Short Courses and Conferences

International School for Materials for Energy and Sustainability IV (ISMES IV)

July 13-20, 2015


Doug Arent is Executive Director of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). In addition to his NREL responsibilities, Arent is Senior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, serves on the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Steering Committee on Social Science and the Alternative Energy Future, is a member of the National Research Council Committee to Advise to U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), is a Member of the Keystone Energy Board, and is Associate Editor for the journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. Arent was recently invited to serve on the World Economic Forum Future of Electricity Working Group, and is a member of the International Advisory Board for the journal Energy Policy. His research interests are centered in energy and sustainability, where he has been active for more than 30 years. He has published extensively on topics of clean energy, renewable energy, power systems, natural gas, and the intersection of science and public policy. Arent has a Ph.D. from Princeton University, an MBA from Regis University, and a bachelor of science from Harvey Mudd College in California.

Harry Atwater is the Howard Hughes Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology. Professor Atwater currently serves as Director of the DOE Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis and is also Director of the Resnick Sustainability Institute, Caltech's largest endowed research program. Atwater's scientific interests have two themes: photovoltaics and solar energy as well as plasmonics and optical metamaterials. His group has created new high efficiency solar cell designs, and has developed principles for light management in solar cells. Atwater is an early pioneer in nanophotonics and plasmonics; he gave the name to the field of plasmonics in 2001. He has authored or co-authored more than 400 publications cited in aggregate > 31,000 times and his group's advances in the solar energy and plasmonics field have been reported in Scientific American, Science, Nature Materials, Nature Photonics and Advanced Materials.

Professor Atwater received his B. S., M. S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology respectively in 1981, 1983 and 1987. He held the IBM Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University from 1987-88, and has been a member of the Caltech faculty since 1988.

Sally M. Benson joined Stanford University in 2007 and is now a professor of energy resources engineering and director of the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP), a pioneering university-industry partnership to develop innovative, low-carbon energy supplies to meet global energy needs. In 2014, she received a second appointment as director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, the hub of energy research and education at Stanford. An internationally recognized scientist with extensive management experience, Professor Benson is responsible for fostering cross-campus collaborations on energy and guiding the growth and development of GCEP's diverse research portfolio. Professor Benson's research interests include technologies and energy systems for a low-carbon future, and energy systems analysis. At Stanford, she leads a research laboratory that studies fundamental aspects of geologic carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration in saline aquifers. In 2005, Professor Benson served as a coordinating lead author of a special report on CO2 capture and storage published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In 2007, she was one of thousands of IPCC scientists to receive the Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change." Professor Benson received a B.S. in geology from Barnard College at Columbia University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in materials science and mineral engineering from the University of California-Berkeley.

David Cahen studied chemistry and physics at the Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem (HUJ), Materials Research and Phys. Chem. at Northwestern Univ, and biophysics of photosynthesis (postdoc) at HUJ and the Weizmann Institute of Science, WIS. After joining the WIS faculty he focused on alternative sustainable energy resources, in particular various types of solar cells. In parallel he researches hybrid molecular/non-molecular systems, nowadays focusing on proteins for optoelectronics. He is a fellow of the AVS and the MRS. He heads WIS' Alternative, sustainable energy research initiative.

George Crabtree is Senior Scientist and Distinguished Fellow in the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory, Distinguished Professor of Physics, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering at University of Illinois-Chicago and Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage (JCESR). His research interests include next generation batteries, sustainable energy, materials science, and nanoscale superconductors and magnets. He has led several workshops for the Department of Energy, most recently on basic science supporting energy technology, and he has co-chaired the Undersecretary of Energy's assessment of DOE's Applied Energy Programs. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has testified before the U.S. Congress on the hydrogen economy and on meeting sustainable energy challenges.

Chris Gearhart was appointed director of the Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center after joining the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as director of the Hydrogen Technologies and Systems Center in late 2012. In more than 16 years with Ford Motor Company, Gearhart led research and development teams in that company's Fuel Cell System, Stack, and Hydrogen Storage groups. Additionally, he previously held positions in product development, safety research, and quality assurance programs. Gearhart has also served on the faculty of Michigan State University and the School for Renewable Energy Science in Akureyri, Iceland. He holds doctorate and master's degrees in physics from Washington University in St. Louis, and a bachelor's degree in physics and math from Drake University.

David S. Ginley is Chief Scientist for the Materials and Chemical Science and Technology Directorate at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He is also an NREL Research Fellow and has more than 35 years of experience in developing new solar energy materials specifically with respect to oxides, photoelectrochemistry, and novel solar absorber materials and processing. He has managed a group conducting research in the areas of organic photovoltaics, transparent conducting oxides, combinatorial high-throughput materials science, solution-based precursors to electronic materials, and novel process technologies for photovoltaic and related devices, including batteries and fuel cells.

Sossina M. Haile is the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University, a position she assumed in 2015 after serving 18 years on the faculty at the California Institute of Technology. She earned her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992. Haile's research broadly encompasses solid state ionic materials and devices, with particular focus on energy technologies. She has established a new class of fuel cells based on solid acid electrolytes and demonstrated record power densities for solid oxide fuel cells. Her more recent work on water dissociation for solar-fuel generation by thermochemical processes has created new avenues for harnessing sunlight to meet rising energy demands. She has published more than 150 articles and holds more than 15 patents on these and other topics. Amongst her many awards, in 2008 Haile received an American Competitiveness and Innovation (ACI) Fellowship from the National Science Foundation in recognition of "her timely and transformative research in the energy field and her dedication to inclusive mentoring, education and outreach across many levels".

Wendy Harrison is a tenured Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. Her fields of scholarly expertise are in geochemistry and hydrology as well as geoscience education and she has published papers in topics that range from impact shock metamorphism in lunar materials, the formation of gas hydrates and their role in CO2 sequestration, metals uptake by trees in mined lands, and mitigating respiratory quartz dust hazard. During her career in academia at Colorado School of Mines, she has served as President of the Faculty Senate, Director of the McBride Honors Program in Public Affairs for Engineers, and Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Faculty. Dr. Harrison recently completed an appointment at the National Science Foundation as Division Director for Earth Sciences in the Geosciences Directorate. She currently serves as an advisor to the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi and Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan, in the foundation of in-country educational and research programs in earth resources. Educated at the University of Manchester, UK, she held a pre-doctoral fellowship at The Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington and a National Research Council research fellowship at NASA-Johnson Space Center. Her work experience includes 8 years as a senior research geologist for Exxon Production Research Company in Houston, Texas.

Michael Hölling is senior scientist at ForWind - Center for Wind Energy Research - at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. He is the head of the experimental subgroup which focuses on the generation of predefined turbulent wind fields by means of an active grid and the interaction of such wind fields with e.g. model wind turbines, actuator discs and anemometers. His group also uses stochastic analysis methods to characterize the effect of different turbulent wind fields on the dynamic response of model wind turbine and their wakes, respectively.

Dr. Erfan Ibrahim is the Center Director for Cyber-Physical Systems Security & Resilience R&D at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden Colorado. Dr. Ibrahim works with the public and private sector to identify security requirements, evaluate cybersecurity standards, test cybersecurity controls and determine residual risk in smart networks in the electric sector, water and oil and gas. He serves as the chief liaison from NREL to the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) at the Department of Energy. He is also serving on the cybersecurity and resilience team within the Grid Modernization Lab Consortium for the DoE.

Dr. Ibrahim has had a 28 year career working in a variety of fields including plasma physics, nuclear fusion engineering, telecom, IT, network management, communications, smart grid and cybersecurity. He has worked for Lawrence Livermore National Lab, UCLA, Pacific Bell, Newbridge Networks, Jyra Research, Electric Power Research Institute, Scitor and Penn State University. He served as a consultant through his company, The Bit Bazaar LLC for over 10 years in the high tech, financial services, government and energy sectors. Dr. Ibrahim led the industry consensus building exercise in the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Roadmap project during 2009 and also led the National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization Resources (NESCOR) project from DoE during 2010-2011 while serving as a Technical Executive in the Intelligrid Program at EPRI. Dr. Ibrahim has a BS Honors in Physics from Syracuse University, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Texas Austin and a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California Berkeley.

Mark Jensen is Professor of Chemistry at the Colorado School of Mines. He holds the Jerry and Tina Grandey University Chair in Nuclear Science and Engineering at the School of Mines and directs the university's Nuclear Science and Engineering Program. Prior to joining the CSM faculty, he was a staff member at Argonne National Laboratory for 20 years where he studied the chemistry of the transuranium elements and their use and production in nuclear energy. His research focuses on the chemistry and biology of man-made elements and efficient and safe methods for the recycle and disposal of used nuclear fuel. He holds a B.S. from Bethel University (Minnesota) and a Ph.D. in inorganic and nuclear chemistry from the Florida State University.

Alex King is the Director of the Critical Materials Institute – one of DOE's four Energy Innovation Hubs. Although much of his research career has been spent on the minutiae of crystal lattice defects, he is now responsible for the world's largest integrated effort to assure supplies of the materials necessary for clean energy technologies. Alex holds degrees from the Universities of Sheffield and Oxford. He was a postdoc at Oxford and then M.I.T. before joining the faculty at Stony Brook University, where he also served as the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies. He has served as the Head of the School of Materials Engineering at Purdue and the Director of DOE's Ames Laboratory.

King is a Fellow of the Institute of Mining Minerals and Materials; ASM International; and the Materials Research Society. He was a Visiting Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in 1996 and a US Department of State Jefferson Science Fellow for 2005-06. Alex was the President of MRS for 2002, Chair of the University Materials Council of North America for 2006-07, Co-chair of the Gordon Conference on Physical Metallurgy for 2006, and Chair of the APS Interest Group on Energy Research and Applications for 2010.

Carolyn A. Koh is Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM).  She obtained her BSc (hons) and Ph.D. degrees from University of W. London and postdoctoral training at Cornell University. She was a Reader at King's College, London University before joining the Colorado School of Mines. She has been visiting Professor at Cornell, Penn State and London University. She was a consultant for the Gas Research Institute in Chicago and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Associate Editor of the Society for Petroleum Engineers Journal, a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the ACS J. Chem. Eng. Data, US DOE Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee member, and served on the National Academies NRC committee assessing the US DOE National Methane Hydrate Program. She is also an active member of the joint ASME-AIChE Committee on Thermophysical Properties and organized/chaired/co-chaired sessions of the joint ASME-AIChE Thermophysical Properties Conferences. She has been elected co-Chair and Chair of the Gordon Research Conferences on Gas Hydrates in 2016 and 2018, respectively. She has established internationally recognized gas hydrate research programs over the last two decades at King's College, University of London and the Colorado School of Mines. Her research is focused on understanding the nucleation, crystallization and inhibition mechanisms and thermophysical properties of natural gas hydrates. She was awarded the Young Scientist Award of the British Association for Crystal Growth, the CSM Outstanding Faculty Member Award, Senior Class (2013) and Young Faculty Research Excellence Award (2012). She has over 130 publications in refereed journals, including Science, Physics Today, J. American Chemical Society, and two books, including Clathrate Hydrates of Natural Gases (the "third edition of a best seller" – quote from CRC Press publishers, co-authored with E.D. Sloan).

Carlos Alberto Labate is an Associate Professor at the Department of Genetics, University of São Paulo-Brazil, Coordinator of the joint PhD programo n Bioenergy of the University of São Paulo (USP), University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and The Paulista State University (UNESP) and former Director of the Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology  Laboratory (CTBE). His research interest concerns functional genomics applied to understand the plant response to biotic and abiotic stresses of eucalyptus and sugarcane, two important cultivated species for the production of biomass. His research applies proteomics and metabolomics to identify regulatory genes and metabolic regulation. Another area of research interest involves the application of metabolomics to identify contaminant metabolites in the fermentation process for ethanol production in commercial mills.

John McCray is Professor and Head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Colorado School of Mines. He also serves a principal investigator of the NSF Engineering Research Center on Renewing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure (, the first ERC for water and environment (a joint collaboration between Mines, Stanford, Berkeley, and New Mexico State). He initiated and serves as the Deputy Director the ConocoPhillips Center for a Sustainable WE2ST (Water and Energy: Engineering, Science and Technology). He was also the founding Director of the Hydrologic Science and Engineering Graduate Program at Mines. Professor McCray has served as principal investigator on many energy water related projects and programs, where recent projects include ReNUWIt, impacts of carbon geosequestration on water resources (funded by EPA), joint-sustainability of shale-gas production and water resources (WE2ST), green infrastructure for stormwater (NSF Environmental Sustainability program), and impacts of fire, climate, and insect infestations on water quantity and quality (NSF and U.S. BoR). He recently earned the Rudolph Hering medal from ASCE the top paper in environmental engineering and science. Professor McCray has recently been the Shimizu Visiting Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, and a Fulbright Scholar to Chile. He earned his BS degree from West Virginia University in electrical engineering, MS in environmental engineering from Clemson, and a PhD in hydrology and water resources from University of Arizona.

Ryan O'Hayre directs the Advanced Energy Materials Laboratory at the Colorado School of Mines ( His laboratory develops new materials and devices to enable alternative energy technologies including fuel cells and solar cells. Professor. O'Hayre is lead author of Fuel Cell Fundamentals, the world's best-selling textbook on the subject of fuel cell science and technology (translated into both Chinese and Korean) and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications in the field as well as several patents and book chapters. He has received several young-investigator research and teaching honors including the Chinese Academy of Sciences Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (2012-13), The ASM Bradley Staughton Award, 20011 Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow, and the 2009 Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE), the US's top honor for early-career scientists and engineers. He collaborates with a number of National Labs and international Universities, including the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak-Ridge National Laboratory, Risoe-DTU in Denmark, and DICP in China.

Abdelilah Slaoui received his PhD degree in semiconductor physics in 1984 at Laboratory PHASE/France, where he focused on laser crystallisation of implanted silicon for solar cells. He joined CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) in 1986 as a permanent researcher to work on laser processing for photovoltaics and microelectronic devices. In 1992 he joined the Oregon Graduate Institute at Beaverton, Oregon, USA as a visiting scientist. He presently has a position of Research Director at ICUBE laboratory and he is the head of the department of Materials for electronic and photovoltaics devices (MaCEPV). His team is dealing with silicon and organic based solar cells, as well as on synthesis and characterizations of nanomaterials. Among others, he served as President of European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) in 2007-2009. A. Slaoui participated and initiated numerous National as well as to European projects. He has authored or co-authored more than 220 papers in Journals and Proceedings and contributed to books, and edited special issues and proceedings. He co-organized symposia on materials for photovoltaic and Energy in general. He is presently coordinating EUROSUNMED, an European project on the development of renewable energies in European and South Mediteranean Countries.

Roel Snieder holds the Keck Foundation Endowed Chair of Basic Exploration Science at the Colorado School of Mines. He received in 1984 a Masters degree in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics from Princeton University, and in 1987 a Ph.D. in seismology from Utrecht University. In 1993 he was appointed as professor of seismology at Utrecht University, where from 1997-2000 he was appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Earth Sciences. Roel served on the editorial boards of Geophysical Journal International, Inverse Problems, Reviews of Geophysics, the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, and the European Journal of Physics. In 2000 he was elected as Fellow of the American Geophysical Union for important contributions to geophysical inverse theory, seismic tomography, and the theory of surface waves. He is author of the textbooks "A Guided Tour of Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences" and "The Art of Being a Scientist" that are published by Cambridge University Press. Roel is a foreign member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2011 he was elected as Honorary Member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. He research a research award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2014. From 2000-2014 he was a firefighter in Genesee Fire Rescue.

Dr. Billy J. "BJ" Stanbery has been an active contributor to both the business and science of the photovoltaics community since 1978, and is currently the President of Siva Power, leading a world-class team to commercialize high-rate manufacturing of large-area CIGS monolithically-integrated PV modules. He is a serial entrepreneur who previously founded HelioVolt, took his first clean energy product to market in 2012, and has raised $233M in venture and strategic investment during his career. He currently holds twenty-three US patents (a total of ninety-seven including issued international extensions and pending applications) and has published forty-five technical papers. He began his career at Boeing and managed their terrestrial PV program. During that 17-year tenure his team developed and deployed PV for spacecraft, and in 1990 achieved the world record in multi-junction thin-film PV conversion efficiency. Dr. Stanbery has also served on the Executive Board of the Bay Area PV Consortium (BAPVC), and chaired the Boards of the Texas Renewable Energy Association (TREIA) and the Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities (TFIC). Dr. Stanbery served as General Chairman of the 38th IEEE PV Specialists Conference, and Vice-Chair of the 6th World Conference on PV Energy Conversion. Dr. Stanbery completed his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 2001 at the University of Florida, having previously obtained an M.S. in Physics from the University of Washington and B.S. in both Physics and Mathematics from the University of Texas.

Robert Tenent oversees the Emerging Technologies portfolio for the Buildings Technologies Program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NREL's buildings portfolio includes work in fundamental materials development, software development for building energy modeling and techno-economic analysis of building materials and technologies manufacturing. Prior to his time with NREL, Tenent worked across a broad range of materials science research in both the private and public sector including universities and large venture backed startups with a focus on materials and device integration. During his tenure with NREL Tenent has conducted research into materials for photovoltaic, energy storage and building materials applications. His research teams within the NREL Buildings Program have been repeatedly recognized at local, state and national levels for innovation in technology development and technology transfer including R&D100 Awards, Colorado Governor's Award for High Impact Research and multiple awards for excellence in technology transfer. The majority of his work has focused on the development and refinement of dynamic "smart" windows technologies that has led to multiple licensing deals with a variety of companies including recent NREL spin-out e-Chromic Technologies. Tenent's research interests in the buildings sector focus on the development of new dynamic materials for responsive architecture that adapts to environmental conditions.

Tenent received his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in 2000 and B.S. from Millsaps College in 1994. He has been a member of the NREL staff since 2007.

Antonio Terrasi holds a Ph.D. in Physics of the University of Catania and is professor of Material Science. He was visiting scientist at the University of Madison, Wisconsin, and at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. For many Years he worked with synchrotron radiation at the ADONE facility in Frascati (Italy), Aladdin SRC in Stoughton (Wisconsin USA) and ESRF in Grenoble (France). He is head of the MBE laboratory for Si-Ge epitaxy of the IMM-CNR Institute. Main interests are materials and processing for microelectronics, semiconductor nanostructures and, more recently, advanced materials for photovoltaics and renewable energies.

Bill Tumas is the Associate Laboratory Director for Materials and Chemistry at NREL. After a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Stanford and organometallic postdoctoral research at Caltech, he worked at DuPont Central Research for 6 years then at Los Alamos for 17 years prior to joining NREL in 2009. His research has included materials discovery, solar energy conversion, hydrogen storage, catalysis, supercritical fluids, and green chemistry. He is also the director of the Center for Next Generation Materials by Design Energy Frontier Research Center.

Anke Weidenkaff completed her PhD degree in Chemistry at ETH Zürich in 2000, received the Venia Legendi for Solid State Chemistry and Materials Sciences from the University of Augsburg in 2006. She was appointed as senior lecturer at the University of Augsburg and Professor at the Department for Chemistry und Biochemistry, University of Berne in 2008. As head of the "Laboratory for Solid State Chemistry and Catalysis" and member of the steering committee for the research programmes "Energy" and "Natural Resources and Polutants" she coordinated research on Solid State Chemistry and Catalysis, and Materials for Energy Converter Technologies at Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. She was furthermore the Swiss delegate of the NMP program committee 2008-2009. Since 2013 she is full professor and holder of the chair for Materials Chemistry at the University of Stuttgart. She published more than 190 scientific articles on materials research in energy conversion technologies, is editor and editorial board member of several journals e.g. Energy Quarterly, the Materials Research Bulletin, Progress in Solid State Chemistry, Materials, J. Mat. Chem and organised several conferences, workshops and meetings on Materials Chemistry including MRS Symposia. She is vice president and treasurer of the European Thermoelectric Society (ETS), elected member of the MRS board of directors, the E-MRS Executive Committee and was co-chair of the E-MRS spring meeting in 2013. In 1998 she received the SolarPACES award and in 2011 she was awarded with the Kavli Foundation Lectureship prize. Her research interests comprise the development, synthesis and characterisation of advanced thermoelectric materials (perovskite-type oxides and oxynitrides, half-Heusler compounds and carbon nanotube composite materials) for an efficient energy conversion.

Eli Yablonovitch is Director of the NSF Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S), a multi-University Center based at Berkeley. After a career in industry and Universities, he is now Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley, where he holds the James and Katherine Lau Chair in Engineering. He contributed the 4(n squared) light-trapping factor to solar cells, used commercially in the majority of solar panels world-wide. Based on his mantra "that a great solar cell also needs to be a great LED", his startup company Alta Devices has held the world record for solar cell efficiency since 2011, now 28.8%. Yablonovitch is regarded as a Father of the Photonic BandGap concept, and he coined the term "Photonic Crystal". The idea that strained semiconductor lasers could have superior performance due to reduced valence band (hole) effective mass is due to Yablonovitch. Today, almost all semiconductor lasers use this concept, for optical telecommunications, for DVD players, and in the ubiquitous red laser pointers. With almost every human interaction with the internet, optical telecommunication occurs by strained semiconductor lasers.

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