CEI Faculty Advisory Board

J. Devin MacKenzie

Technical Director, Washington Clean Energy Testbeds
Washington Research Foundation Associate Professor of Clean Energy, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: electronic materials, including organic semiconductors, nanomaterials, photovoltaics, thin film batteries and printed and flexible electronics.

Brandi Cossairt

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

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CEI-related research interests: Developing new materials for energy-efficient LED technology, solar energy harvesting, and fuels generation

Daniel R. Gamelin

Harry and Catherine Jaynne Boand Endowed Professor of Chemistry

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CEI-related research interests: Development and physical characterization of new functional inorganic materials with unusual electronic structures that give rise to desirable photophysical, photochemical, chemical, electronic, magnetic, or magneto-optical properties

Daniel Kirschen

Close Professor, Electrical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Achieving optimal balance between providing a reliable grid service, minimizing the cost of providing energy, and reducing the environmental impact of the electrical system while facilitating the use of renewable energy sources.

Christine Luscombe

Robert J. Campbell Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Small molecule to polymer synthesis; design, synthesis, and applications of functional macromolecules

Jim Pfaendtner

PI and Director of DIRECT
Jagjeet and Janice Bindra Endowed Career Development Professor
Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Renewable energy, modeling of organic photovoltaics and complex ionic solutions, multiscale modeling

Gerald T. Seidler

Professor, Physics

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CEI-related research interests: Using synchrotron x-ray light sources to study problems in basic, applied, and environmental energy science.

Xiaodong Xu

Assistant Professor, Physics and Materials Science and Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Optical, electronic, and quantum properties of novel solid state nanostructures

The Washington Research Foundation has provided a six-year gift of $6.74 million to support nine new faculty hires, six postdoctoral researchers and the creation of a new experimental manufacturing facility on campus that will help move discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace. This investment in the CEI is truly transformational.”
– Daniel Schwartz, CEI Director
“Providing clean energy to the inhabitants of our planet is a major challenge to future generations. The University of Washington is to be congratulated for establishing an Institute where faculty and students can work together to tackle the difficult global challenge of energy sustainability.”
– Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Energy competition is opening up in a variety of ways, the push for carbon control will continue, and the rate of technology advancement is exponential. All the things I’ve seen at the CEI are just perfect for the way we see things going in energy. You guys are at the cutting edge. We’re counting on you.”
– Ronald Litzinger, President, Edison Energy
Since its founding the Clean Energy Institute has contributed more than $1.1 million toward the education of 66 STEM scholars and recruitment of 12 students through our fellowship programs.