Meet the Team

The Global CO2 Initiative brings together collaborators from the University of Michigan Schools and Colleges with national and international partners as a joint team. Through accelerated research, development, and deployment of technologies, our team produces economically sustainable products that reduce atmospheric CO2 levels.

Read about our leadership, the research team, including the Life Cycle Analysis and Techno-Economic Analysis (LCA TEA) team, and our Advisory Board.

Leadership


Volker Sick
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering
DTE Energy Professor of Advanced Energy Research
Director, Global CO2 Initiative

Volker Sick leads day-to-day Global CO2 Initiative operations, forges organizational partnerships, and brings together the initiative’s research teams. Sick brings years of experience as a leading scientist and administrator.

His own research focuses on developing and applying optical measurement techniques for studies of mass and energy transfer as well as diseases of the human eye.

Sick has received numerous awards for teaching, research, and service, including the President’s Award for Distinguished Service in International Education, the Combustion Institute Silver Medal, and the SAE International Leadership Citation.

He served as long-term Editor of the Proceedings of the Combustion Institute and continues on the editorial boards of Frontiers in Climate - Negative Emissions Technologies, Experiments in Fluids, Progress in Energy and Combustion Science. He is a Fellow of SAE International and the Combustion Institute.

Bernard David
Founder and Advisory Board Chairman Global CO2 Initiative

Bernard J. David is an entrepreneur, educator, and author. David has founded, built and sold several businesses. They include SaveSmart, Inc. (Prio, Inc.)–sold to Infospace, Inc. and officesupplies.com—sold to Office Depot. David has written eight books on various elements of entrepreneurship and allied computer technology use. The books include The Entrepreneurial PC and Milestone Planning for Successful Ventures.

Since 2001, David has turned his attention to the area of sustainability. He believes that a systems approach to sustainability is critical—one that is based on science, and harnesses market forces to drive and fuel progress.

To that end, he is the founder of the Global CO2 Initiative, a market-based solution to address one of the grand challenges of our planet: the impact of excessive CO2 emissions in our atmosphere and oceans.

Advisory Board


Our Advisory Board provides strategic guidance and specific support to advance the mission and success of the Initiative. Global leaders in technology, research, policy, finance, and industry offer their invaluable insight to guide our work.

Learn about our Advisory Board members.

Research Team


Mihaela Banu
Startup co-founder Funded by the Blue Sky Initiative at the U-M College of Engineering

Mihaela Banu develops natural fiber composites - green composites - with high mechanical properties such as strength and stiffness.

Read more about Mihaela Banu.

Victoria Campbell-Arvai
Assistant Research Scientist, School for Environment and Sustainability

Direct CO2 Investigates whether CDR makes people more or less likely to participate in other environmentally-related decisions.

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Brad Cardinale
Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability

Direct CO2 Researches carbon sequestration and storage, and the conversion of algae into usable fuel.

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Lynn Cook
Administrative Assistant, Global CO2 Initiative
Lynn Cook is the administrative assistant to the Global CO2 Initiative team, working closely with Professor Volker Sick and Susan Fancy.
Michael Craig
Assistant Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability

Researches how to reduce global and local environmental impacts of electric power and other energy systems.

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Bill Currie
Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability

Expert on soils, land management, and carbon cycle.

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Neil Dasgupta
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Evaluates and tests hierarchically structured nanocatalysts for efficient chemical transformation of CO2 by high temperature tandem photocatalysis.

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Susan Fancy
Program Manager for Research and Commercialization, Global CO2 Initiative

Susan Fancy specializes in managing projects and processes at the intersection of energy and climate.

Jonathan Fay
Executive Director CFE Funded by the Blue Sky Initiative at the U-M College of Engineering

Jonathan Fay focuses his efforts on facilitating and inspiring entrepreneurship and innovation in PhDs, Postdocs, and Faculty.

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Paige Fischer
Assistant Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability

Researches carbon issues related to forestry management and carbon storage.

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Sol Hart
Associate Professor, Communication Studies

Specializes in understanding the role of the media in motivating and engaging the public and how to create effective messages that can cross ideological divides.

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Timothy James
Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Studies the evolution of sex and reproductive traits of fungi.

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Greg Keoleian
Founder/Director, Center for Sustainability Studies (CSS) Funded by the Blue Sky Initiative at the U-M College of Engineering

Greg Keoleian’s research focuses on the development and application of life cycle models and sustainability metrics to guide the design and improvement of products and technology.

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Nicholas Kotov
Catalysis for CO2 use, serial entrepreneur Funded by the Blue Sky Initiative at the U-M College of Engineering

Nicholas Kotov is working on conceptual foundations and technical realizations of biomimetic nanostructures.

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David Kwabi
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

David is interested in developing low-cost, energy-efficient and scalable electrochemical methods for CO2 separation from flue gas and atmosphere.

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Victor Li
World-leading innovations in concrete Funded by the Blue Sky Initiative at the U-M College of Engineering

Victor Li leads the research group that invented the world's most ductile concrete in use in tall buildings and long bridges today.

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Christian Lastoskie
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Investigates the technical, economic, and social feasibility of motor vehicle onboard carbon capture.

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Nina Lin
Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

Investigates tripartite bacteria systems to produce feedstocks.

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Mark Lindquist
Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture

Conducts empirical research with the aim of providing an evidence base to support the design and planning of environments that perform ecologically, socially and culturally for more sustainable outcomes.

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Christophe Mangin
Program Manager for Business Development, Global CO2 Initiative

Christophe is leading globally the Technical Economic Analysis (TEA) and Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) activities within the Global CO2 Initiative.

Neil Marsh
Professor, Chemistry

Investigates tripartite bacteria systems to produce feedstocks.

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Charles McCrory
Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Researches the electrochemical reduction of CO2 and H2O for the conversion of intermittent energy sources to chemical fuels.

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Zetian Mi
Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Conversion of CO2 to fuels through solar powered artificial photosynthesis

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Shelie Miller
Co-lead faculty at CSS Funded by the Blue Sky Initiative at the U-M College of Engineering

Shelie Miller develops life-cycle assessment models with an emphasis on emerging technologies.

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Stephen Ragsdale
Professor, Biological Chemistry

Studies microbial CO and CO2 metabolism, testing the coupling of low potential enzyme mediators to reduce gaseous CO2 to solid oxalate at STP.

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Kaitlin Raimi
Assistant Professor, Public Policy

Researches how social motivations have the potential to promote or prevent sustainable behaviors.

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Johannes Schwank
Professor, Chemical Engineering

Researches fundamental and applied problems in heterogeneous catalysis, sensors, and energy storage materials.

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Jeremy Semrau
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Develops new biochemical and molecular techniques to better monitor in situ microbial communities.

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Steve Skerlos
Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Produces mathematical carbon modeling for least cost deployment strategies to achieve carbon negativity.

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Stuart Soroka
Professor, Communication Studies

Investigates political communication, the sources and/or structure of public preferences for policy, and the relationships between public policy, public opinion, and mass media.

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Alan Taub
Associate Director for Strategy, Funded by the Blue Sky Initiative at the U-M College of Engineering, Director, Michigan Materials Research Institute

Alan Taub develops reinforced natural fibers by adding nanoparticles (carbon nanotubes and/or metal nanoparticles) in plants as they are growing.

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Mike Traugott
Research Professor, Institute of Social Research

Studies the mass media and their impact on American politics.

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Nicholas Valentino
Professor, Political Science

Researches public acceptance of scientific claims and motivated reasoning in the context of climate change.

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Anthony Vecchiarelli
Assistant Professor, Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology

Investigates the molecular mechanisms responsible for the assembly and spatial regulation of a CO2-fixing bacterial organelle called the carboxysome.

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Ralph Yang
CO2 capture and use techniques Funded by the Blue Sky Initiative at the U-M College of Engineering

Direct CO2 capture from power plants and chemical processing facilities offers an effective path to avoid CO2 release into the atmosphere.

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Mission


To transform CO2 into commercially successful products using a system-level process of technology assessment, technology development and commercialization, accomplished through convening and downstream promotion in partnership with entities around the world.

Vision


To identify and pursue commercially sustainable approaches that reduce atmospheric CO2 levels by 10% of current emissions per year.