Member Faculty

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

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)

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

James DeYoreo

Affiliate Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science & Engineering
Chief Scientist, Materials Synthesis and Simulation Across Scales, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Founding Co-Director, Northwest Institute for Materials Physics, Chemistry, and Technology (NW IMPACT)

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CEI-related Research Interests: The research interests of the De Yoreo group can be broadly categorized as understanding and manipulating the physics of interactions and assembly at solid-liquid interfaces in nanoscale, biological, biomimetic, and environmental systems. The primary techniques used in support of this work are in situ scanned probe microscopy and in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM), in combination with theoretical analysis.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Eric Stuve

Professor, Chemical Engineering

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

Alexandra Velian

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Bernard and Claudine Nist Endowed Fellow
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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

Matthew Yankowitz

Washington Research Foundation Innovation Assistant Professor in Clean Energy
Assistant Professor, Physics, Materials Science & Engineering
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CEI-related research interests: Investigation and control of novel electronic states in quantum materials — in particular with a focus on atomically-thin van der Waals materials and heterostructures.

Baosen Zhang

Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering

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CEI-related research interests: Efficient power grid systems

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