catalysis and energy processes. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and NASA. Mark received his master’s and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Stanford University in 1977 and 1981, respectively.
MICHAEL BURKART, University of California, San Diego
DR. MICHAEL BURKART is currently a professor and Vice Chair of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at the University of California, San Diego, and Associate Director of the California Center for Algae Biotechnology. His research includes natural product synthesis, biosynthesis, and synthetic biology. He has broad experience in renewable fuels, chemicals, and materials. Dr. Burkart’s laboratory pursues interdisciplinary research in the fields of bioorganic and synthetic organic chemistry and chemical biology. The laboratory is currently involved in the study of algal metabolic pathways with an emphasis on engineering improved biofuel production. Dr. Burkart received his B.A. in chemistry from Rice University in 1994 and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Scripps Research Institute in 1999.
JENNIFER DUNN, Northwestern University & Argonne National Laboratory
DR. JENNIFER DUNN is the Director of Research of the Northwestern-Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering and a Principal Environmental Analyst at Argonne National Laboratory. She is a research associate professor at Northwestern University in chemical and biological engineering. Jennifer investigates life-cycle energy consumption and environmental impacts of advanced transportation and fuel technologies, including biofuels and battery-powered electric drive vehicles. In previous work, Jennifer led life-cycle analysis projects in the United States for URS Corporation and supported mobile source emission reduction programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan.
ANNE M. GAFFNEY, Idaho National Laboratory
DR. ANNE M. GAFFNEY is the director and laboratory fellow of the Process Science & Technology Division of Idaho National Laboratory. She received her doctorate in physical organic chemistry from the University of Delaware in 1981, and a bachelor’s in chemistry and mathematics from Mount Holyoke College in 1976. Having worked at ARCO, DuPont, Rohm and Haas, and Lummus in various research and development (R&D) and leadership roles, she has been a most prolific inventor and an author with 247 patents or patent applications and 99 publications (plus two book chapters and two books edited), as well as 106 presentations or seminars. She has received many awards such as the ACS Award in Industrial Chemistry in 2013, ACS Fellow in 2010, the Tribute to Women in Industry Award in 2007, and the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award in 1999. Anne’s most recent accomplishment
is being the recipient of the 2015 Eugene J. Houdry Award of the North American Catalysis Society.
RAGHUBIR GUPTA, Susteon, Inc.
DR. RAGHUBIR GUPTA is President of Susteon, Inc. as of early 2018. Previously, Dr. Gupta served as the Senior Vice President of the Energy Technology Division at RTI International. Dr. Gupta obtained his B.Tech. degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India, and his Ph.D., also in chemical engineering, from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Dr. Gupta’s technical expertise ranges from coal/biomass gasification, synthesis gas (syngas) cleanup and utilization, syngas conversion into fuels and chemicals including Fischer-Tropsch chemistry, hydrogen production and storage, carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration, desulfurization of hydrocarbon fuels, production of cellulosic biofuels, and industrial water reuse. Dr. Gupta has presented his research work in a number of national and international conferences, published in a number of reputed journals, including a paper in Science, and holds more than 20 U.S. and foreign patents. Dr. Gupta is also a visiting research fellow at the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy at Columbia University in New York.
NILAY HAZARI, Yale University
DR. NILAY HAZARI is currently a professor of chemistry at Yale University. He received a B.Sc. (2002), majoring in chemistry, and a M.Sc. (2003) in inorganic chemistry working with Professor Leslie D. Field at the University of Sydney. He then completed a D. Phil in inorganic chemistry (2006) at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. In 2009 he started his independent career at Yale. His primary research focus is the mechanism-based design of homogeneous transition-metal catalysts for the synthesis of fine and commodity chemicals. A growing interest involves the design and synthesis of small molecules for use in photovoltaics. His approach to developing new catalysts involves detailed experimental and theoretical studies of reaction mechanisms. To date his group has developed state-of-the-art catalysts for the hydrogenation of carbon dioxide to formic acid, the dehydrogenation of formic acid and methanol to carbon dioxide and hydrogen, and palladium- and nickel-catalyzed cross-coupling. His precatalysts for palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling are commercially available from a number of companies on both research (gram) and industrial (kilogram) scales. Professor Hazari has received a number of awards including the American Chemical Society Harry Gray Award for Creative Work in Inorganic Chemistry by a Young Investigator (2017), the Arthur Greer Memorial Prize for Outstanding Scholarship by Junior Faculty Members in the Social Sciences and Sciences at Yale University (2015), the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award (2014), and the National Science Foundation Career Award (2012). In 2013 he was named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and in 2012 an Organometallics Fellow from the American Chemical Society journal Organometallics.
MATTHEW KANAN, Stanford University
DR. MATTHEW KANAN is an associate professor of chemistry at Stanford University. Dr. Kanan develops new catalysts and chemical reactions for applications in renewable energy conversion and CO2 utilization. His group at Stanford University has recently developed a novel method to create plastic from carbon dioxide and inedible plant material rather than petroleum products and pioneered the study of “defect-rich” heterogeneous electrocatalysts for converting carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide to liquid fuel. Dr. Kanan completed undergraduate study in chemistry at Rice University (B.A. 2000 Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa). During doctoral research in organic chemistry at Harvard University (Ph.D. 2005), he developed a novel method for using DNA to discover new chemical reactions. He then moved into inorganic chemistry for his postdoctoral studies as a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he discovered a water oxidation catalyst that operates in neutral water. He joined the Stanford Chemistry Department faculty in 2009 to continue research into energy-related catalysis and reactions. His research and teaching have already been recognized in selection as one of Chemistry & Engineering News’ first annual Talented 12, the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, Eli Lilly New Faculty Award, and recognition as a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Environmental Mentor, among other honors. The Kanan Lab addresses fundamental challenges in catalysis and synthesis with an emphasis on enabling new technologies for scalable CO2 utilization. The interdisciplinary effort spans organic synthesis, materials chemistry, and electrochemistry.
PAUL KENIS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
DR. PAUL J.A. KENIS is the William H. & Janet G. Lycan Professor and Head of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Kenis received his B.S. in chemistry from Nijmegen-Radboud University (1993) and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Twente University in the Netherlands. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University (1997-2000), where his research focused on microfluidics. In 2000 Dr. Kenis started his independent research position as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research program focuses on developing microchemical systems for applications in energy and biology. Presently his efforts focus on electrolysis of CO2 to value-added chemicals, continuous flow microreactors for semiconductor nanoparticle synthesis, microfluidic lung-on-chip platforms, and solid form screening for pharmaceutical formulation. Prior efforts included microfuel cells, microreactors for radiolabeling of biomolecules, and microfluidic platforms for protein crystallization and cell biology studies. His research has been recognized through a 3M young faculty award, an NSF CAREER award, a Xerox Award, as well as best paper awards from the Separations Division of AICHE and the Society for Experimental Biology & Medicine.
HOWARD KLEE, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, retired
DR. HOWARD KLEE currently manages an independent consulting practice based in Geneva, Switzerland, focused on sustainable business practices, programs, and management. Dr. Klee previously worked with Chevron and Amoco-BP before joining the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in 2000. He has served in a number of executive and business functions, including strategic planning, program management, business development, environmental affairs, and manufacturing. Dr. Klee received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Williams College (1967), and his doctorate in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1972). He also completed an executive management program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Business School (1997). He previously served on President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development, and as a Director for the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment. He has held adjunct teaching positions at the University of California (Davis), the University of Michigan, and the University of Geneva, where he has developed and taught courses in engineering design, technical communications, business, and the environment. From 2000 until 2011, Dr. Klee developed and served as Program Director for “The Cement Sustainability Initiative” (CSI) at WBCSD. This program is part of a long-range change management initiative for the cement industry as it reduces its environmental footprint and product impacts, while improving the benefits realized from its activities. Twenty-four geographically diverse companies, eight industry trade organizations, and several partners participate in this global program. The effort is now widely recognized as a leading example of results that can be achieved through voluntary business action to address key sustainability issues. For many years he also directed the WBCSD’s Tire Industry Project and helped manage WBCSD’s activities in China. Since 2013 Dr. Klee has done independent consulting and/or advisory work for the World Business Council, Cement Business Advisory, the Institute of Industrial Productivity, and private-sector clients. Today he is widely recognized for his expertise on sustainability issues in the cement sector. He currently divides his time between Switzerland and California. Dr. Klee also has an active career as an artist, with his paintings held in private collections in Switzerland, France, and the United States.
GAURAV N. SANT, University of California, Los Angeles
DR. GAURAV N. SANT is an associate professor and a Henry Samueli Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he is also the Director of the Institute for Carbon Management. Dr. Sant’s research interests include reactions at solid-liquid-vapor interfaces including dissolution, precipitation, and electrochemical corrosion with applications to (i) cement, concrete, and porous media; (ii) biological tissues; (iii) metals and alloys; (iv) natural and synthetic minerals; and (v) glasses. In his research, focus is placed on understanding the mechanistic origins of formation, degradation, and aging of such materials in environments of relevance to engineered, biological, and geological systems. The outcomes
of this work are described in more than 100 refereed journal publications. Dr. Sant also leads Carbon Upcycling UCLA / CO2Concrete: a precommercial venture based at UCLA that was recently selected as a finalist in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE Competition. Dr. Sant’s research has been recognized by numerous awards, including the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award, a Hellmann Fellowship, RILEM’s Gustavo Collonnetti Medal, the American Concrete Institute’s Walter P. Murphy Jr. and J.C Roumain Awards, and selection as one of UCLA’s Optimists. Dr. Sant received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in civil engineering from Purdue University in 2006, 2007, and 2009, respectively.
CATHY L. TWAY, The Dow Chemical Company
DR. CATHY L. TWAY is the Director for the Materials Science and Engineering Capability of Core Research & Development. In this role, Cathy is responsible for a global team of scientists and engineers specializing in materials science, processing technologies, engineering design, and numerical modeling for predictive engineering. Cathy joined Dow in 2007 as a Research Leader in the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis organization, where she developed and led the Core R&D efforts for catalyst discovery and also introduced several new inorganic materials research programs. Most recently, Cathy was the Director of the Inorganic Materials and Heterogeneous Catalysis Capability within Core R&D, where she was responsible for expanding research capabilities in heterogeneous catalysis, inorganic materials, and characterization. Prior to joining Dow, Cathy held positions at Celanese, Solutia, and AkzoNobel, holding both individual contributor and R&D leadership roles. Her industrial experience covers the entire catalyst project life cycle including front-end identification and creation of new technologies, process scale-up, commercialization, and plant support. Over her career, Cathy has commercialized two inorganic materials and four catalyst technologies, with two of these processes still in use today. Cathy earned her B.S. degree in chemistry from Wichita State University and her Ph.D. in physical inorganic chemistry from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
DAVID M. ALLEN, Senior Program Officer
David is a Senior Program Officer for the National Academies’ Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC). From 2003 to 2015, David worked at the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) Office where he focused on international global change research and international assessment. In this role, he focused on developing and maintaining a comprehensive international portfolio for the USGCRP. Examples of some of the activities include national funding of international research programs (e.g., World Climate Research Programme, Future Earth), recruiting and conducting national reviews of international assessments (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, World Ocean Assessment),
coordinating an interagency international working group, and coordinating funding for regional global change research and capacity building organizations (Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research, Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research, and the SyTem for Analysis, Research and Training). David received his B.A. in sociology and premedical sciences from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and his M.S. in biological oceanography from the University of Washington.
CAMLY TRAN, Senior Program Officer
Camly joined the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2014 as a postdoctoral fellow. During her short time at the Academies, she has led and supported more than ten consensus studies and workshops focused at the intersection of chemistry and policy in four main areas: education, workforce, defense, and research. As a Senior Program Officer, she is currently leading a study on advancing separations science in the United States, supporting the activities of the Chemical Sciences Roundtable, and co-leading a National Academies-wide transformation effort on workforce. She received her Ph.D. in bioinorganic chemistry from the Department of Chemistry at Brown University and her B.S. degree in chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University.
ELIZABETH (BETH) ZEITLER, Senior Program Officer
Beth is a globally experienced energy and transportation analyst, providing science-informed, actionable advice to private- and public-sector decision makers. As a Senior Program Officer of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, she leads studies on key areas of domestic and global energy policy. She has supported studies on vehicle technologies, electric vehicle deployment, and energy resource potential on Department of Energy lands. She is currently leading a study on light-duty vehicle fuel economy technologies and supporting studies of carbon utilization and data science for urban sustainability. Trained as a chemist, Beth earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2014, where she examined electrochemical reactions for carbon dioxide reduction. After completing her Ph.D., Beth initiated her energy and transportation policy work as a Christine Mirzayan Fellow of the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems at the National Academies. To understand how the growing world is being built, from 2015 to 2017 Beth served as a data advisor and AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. foreign assistance agency.
ERIN MARKOVICH, Senior Program Assistant/Research Assistant
Erin is currently a senior program assistant and research assistant with the Board on Atmospheric Science and Climate (BASC) and the Polar Research Board (PRB) at the National Academies. She was born and raised in Naperville, Illinois, a southwest suburb of Chicago. In May 2015, she earned a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric sciences from
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and in August of that year, she moved to Washington, DC, to work for the National Academies. Erin has been a staff member of BASC and PRB since then and has provided support to numerous studies in an administrative capacity. Erin remains connected to the atmospheric science community by staying involved in the American Meteorological Society and furthers her education both formally and informally through coursework and literature readings.
ANNA SBEREGAEVA, Associate Program Officer
Anna joined the Academies in 2016 as an Associate Program Officer of the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology. Prior to that she was a recipient of the American Society for Engineering Education Fellowship and held the position of a postdoctoral research associate at the Naval Research Laboratory. Anna earned her Ph.D. in organometallic chemistry from the University of Maryland College Park and her M.S. degree in inorganic chemistry from the University of Florida. Anna graduated with a B.S. (chemistry) and a B.A. (linguistics) degree from the Herzen State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg, Russia.