Future of Materials

Monday 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. - Potomac C

Dr. James Klausner, Program Director, ARPA-E
Dr. John Lemmon, Program Director, ARPA-E
Dr. Elizabeth Santori, Fellow, ARPA-E
Dr. Amul Tevar, Fellow, ARPA-E

Dr. James Klausner
Program Director, ARPA-E
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Dr. James F. Klausner currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). His main focuses include: waste heat and solar driven, low temperature desalination; solar thermal energy driven synthetic fuel synthesis; heat exchangers for spacecraft; and high heat flux cooling. In addition to his position at ARPA-E, Dr. Klausner is a Newton C. Ebaugh Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida.

At the University of Florida, Dr. Klausner served as the Chair of the Energy Strategic Planning Committee from 2009-2012, Interim Director for Electronic Delivery of Graduate Education from 2006-2007, and as Coordinator for the Thermal Science and Fluid Dynamics Research and Education Group in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from 2002-2012. Within the academic engineering community, he is best known for his fundamental science contributions to thermal fluids energy transport. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences, in addition to serving on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, Frontiers in Heat and Mass Transfer, and the Open Journal for Thermodynamics. He has authored more than 100 technical publications in the thermal fluid sciences and is author of eight patents or patent applications.

Dr. Klausner received a B.S. in marine systems engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1984, and M.S. and Ph.D.. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1986 and 1989, respectively.

Dr. John Lemmon
Program Director, ARPA-E
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Dr. John P. Lemmon currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E). His program focuses include energy conversion and storage systems.

Dr. Lemmon is on assignment from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) where he is a Chief Scientist in the Energy Materials Laboratory. At PNNL Lemmon has studied the materials science and electrochemical properties of several battery chemistries including Li,-ion, Li, Na, organic, and capacitor based systems. His focus has been on enabling energy storage for both transportation and grid applications while incorporating techo-economic models to down-select technologies. Lemmon has also developed materials programs in thin film photovoltaics focused on increased performance and cost reduction.

Prior to moving to PNNL Dr. Lemmon was a Senior Staff Scientist at General Electric’s Global Research Center and lead singer in the GRC inspired rock band “Global Indecision” for 13 years. At GE-GRC Lemmon played an integral role in developing several combinatorial-based programs including heterogeneous catalysis and materials for energy conversion and storage that has lead to over 30 US granted patents. More recently Lemmon participated in GEs development of energy storage technologies.

Dr. Lemmon received his B.S. in Chemistry form the University of Northern Colorado and his Ph.D. from Oregon State University, where he completed his thesis on materials for lithium ion batteries.

Dr. Elizabeth Santori
Fellow, ARPA-E
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Dr. Elizabeth Santori is an ARPA-E fellow, focusing on technologies for improving building efficiency, as well as on solar energy technologies.

Dr. Santori completed a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology under Professor Nathan Lewis. Her doctoral research focused on the fabrication and characterization of silicon microwire arrays, an emerging solar energy technology for photovoltaic and artificial photosynthetic devices.

During her Ph.D., Santori was a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academies. Working with the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, Santori conducted research on the status of wind power integration in electricity systems within the U.S. and internationally, and also contributed to a study on the barriers to deployment of electric vehicles, encompassing current infrastructure, finance, and consumer response.

Dr. Santori received her B.S. in Chemistry with Honors from the University of Chicago, completing a research thesis on the kinetic advantages of enzyme complexes under Professor Milan Mrksich.

Dr. Amul Tevar
Fellow, ARPA-E
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Dr. Amul D. Tevar is an ARPA-E Fellow who is working in energy storage, control systems (AMPED) and other emerging energy areas.

Before joining the ARPA-E team, Tevar received his Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He helped to invent new, low-cost sodium batteries that are now in commercial development for stationary energy storage. He also worked in novel, rapid synthesis routes and electron microscopy to investigate oxide production and lattice degradation at electrochemical interfaces. During his graduate studies, Tevar began work with a rural Haitian hospital to look at the integration of renewables to improve their long-term energy costs.

Dr. Tevar also holds a Masters in Public Health with an infectious disease focus from the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he was advised by the late Dr. Passaro. He later served as project coordinator for a blood disorder drug study. He has consulted for community health centers and a medical bioengineering startup prior to joining ARPA-E.

He holds a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he graduated with a thesis focused on porosity control of implantable bioceramics.