Faculty Affiliates

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.

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Andre Boehman
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering

Actively researching synthetic and renewable fuels with ultra low GHG content and internal combustion engines to use those fuels efficiently.

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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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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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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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Andrew J. Hoffman
Holcim (US) Professor at the Ross School of Business and the School for Environment & Sustainability

Research focused on the market and cultural implications of sustainability issues.

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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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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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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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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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Gustavo Rosania
Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Optimizing  hemp cultivation  as an intermediate to  concentrate atmospheric Carbon before capturing in more stable forms; Development of technological innovations to utilize hemp as a green, organic  carbon source for the synthesis of fine chemicals, polymers, building blocks for organic synthesis, biofuels, carbon nanofibers, graphene, organic semiconductors and other advanced materials

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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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Nirala Singh
Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

Nirala is interested in the life cycle and technoeconomic analysis of electrochemical CO2 conversion as well as studying the fundamental mechanism of heterogeneous electrocatalytic processes using kinetics and in situ spectroscopy.

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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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Duo Zhang
Assistant Research Scientist, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Utilizes and stores CO2 in infrastructure materials

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