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Daniel T. Schwartz

Director, Clean Energy Institute
Boeing-Sutter Professor of Chemical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Performance of complex electrodes used in energy storage and conversion

David S. Ginger

Chief Scientist, Clean Energy Institute
Alvin L. and Verla R. Kwiram Endowed Professor of Chemistry
Washington Research Foundation Distinguished Scholar

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CEI-related research interests: Physical chemistry of conjugated polymers and nanostructured materials with applications in optoelectronics – especially thin film solar cells – and sensing

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.

Stuart Adler

Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Electrochemical engineering, advanced measurement and modeling of solid state electrochemical systems; kinetic, transport, and thermodynamic properties of solids

Graham Allan

Professor, Chemical Engineering

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M.P. (Anant) Anantram

Professor, Electrical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Atomistic modeling of nanomaterials and nanodevices including optical absorption / spontaneous emission rates on strain, energy levels;
Device modeling of photoresponse and photocurrent in nanodevices using the drift-diffusion and quantum transport frameworks; applications include photovoltaics and negative capacitance devices;
Phase change materials and resistive memory devices.

Payman Arabshahi

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
Principal Scientist, Applied Physics Lab

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CEI-related research interests: innovation readiness, optimization, wireless networks, and signal processing.

Karl F. Böhringer

Professor, Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering
Director, Washington Nanofabrication Facility
Director, National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

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CEI-related research interests: microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), manipulation and assembly from macro to nano scales, microfluidic systems for the life sciences, and microrobotics.

Charles Campbell

B. Seymour Rabinovitch Endowed Chair in Chemistry, Chemistry

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CEI-Related research interests: Energy-related and environmental catalysis, interfaces in solar cells and microelectronics, and array-based biochemical analyses.

Youngjun Choe

Assistant Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering
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Guozhong Cao

Boeing-Steiner Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: dye-sensitized and organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells; carbon cryogel supercapacitors; nanostructured electrodes for Li ion batteries; nanocomposites for hydrogen storage; efficient energy conversion (fuel cells)

David Cobden

Professor, Physics

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CEI-related research interests: Nanoscale behavior of strongly correlated materials; Adsorbed atoms on individual carbon nanotube nanoguitars; Monolayer Dirac-valley semiconductors.

Jiun-Haw Chu

Washington Research Foundation Innovation Assistant Professor of Clean Energy & Physics

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CEI-related research interests: Design, growth and characterization of novel quantum materials for energy application, such as high temperature superconductors and topological insulators. 

Corie L. Cobb

Washington Research Foundation Innovation Professor in Clean Energy
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Advanced manufacturing, batteries and energy storage, mechanics of materials, computational design synthesis, stochastic optimization

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

Scott Dunham

Professor, Electrical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: organic photovoltaics and plasmonic-enhanced carrier generation; fundamental modeling and simulation of silicon and chalcogenide solar cells

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

Kai-Mei Fu

Assistant Professor, Physics and Electrical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Semiconductor-based photonics, fundamental understanding of how defects enhance/degrade clean-energy device performance.

Hugh W. Hillhouse

Rehnberg Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Nanomaterials and solar energy conversion; novel device architectures and solution-processed solar cells from Earth-abundant resources

Bruce Hinds

Campbell Professor, Materials Science & Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Membrane focus for flow batteries, value added biofuel separations and water purification.

Vincent Holmberg

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Nanocrystals and nanowires synthesized by scalable solution-based and supercritical fluid-based processes for energy conversion and energy storage applications

Alex K-Y. Jen

Boeing-Johnson Chair Professor and Chair, Materials Science & Engineering Emeritus

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CEI-related research interests: Design and synthesis of functional polymers for photonic and energy applications

Samson A. Jenekhe

Boeing-Martin Professor of Chemical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: conjugated polymer semiconductors: synthesis, properties, self-assembly, and applications in optoeletronics and solar energy conversion technologies.

Jessica Kaminsky

Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Washington

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CEI-related research interests: cultural predictors of clean energy infrastructure construction, microbial fuel cells for sanitation system instrumentation.

Brian Johnson

Washington Research Foundation Innovation Assistant Professor of Clean Energy and Electrical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Power electronics, circuit design, power system dynamics, nonlinear controls and grid integration of renewable energy sources.

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.

Hyun Woo “Chris” Lee

Assistant Professor in Construction Management, University of Washington
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Jiangyu Li

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Hierarchical nanostructured materials with designed size, morphology and distribution of microstructural features for high efficiency energy harvesting and storage

Xiaosong Li

Associate Professor, Chemistry

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CEI-related research interests: Developing and applying electronic structure theories and ab initio molecular dynamics for studying properties and reactions

Jun Liu

Washington Research Foundation Innovation Chair in Clean Energy
Campbell Chair Professor, Materials Science & Engineering
Professor, Chemical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: developing fundamental principles to guide materials synthesis, characterization and application of advanced materials for energy, biomedicine and environment, development and deployment of new materials and technologies for electric vehicles, grid scale energy storage and modern communications.

Lih Lin

Professor, Electrical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Quantum dot nanophotonics; nanostructure-enhanced laser tweezers, micro-instrunmentation by optical MEMS.

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

Hong Ma

Research Associate Professor, Materials Science & Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Organic/Polymer Materials and Surface/Interface Nanoengineering for High-Performance Solar Cells and Low-Power Flexible Electronics.

Donald MacKenzie

Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Modeling the charging decisions of electric vehicle drivers, and implications for electric grid loads and generation emissions; assessing prospective energy efficiency and travel demand implications of vehicle automation;  evaluating the effects of services such as car-sharing and online shopping on total travel demand.

Arka Majumdar

Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Physics

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CEI-related research interests: low power optoelectronics.

Alexander Mamishev

Professor, Electrical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Sensors, electric power applications, MEMS, robotics, manufacturing automation, and energy efficiency.

David Masiello

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

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CEI-related research interests: Theory and simulation in plasmonics, nanophotonics, electron microscopy/spectroscopy, and
quantum optics.

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

Shwetak N. Patel

Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering, University of Washington

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CEI-related research interests: Developing new methods for monitoring and managing energy and water usage in the home through the development of new sensors and machine learning algorithms.

Lilo D. Pozzo

Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Structured polymeric materials for batteries, fuel cells and solar cells. Self-assembly of plasmonic nanostructures. Neutron and x-ray scattering development of structure-function relationships in advanced energy materials.

John J. Rehr

Professor, Physics

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CEI-related research interests: First principles calculations of electronic structure, excited states, optical response and x-ray probes of systems relevant to energy research

Cody Schlenker

Washington Research Foundation Innovation Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Clean Energy

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CEI-related research interests: Integration of synthetic chemistry and physical chemistry to explore fundamental principles and dynamic interfacial processes, to develop advanced materials design concepts for low-cost, high-efficiency energy conversion and storage devices

Walter van Schalkwijk

Affiliate Professor Walter van Schalkwijk is a northwest leader and consultant in the lithium-ion battery research and development community.
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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.

C.J. Richard Shi

Professor, Electrical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Computer-aided design and testing of VLSI circuits and systems.

Tom Spiro

Professor, Chemistry

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CEI-related research interests: Solar hydrogen production using molecular photocatalysts.

Eric Stuve

Professor, Chemical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Li-ion and Li-oxygen batteries, solid oxide fuel cells

Venkat Subramanian

Washington Research Foundation Innovation Professor of Chemical Engineering and Clean Energy

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CEI-related research interests: Models and software for next generation batteries

Minoru Taya

Nabtesco Endowed Chair Professor, Mechanical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Electrochormic windows (ECW) and energy-harvesting ECW, thermoelectric materials and devices, hydrogen-energy harvesting and dye-sensitized solar energy system

Jim Thomson

Principal Oceanographer, Applied Physics Lab and Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Member, Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC)

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CEI-related research interests: field measurements supporting wave and tidal energy conversion.

Alexandra Velian

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Bernard and Claudine Nist Endowed Fellow Email | Web Site CEI-related research interests: Energy efficient coatings, thermochromic materials, mechanical and interfacial reliability of thin film electrode materials. Research in the Velian group focuses on the development

Junlan Wang

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Energy efficient coatings, thermochromic materials, mechanical and interfacial reliability of thin film electrode materials.

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

Jihui Yang

Kyocera Associate Professor, Materials Science & Engineering

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CEI research interests: Materials for energy storage and conversion

Qiuming Yu

Research Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Nanomaterials for solar cells.

Baosen Zhang

Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Efficient power grid systems

“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
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