Glenn G. Amatucci is the director of the Energy Storage Research Group (ESRG), a technically diverse applied research group of faculty, research staff, graduate, and undergraduate students whose charter is the research, development and advancement of new energy storage device chemistries enabled by advancements in materials science.
Clinton Andrews is a Professor at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He is also a collaborating faculty member at Center for Energy, Economic & Environmental Policy, and is a co-chair of the Board of Governors of the New Jersey Sustainable State Institute. His expertise is in the substance and process of environmental management. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, and a licensed Professional Engineer. Previous experience includes working in the private sector on energy issues, helping to launch an energy policy project at MIT, and helping to found a science policy program at Princeton. Andrews is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a winner of the IEEE's 3rd Millenium Medal. Previous books include Industrial Ecology and Global Change, Regulating Regional Power Systems, and Humble Analysis: The Practice of Joint Fact Finding.
Tewodros (Teddy) Asefa is currently an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. He is also affiliated with both the Rutgers Institute for Materials, Devices and Nanotechnology (IAMDN) and the Rutgers Energy Institute (REI). Teddy leads a research group working on the development of various novel multifunctional nanomaterials for catalysis, biocatalysis, sensors and biosensors, solar cells and renewable energy, and nanomedicine for cancer treatment. Teddy was a Fulbright Fellow and currently holds a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, is a recipient of multiple federal and local research grants and also serves as a panelist for several federal and international agencies.
Dunbar P. Birnie III holds the Corning/Saint-Gobain/Malcolm G. McLaren Distinguished Chair in Ceramic Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He is an expert in materials and coatings for computer components and solar cells. Recent research has focused on making titanium oxide coatings for application in dye-sensitized solar cells.He has published more than 70 journal articles and is co-author of a book regarded as the primary teaching text for ceramic science and engineering students. He is also the faculty advisor to the Rutgers Solar Racing Car Team which is student-run organization that designs, builds, and races cars in the biennial North American Solar Challenge - an intercollegiate competition where solar-powered cars race long distance on the open road.
Stacy Bonos is an Assistant Professor of perennial grass breeding in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology at Rutgers University since 2004. Her research focuses on the development of improved, pest-resistant and stress-tolerant native grasses and turfgrasses using an integration of classical and molecular techniques. She has co-developed over 72 cultivars and has been growing and conducting switchgrass breeding field trials for the past six years. She is already in the process of releasing several new switchgrass cultivars for improved biofuel characteristics. Dr. Bonos has a demonstrated track record of leading cross-disciplinary and/or multi-institutional collaborations by serving as the project manager for a USDA funded project to identify regional optimum biomass productivity of native grasses on marginal land. She has also received an Environmental Steward Award for her switchgrass research in NJ.
Margaret Brennan-Tonetta is Associate Director of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), Rutgers University and Director of Economic Development. She is responsible for the development and implementation of new economic growth initiatives. Margaret was the project director for an assessment of the biomass energy potential for New Jersey, commissioned by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The results of this assessment were included in the 2009 New Jersey State Energy Master Plan. Margaret also is responsible for administrative oversight for several Rutgers centers, as well as technology transfer for the NJAES. She is an economist with expertise in economic development strategies, bioenergy economics and policy, and land management strategies.
Anthony J. Broccoli is Director of the Center for Environmental Prediction and Co-Director of the Rutgers Climate and Environmental Change Initiative. He is a Professor in the Dept. of Environmental Sciences, and he is also a member of the Graduate Program in Atmospheric Science. His primary research interest is climate modeling, especially the simulation of past climates and climate change. His research has involved a broad range of topics including the climate of the last ice age, the effects of mountains on regional aridity, the response of climate to changes in the earth’s orbit, the response of the tropical circulation to high-latitude climate forcing, and the roles of natural and anthropogenic forcing in the changes in climate that have been observed during the 20th century.. He has been a contributor and reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and is a member of the International Commission on Climate. He frequently speaks to general audiences about climate change and its impacts.
Edward Castner, Jr. is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Chemical Physics. As a physical chemist, his interests in energy research focus on detailed investigations of electron-transfer processes in condensed phases and a complete understanding of the physics and chemistry of room-temperature ionic liquids. Ionic liquids are crucial components in advanced energy technologies, including ultracapacitors, next-generation lithium batteries, solar photoelectrochemical cells, hydrogen fuel cells, and advanced nuclear fuel cycles. He is the lead investigator for a five-institution research consortium funded by the DOE Solar Photochemistry program on the topic of "Physical Chemistry of Reaction Dynamics in Ionic Liquids". His research work continues to focus on understanding rapid phenomena using ultrafast laser spectroscopy. However, the diversity of structures and timescales encountered in ionic liquids have led his group to gain experience in NMR dynamics, X-ray scattering, electrochemistry and chemical synthesis.
Manish Chhowalla is a Professor and the Donald H Jacobs Chair in Applied Physics (2009- 2011)in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Rutgers University (NJ, USA). He is also the Director of the Nanotechnology for Clean Energy Program at Rutgers. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1998 where he stayed on to do a postdoc until 2000 when he was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. In January of 2003, he joined Rutgers as an Assistant Professor. He moved to Imperial College London for one year between 2009 and 2010 before returning to Rutgers. He currently holds a Visiting Professorship at Imperial. He has won the US National Science Foundation's Early CAREER Award, the Sigma Young Investigator Award for the Mid-Atlantic Region, and the Wolfson Merit Award from the Royal Society of UK among others. His research interests are in large area electronics from solution processable materials for energy applications.
Fuat E. Celik is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Research in his group focuses on the use of heterogeneous catalysts to open new pathways for energy conversion to produce liquid fuels and chemicals from alternatives to petroleum, including syngas conversion and direct biomass conversion. He seeks to design new catalysts and catalytic reactions by elucidating the relationship between the nanoscale structure and composition of a catalyst and its macroscopic performance by using a combination of experimental and theoretical techniques including in-situ spectroscopy and quantum mechanical modeling. He is a member of the Rutgers Energy Institute, the Institute for Advanced Materials, Devices,and Nanotechnology , and the Rutgers Catalysis Research Center .
Charles Dismukes is a member of the Rutgers faculties of the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, the Waksman Institute and the Biochemistry and Microbiology Department. His research interests focus on biological and chemical methods for renewable solar-based fuel production, photosynthesis, metals in biological systems and tools for investigating these systems. His published works describe the biology and chemistry of oxygen production in natural photosynthetic systems, the synthesis and characterization of bioinspired catalysts for renewable energy production, and the use of microorganisms as cell factories for the production of bio-fuels from renewable sources. Graphical details can be found here . He is Principal Investigator of the BioSolarH2 team, a multi-institutional research center focusing on microbial hydrogen.
Paul Falkowski is a Board of Governors Professor of Geological Sciences at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and in the Department of Geological Sciences. His research interests include biophysics, photosynthesis, photobiology, molecular evolution, signal transduction, apoptosis, biogeochemical cycles and symbiosis. He is widely-recognized for his contributions in the fields of biogeochemistry (specifically carbon and nitrogen cycling), climate change, and his co-authorship of a book on aquatic photosynthesis. Dr. Falkowski is an advisor to the National Science Foundation and NASA and serves on the Mars Architecture Mission team, the Earth System Science and Applications advisory Committee, is the co-chair of the IGBP Carbon Cycle Working Group, and a member of the Carbon Cycle Science Steering Committee. In 2007 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and in 2008 became a Fellow at the American Academy of Microbiology.
Thomas N. Farris is Dean of Engineering. He is the 2008 W.A. Gustafson Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher. He has supervised more than 45 M.S. and Ph.D. theses, authored or co-authored more than 100 archival publications as well as more than 100 papers and presentations at conferences. Research in fretting fatigue led to computer software now used throughout the aircraft engine industry to assess the effect of attachment fatigue on high cycle fatigue of gas turbines. He has been acknowledged for research by an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship, the ASME/Boeing Structures and Materials Award for outstanding paper of 1998 SDM, the Journal of Strain Analysis P E Publishing Award in 2002, and the ASME's Burt L. Newkirk Award and is Fellow of ASME (2001) and AIAA (2009).
Frank A. Felder is the Director of the Center for Energy, Economic and Environmental Policy at the Rutgers' Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Franks primary research area is the reliability and efficiency of restructured electric power systems. He has published widely in professional and academic journals on market power and mitigation, wholesale market design,reliability, transmission planning, market power, and rate design issues. For industry clients, he has conducted several market power analyses and has testified before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and several state utility commissions on market power and mitigation. Frank is a reviewer for several academic journals including The Energy Journal and the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems.
Leonard C. Feldman is Vice President, Physical Science and Engineering Partnerships and Director of the Institute for Advanced Materials, Devices and Nanotechnology. He is a Professor in the departments of Physics and Astronomy and Materials Science and Engineering. His research focuses on basic studies of surface, ultrathin film and interface systems that are of relevance to advanced technology. Current research interests include the development of power electronics for efficient grid applications and non-linear optical interactions with solids. Dr. Feldman has extensive experience in materials analysis and interface science.
Donna Fennell is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences. She is an environmental engineer specializing in microbial processes in engineered and natural systems. Her research is focused in the thrust areas of bioremediation, bioaerosols, and bioenergy. Her current research projects include anaerobic digestion of equine waste, recovery of bioammonia for energy, remediation of sediments and groundwater contaminated with halogenated compounds and activity of bacteria in air.
Eric L. Garfunkel is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and is the Associate Director for the Institute for Advanced Materials, Devices and Nanotechnology. His research focuses on basic studies of surface, ultrathin film and interface systems that are of relevance to advanced technology. His lab uses ion scattering, scanning probe and electron microscopies, electron spectroscopy, and other surface and thin film methods. Past studies have included work on atomic and molecular adsorption and reaction, thin film growth, interface structure and oxidation. His recent work is primarily in nanoelectronics. One project involves alternative gate dielectrics and metallization. A second main research area is molecular electronics, where his group has focused on interfaces issues. Other current interests include nano-technology, and bio-materials and polymer interfaces.
Alan Goldman is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and is a collaborating member of the Center for the Activation and Transformation of Strong Bonds (based at the University of Washington). His research is focused on the reactions between transition metal complexes and organic molecules. His recent research has been focused on dual-catalyst systems which converts Fischer Topsch materials into "green diesel" - which has fewer particulates and less carbon monoxide than diesel fuels currently used throughout the U.S.
Qizhong (George) Guo is an Associate Professor and Director of Fluid Mechanics and Hydroinformatics Laboratories in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His energy-related areas of expertise include hydrodynamics, low-head hydropower, wave and tidal energy, civil engineering infrastructure, and environmental impact assessment. He has conducted a feasibility study of hydroelectric development for the County of Atlantic, and has evaluated hydrokinetic turbine technologies. He is teaching a green-infrastructure graduate course that covers harvesting of energy from the existing water infrastructure such as dams, canals, and wastewater treatment plants. Dr. Guo is a licensed civil engineer and a diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers.
Serpil Guran is currently serving as the director of the Rutgers EcoComplex. Prior to joining Rutgers University, she served as a research scientist in the Economic Growth and Green Energy Program at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP).
Serpil Guran also served as research associate at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, on thermal processing, such as pyrolysis, combustion and gasification of biomass and waste and at Princeton University, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, Princeton, NJ, on rocket fuel combustion, and NOx emissions reductions. She specializes in renewable energy technologies especially biomass, biorefineries and biofuels. Her current research interests are low carbon biofuels, renewable energy, electricity generation from renewables biomass, green credits, energy efficiency, grid reliability, distributed generation, fuel cells, micro-turbines and sustainability.
She holds B.Sc. and M. Sc. in Chemical Engineering, and Ph.D. in Fuel and Energy Engineering. In addition to a patent and invention disclosures, her publications appeared in magazines such as Fuel, Energy & Fuels, Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, and Journal of Institute of Energy.
Max Haggblom is Chair and Professor of the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology. His current research interests are in environmental microbiology, specifically in the bioexploration, cultivation and characterization of novel microbes. His work focuses on the "unusual appetites" of bacteria in the study of their diverse catabolic activities in the biodegradation of anthropogenic pollutants and their natural analogues. Another area of interest is the role and function of the microbial communities in Arctic and boreal soil ecosystems and their adaptations and responses to temperature shifts and other environmental fluctuations.
Gal Hochman is an Associate Professor in Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics. Dr. Hochman received his Ph.D. in Economics at Columbia University in 2004, and joined Rutgers University in 2011 as an Associate Professor. While coming out of his Ph.D. he focused on international trade agreements and crony capitalism and the stay at UC Berkeley introduced him to energy and agricultural biotechnology. Dr. Hochman's current work focuses on the political economy of fuel policy, as well as the economics of renewable energy. His research shows the importance of modeling OPEC as a cartel-of-nations and identifies key factors affecting fuel policy. Dr. Hochman's work also quantifies the importance of inventories in the 2007/08 food commodity price spike. His work on energy, trade, and the environment shows that allocation of rights among different entities along the supply chain has distributional impacts, which can become a stumbling block to a climate agreement.
Susan E. Jackson is a Distinguished Professor of Human Resource Management in the School of Management and Labor Relations. Her primary areas of expertise for teaching and scholarship include managing for environmental sustainability, work team diversity, and strategic human resource management systems.
Dr. Jackson is the author or editor of several books, including, Managing Human Resources, 11th edition (with R. Schuler and S. Werner), Managing Knowledge for Sustainable Competitive Advantage (with M. Hitt and A. DeNisi), Managing Human Resources in Cross-Border Alliances (with R. Schuler and Y. Luo), and Diversity in Work Teams. Her newest book (with D. Ones and S. Dilchert), Managing Human Resources in Environmentally Sustainable Organizations, examines how HRM practices are being shaped by business strategies aimed at improving their environmental performance records in response to increasing pressures from employees, customers, and investors.
Harry W. Janes was the
founding director of the Rutgers EcoComplex and directed several research and
demonstration projects involving the use of Alternate Energy in agriculture. Among these are the use of landfill gas as a
source of energy, the demonstration of landfill gas cleanup technology and the
collection, use and storage of solar energy, for greenhouse crop production. At
the EcoComplex, Dr. Janes supported research on the development of landfill gas
cleanup technology and research into the sequestration of carbon dioxide. His
research involves plant environmental interactions and has resulted in a
greater understanding of plant source-sink relationships and the molecular
control of starch synthesis. The focus
of this work has been the expression and control of ADP-glucose
pyrophosphorylase as means of enhancing the sink strength of certain
fruit. Recently he has studied the
kinetics of the production of algal biomass grown under controlled
conditions. Dr. Janes has two patents
relating to his work on enhancing and predicting crop growth and yield.
Bob Kopp is Associate Director of the Rutgers Energy Institute and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences. His research focuses in part on understanding different past states of the Earth system and the transitions between them, in order to test models of future global change, and in part on integrated assessment of the effects of policy on energy, economic and climate systems. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, Bob was a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Office of Climate Change Policy & Technology. Major focuses of his work at DOE included developing approaches for incorporating climate change impacts into regulatory analysis and advancing energy efficiency through international cooperation. Previously, he was a Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy postdoctoral research fellow in Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs and its Department of Geosciences. Bob received his Ph.D. in geobiology from Caltech and his S.B. in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago.
Jerome J. Kukor is an Associate Professor of Microbial Biochemistry/ Environmental Microbiology in the Department of Environmental Sciences. His research focuses on microbial metabolism with an emphasis on understanding the determinants of biodegradability of anthropogenic environmental contaminants. Additionally, he is the Dean of Academic Programs & Research at the School of Environmental & Biological Sciences, and he is the Interim Dean of the Graduate School – New Brunswick.
Robin M. Leichenko is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and the Director of the Initiative on Climate and Society. Her current research focuses on the economic and social dimensions of climate change impacts, vulnerabilities, and adaptation change in U.S. cities and regions. Leichenko is a review editor for Working Group II of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She is also serving on a U.S. National Academies panel on Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on Social and Political Stresses. Her 2008 book, entitled, Environmental Change and Globalization: Double Exposures (Oxford University Press), received the Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Contribution in Geography from the Association of American Geographers. Leichenko earned a Ph.D. in Geography (1997) and an M.A. in Economics (1995) from Penn State University. She also holds an M.A. in Geography (1991) from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and a B.S. in English (1989) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Eric Lam is a Professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology since 1989 and is currently serving as the Director for the Biotechnology Center for Agriculture and the Environment at Rutgers. His research interests include the study of mechanisms that control programmed cell death and stress tolerance in plants, the regulation of global gene expression via chromatin organization, and more recently, the application of genetic engineering approaches in higher plants to facilitate cellulosic fermentation of plant biomass. Dr. Lam is author on over 130 publications in journals, including Science and Nature, and has been awarded 5 patents relating to biotechnology methods. In addition to actively translating advances from basic research to applications in the field, he is also developing close ties in education with partners in Brazil, Germany and China.
Jing Li is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Her research is focused on the development of new functional materials for (renewable) energy storage and conversion applications, including microporous metal organic framework (MMOF) structures for hydrogen storage, inorganic-organic hybrid semiconductors for photovoltaics, solid state lighting and thermoelectrics. Her research programs in these areas are currently being funded by federal (DOE and NSF) and industrial grants.
Desmond Lun is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and a member of the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology. His research interests are in synthetic biology, systems biology, biological signal processing, and network science. His research is particularly focused on developing in silico methods to direct the genomic engineering of microorganisms for biofuel purposes.
Kevin Lyons is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management and Marketing Sciences (SCMMS) at Rutgers Business School and Associate Director at Rutgers EcoComplex . Dr. Lyons primarily conducts supply chain archeology research involving both end-of-product-life archeological dig research (global landfills, waste sites and dumps, waterways, dumpster diving, etc.) as well as archeological/ sustainability studies of supply chain impacts (from design, raw material extraction, logistics, manufacture, consumption-use, to end-of-product life (which includes post-consumer product waste archeological studies of energy valuation, water, and air impacts and costs). This research is used to inform all global supply chain, sourcing, procurement, and financial stakeholders of resource impacts, opportunities and innovations they can be incorporated as part of their day-to-day decision-making actions and activities. He also contributes to implementing local, national and international environmental economic development policy, sustainable and renewable energy and waste-to-energy systems and environmental and sustainable social policy and financial impact forecasting (e.g. Sarbanes Oxley Corporate Social and Environmental Impact Reporting). His technology research involves the development and integration of global environmental, social, economic, ethical criteria and data into supply chain/procurement systems and processes via enhanced supply chain value systems (enterprise resource planning systems primarily).
Monica Mazurek is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and is and directs the Energy and Environment Program in the Center for Advanced Infrastructure & Transportation (CAIT). Her research interests include air quality engineering; alternative fuels and transportation infrastructure; chemical compositions, sources, distributions and fates of carbonaceous aerosol particles; and analytical methods for organic compounds in environmental and chemical engineering processes. She received the 2001 and 2007 Haagen-Smit Awards for papers she co-authored on molecular composition, modeling, and source attribution of atmospheric fine particles. The award recognizes benchmark contributions to atmospheric chemistry and air quality research. She is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change committee which shares the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Joachim Messing is a Professor of Molecular Biology and is the director of the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers. Messing was also the founding acting chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and the Department of Genetics. Messings research is concerned with the molecular and genetic mechanisms of quantitative traits in plants for improving the nutritional quality of maize and the comparative genomics of cereal chromosomes. Messing, who is a member of many industrial, scientific, and editorial boards, is renowned for initiating and developing the use of single-stranded DNA phage M13, the pUC plasmids, universal primers and polycloning sites for gene cloning and DNA sequencing, which has facilitated the deciphering of the entire genetic code from microorganisms to plants and human in the last 25 years. In May 1990, The Scientist ranked Messing first among science leaders of the decade (most-cited US Scientists, 1981-1988, under 45 years old) and in October 1991, the journal SCIENCE 254:28 presented a list with Messing as the most frequently cited scientist of the decade of all sciences.
Kenneth G. Miller is Professor (II) and and Vice-Chair of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He received an A.B. from Rutgers College (1978) and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography (1982). Author of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers, his most significant publications include widely cited synthesis of Cenozoic oxygen isotopes (Miller et al., 1987) and syntheses of global sea-level change (Miller et al., 1998, 2005). He was awarded the 2003 Rosenstiel Award from the University of Miami and is a two-time JOI/USSAC Distinguished Lecturer (1995, 2006). His interest is in geological carbon sequestration in saline aquifers, particularly beneath the New Jersey coastal plain and adjacent continental shelf and slope. Along with Greg Mountain (EPS) and Ying Fan Reinfelder (EPS and Department of Environmental Sciences) and the New Jersey Geological Survey, he is working on DOE phase 1 characterization of this region.
Fernando Muzzio is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Rutgers University and serves as the director of the Engineering Research Center on Structured Organic Composites, a National Science Foundation initiative based at Rutgers and involving Purdue, NJIT, and University of Puerto Rico. For the last 15 years, pharmaceutical product and process design has been Professor Muzzio’s main research and educational focus. He is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, and patents, and several hundred lectures at technical conferences, companies, and universities in areas relevant to the pharmaceutical industry. In 1996, supported by the NSF, the State of NJ, and several pharmaceutical companies, he founded the Pharmaceutical Engineering Program at Rutgers University, the first such program in the country. Between 1996 and 2002, Professor Muzzio also directed the Rutgers/NJIT particle processing research center. In 2005, under his direction, Rutgers, NJIT, and Univ. of Puerto Rico launched the Doctoral training program on Nanopharmaceutical Engineering. He is a member of the executive committee of NIPTE.
Robert A. Niederman is a Professor and founding Vice Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. His research interests focus on the structure, function and assembly of energy transducing membranes using a variety of integrated biochemical and biophysical and molecular genetic approaches. He is currently studying the structural and functional proteomics of the development of the bacterial photosynthetic apparatus in a project supported by DOE. He has served as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Bacteriology and as a Guest Editor of a Special Issue of Photosynthetic Research on photosynthetic antenna pigments and complexes arising from an International Light-Harvesting Systems Workshop for which he serves as a Co-Organizer. His laboratory was the first to isolate a functional core antenna complex from purple bacteria and he has also been involved in a collaborative effort in which the first surface images of the organization of a multicomponent biological membrane were obtained at submolecular resolution by atomic force microscopy.
Carl E. Pray is a Professor II in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, SEBS, Rutgers. His research is on the economics of research and innovation in biofuels in the U.S., Brazil and Asia. In 2008-9 he was on sabbatical at the Energy Biosciences Institute and Agricultural and Resource Economics Department at the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches an advanced undergraduate course in Bioscience Policy at SEBS approximate one third of which focuses on bioenergy (the other two thirds are on food and health), and is the President of the International Consortium of Applied Bioeconomy Research which organizes annual conferences in Italy and California on the economics of biotechnology, bioenergy, agriculture, and health.
Ronald Ransome is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy
and Graduate Program Director. He received his B.Sc. from the Colorado School of Mines (1976) and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (1981).
His research deals with studies of the structure of the nucleon using electron probes (at Jefferson Lab in Newport News, VA) and neutrino probes (Fermilab,
Batavia, IL). He has taught the physics section of the SAS Signature Course on Energy and Climate.
Richard Riman is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research is focused on the discovery and development of green manufacturing methods for the production of ceramics in order to provide sustainable solutions to significant technological and environmental problems. His use of hydrothermal technology spans photonic, biomedical, electronic and structural fields. Professor Riman also has entrepreneurial interests, most recently founding Solidia Technologies, a company providing green construction materials for building and infrastructure applications. He holds a B.S. degree in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers and a Ph.D. from MIT in Materials Science and Engineering. He is the recipient of many research awards including those from NIH, NSF, ALCOA, DuPont, Johnson & Johnson and the American Ceramic Society. Professor Riman is the author of 181 publications and presented over 470 papers, with more than 240 of those as invited presentations.
Ying Fan Reinfelder is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment between Earth and Planetary Sciences and Environmental Sciences. Her research interest is global water cycle in the past and the future, its role in the terrestrial carbon cycle, and carbon sequestration in deep saline aquifers.
Joseph J. Seneca is University Professor of Economics at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University. He is the author of over 200 articles, reports, and books on economic policy, public finance, environmental economics, and state economic development. From 1991 to 2003 he served as Rutgers Vice President for Academic Affairs, the chief academic officer of the university and was responsible for all academic units and programs on the New Brunswick Campus. For many years he served as the Chairman of the New Jersey Council of Economic Advisers. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Rachael Shwom is an assistant professor in the Human Ecology department who specializes in climate and society. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology with a specialization in Environmental Science and Policy at Michigan State University in 2008. Her dissertation research focused on how different governmental, business, and environmental organizations have sought to bring more efficient residential appliances to the market (NSF Grant # 0724905). She has also published on the formation of public opinions on climate change, social science’s role in enabling decision-makers to act on climate change under uncertainty, and media’s coverage of climate change. She will be investigating building occupants and management’s experiences with new energy efficiency technologies as part of the Rutgers research team involved in the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC). Previous to returning to graduate school, Rachael worked at the Consortium for Energy Efficiency where she helped energy demand side management program managers run programs to improve commercial HVAC and refrigeration efficiency.
Hilary Sigman is Professor of Economics at Rutgers University and Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. She conducts research on the empirical effects of environmental policy. Her recent research has focused on the law and economics of brownfields, transboundary water pollution, and the environmental implications of decentralization of public policies and has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency. She has served on the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee of the U.S. EPA's Science Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. She holds a B.A. from Yale, an M.Phil. from Cambridge University (U.K.), and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Sunil Somalwar is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He has taught several undergraduate classes on energy issues at Rutgers since 2000. He is also an active volunteer with the Sierra Club of New Jersey and advises New Jerseys' environmental groups on energy issues.
David Specca has worked at the nation's first Environmental Research and Extension Center; the Rutgers EcoComplex, for the past ten years on large and small scale biomass-based renewable energy technologies. His responsibilities include identifying, demonstrating and promoting renewable energy technologies. Currently, the facility is working on technologies in landfill gas cleanup, anaerobic digestion, ethanol production, biodiesel and renewable hydrogen. Dave also directs the activities of a one-acre hydroponic vegetable and aquaculture greenhouse facility powered by several landfill gas to energy technologies. Dave is one of the originators of the Garden State Ethanol, Inc., a grassroots effort to build a 40 million-gallon-per-year corn to ethanol plant. Dave's family also has a "u-pick" fruit and vegetable farm and he is pursuing a PhD in Plant Science at Rutgers University.
Michael Trachtenberg is an entrepreneur in the Energy and Environment space and a former academic. He holds several positions of relevance to Energy and Environment. Principally he is Managing Director of Greenhouse Gas Industries, LLC. In addition, he advises several other companies in the Energy and Environment space. These enterprises are involved in CO2 capture, oxygen enrichment, conversion of CO2 to hydrocarbon fuels, and removal of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) from various gas streams including the sweetening of natural gas. These projects have in common the use of catalysts, microfluidics, membranes, electrochemistry and energy minimalization. All of these projects are targeted at improved use and production of energy while reducing greenhouse gas levels.
Previously Dr. Trachtenberg was a neurobiologist with appointments at Harvard Medical School, Boston University School of Medicine and The University of Texas Medical Branch. He has also held Visiting Scientist positions at the Brain Research Institute in Zurich, Rice University Department of Biochemistry and Rutgers University Department of Plant Science and currently in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. He has received extensive grant support from NINDS, NEI, NASA and DOE. He has over 130 publications and has been granted 3 patents to date.
Kathryn Uhrich is a Professor of Chemistry at Rutgers University. She received a B.S. degree (1986) in Chemistry at the University of North Dakota, and Ph.D. degree (1992) in Organic Chemistry from Cornell University. Before moving to her present post at Rutgers in 1995, she held post-doctoral positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research is funded by National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Kathryn has received the Johnson & Johnson Discovery (1996), Hoechst Celanese Innovative Research (1996 and 1997), and National Science Foundation CAREER (2000) awards. Kathryn is co-founder of Polymerix (2000), recipient of the 2003 recipient of New Jersey's "Best Life Sciences/Healthcare Company". Recent awards include the Thomas Alva Edison patent award (2003), New Jersey's Outstanding Scientist in Biomedical Research (2004), ACS-sponsored Buck-Whitney award (2005) and the New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik Award (2007). She was co-Director of an NSF IGERT program on "Biointerfaces" (2004-08) and co-Director for "Stem Cell" IGERT (2008-12). Since July 2009, Kathryn is the Dean of Mathematetical and Physical Sciences at Rutgers.
Michele Vittadello is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at CUNY/Medgar Evers College and at the CUNY Graduate School and University Center. He holds a joint appointment as a Visiting Assistant Research Professor in the Chemistry & Chemical Biology Department at Rutgers. Prior to his appointment, he was a post-doctoral researcher at Rutgers (2005-2008) and in 2007 he was awarded funding by the Rutgers Energy Institute for research in photosynthetic bio-hydrogen production. He is primarily interested in the investigation of fundamental physical-chemical properties of nanomaterials and biomaterials with potential applications in the field of energy storage/generation and chemical sensing. His work has been published in journals such as, J. Phys. Chem., Macromol. Chem. and Phys., Electrochim. Acta, J. Electrochem. Soc., Solid State Ionics, J. Power Sources and Inorg. Chim. Acta.
Lily Y. Young is the Chair of, and Professor II in, the Department of Environmental Sciences, and has been named the first Dean of International Programs and Research for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences in Fall 2008. She is also on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, SERDP. Her current research examines the diverse microbial communities of anaerobic organisms (i.e. denitrifiers, iron reducers, sulfidogens, methanogens) with respect to their ability to metabolize anthropogenically produced and naturally occurring aromatic compounds.