Faculty Partners

Mihaela Banu
Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

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

André Bardow
Professor, Energy & Process Systems Engineering at ETH Zürich and formerly Professor and Head of the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics at RWTH Aachen

André researches energy systems optimization, conceptual process design, life cycle assessment, computer-aided molecular design, thermodynamics, microfluidics & CO2 capture & utilization.

Andre Boehman
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

Andre actively researches synthetic and renewable fuels with ultra low GHG content and internal combustion engines to use those fuels efficiently.

Victoria Campbell-Arvai
Assistant Professor (Teaching), Environmental Studies, University of Southern California

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

Michael Craig
Assistant Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

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

Bill Currie
Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

Bill is an expert on soils, land management, and carbon cycle.

Neil Dasgupta
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

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

Brian Ellis
Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan

Brian's  research interests cover topics related to the sustainable & safe development of emerging energy technologies. Included among these activities are geologic storage of CO2 and large-scale hydraulic fracturing of unconventional oil/gas reservoirs.

Jonathan Fay
Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Michigan

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

Paige Fischer
Associate Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

Paige researches carbon issues related to forestry management and carbon storage.

Sol Hart
Associate Professor, Communication Studies, University of Michigan

Sol 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.

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

Andrew's research focuses on the market and cultural implications of sustainability issues.

Timothy James
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan

Timothy studies the evolution of sex and reproductive traits of fungi.

Greg Keoleian
Professor, School for Environment & Sustainability; Founder/Director, Center for Sustainability Studies, University of Michigan

Greg’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.

Nicholas Kotov
Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan

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

David Kwabi
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

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

Christian Lastoskie
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan

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

Victor Li
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan

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

Nina Lin
Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan

Nina investigates tripartite bacteria systems to produce feedstocks.

Mark Lindquist
Assistant Professor, School for Environment & Sustainability, University of Michigan

Mark 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.

Christophe Mangin
Program Manager for Business Development, Global CO2 Initiative, University of Michigan

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

Neil Marsh
Professor, Chemistry, University of Michigan

Neil investigates tripartite bacteria systems to produce feedstocks.

Charles McCrory
Assistant Professor, Chemistry, University of Michigan

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

Zetian Mi
Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, University of Michigan

Zetian researches the conversion of CO2 to fuels through solar powered artificial photosynthesis

Shelie Miller
Professor, Program in the Environment, University of Michigan

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

Barbara Olfe-Kräutlein
Senior Research Associate & heads the research group CO2 Utilization Strategies and Society

Barbara's group currently works on different questions and projects related to societal aspects of CO2 utilization technologies.

Ah-Hyung (Alissa) Park
Lenfest Earth Institute Professor of Climate Change; Director of Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, Chair, Department of Earth & Environmental Engineering; Columbia University

Alissa develops novel materials and reaction pathways towards sustainable energy and materials including direct air capture integrated CO2 conversion to chemicals and fuels, carbon mineralization for built environment, and ocean-based solutions.

Peter Psarras
Research Assistant Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, and the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

Peter's research includes techno-economic and life-cycle assessments of carbon capture, utilization and storage, and carbon dioxide removal systems, specifically in identifying regional opportunities for deployment. He is also overseeing the direction of Jennifer Wilcox's lab, focusing on carbon dioxide removal and carbon capture.

Stephen Ragsdale
Professor, Biological Chemistry, University of Michigan

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

Kaitlin Raimi
Associate Professor, Public Policy, University of Michigan

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

Gustavo Rosania
Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Michigan

Gustavo's research is on optimizing hemp cultivation 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.

Johannes Schwank
Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan

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

Jeremy Semrau
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan

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

Nirala Singh
Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan

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.

Steve Skerlos
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

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

Stuart Soroka
Professor, Communication Studies, University of Michigan

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

Peter Styring
Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering, The University of Sheffield; Professor, Public Engagement, Member of the Leonardo Tribology Centre

Peter's expertise is in the field of catalysis & functional materials, including continuous flow processing that allows reactions to be rapidly taken from the discovery scale to the production scale over a short timeframe. Peter is an expert in Carbon capture & utilization technologies and ever-increasing expertise in related policy.

Mahmoud Reda Taha
Chair, Distinguished Professor and Regents Lecturer, Department of Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering, University of New Mexico

Mahmoud's research focus is on experimental investigations of materials at different length scales for developing next generation 3D-Printed cementitious & polymer composites that enable adaptive, multi-functional, self-healing & self-sensing capabilities.

Alan Taub
Professor, Materials Science & Engineering; Director, Michigan Materials Research Institute, University of Michigan

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

Mike Traugott
Research Professor, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

Mike studies the mass media and their impact on American politics.

Nicholas Valentino
Professor, Political Science, University of Michigan

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

Anthony Vecchiarelli
Assistant Professor, Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology, University of Michigan

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

 

Ralph Yang
Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan

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

Duo Zhang
Assistant Research Scientist, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan

Duo researches the utilization and storage of CO2 in infrastructure material