Clean Energy Bridge to Research REU Sponsor Faculty

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Arka Majumdar

Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Physics

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CEI-related research interests: low power optoelectronics.

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

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.

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

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

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

Dianne Xiao

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

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CEI-related research interests: The Xiao lab is a synthetic inorganic and materials chemistry group at the University of Washington. We are interested in how controlling both the local and long range self-assembly and structure of porous materials can lead to enhanced transport properties, new catalytic activity, and novel emergent behavior.

“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