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Richard Abrams
Professor of history in the Graduate School
Study phone: (510) 527-0462
Email: abramsr@berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: Modern U.S. history, government-business relations, political economy of industrial societies, and the history of deregulation.

Paul Alivisatos
Professor of chemistry
Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences and  Director of the Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Office phone: (510) 643-7371, 642-2148
Email: alivis@berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: nanocrystal photovoltaics for solar power; nanocrystal/polymer composites for light emitting diodes and photovoltaics; fundamental studies of nanocrystal physics and synthesis.

Alex Bell
Professor of chemical engineering
Faculty senior scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Office phone: (510) 642-1536
Email: bell@cchem.berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: catalysis; production of fuels and biofuels via catalytic processes; reduction of NOx emissions; use of catalysts for green (environmentally friendly) chemical production.    

Harvey Blanch
Professor of chemical engineering
Faculty senior scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Office phone: (510) 642-1387
Email: blanch@berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: biochemical engineering; enzyme engineering; enzymes for cellulosic biofuel production; ethanol and other biofuels.

Severin Borenstein
E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at Haas School of Business
Co-director of University of California Energy Institute
Member of governing board of California Power Exchange and California Attorney General's Gasoline Price Task Force
Office phone: (510) 642-3689 or 642-5145
Email: borenste@haas.berkeley.edu
Areas of Expertise: Business competition and government regulation, deregulated electricity markets, and gasoline and oil industries.

Charles C. Benton
Professor of architecture
Faculty member at UC Berkeley's Center for the Built Environment
Office phone: (510) 642-4942
Email: crisp@berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: Architecture and energy.

Gail Brager
Professor of Architecture
Associate Director, Center for the Built Environment
Office phone:  (510) 642-1696
Email:  gbrager@berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise:  Green building design, energy use of buildings, innovative facades and mechanical systems, indoor environmental quality, natural ventilation, post-occupancy evaluation methods.

Elton J. Cairns
Professor of chemical engineering
Faculty senior scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Office phone: (510) 486-5028, 642-8537
Email: ejcairns@lbl.gov
Areas of expertise: Hydrogen fuel cells; fuel cell technology; methanol and ethanol fuel cells; lithium-ion batteries and new battery technology; electrodes, catalysts; electric vehicles; federal energy policy; federal energy research priorities.

Jamie Cate
Associate professor of chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology
Faculty scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Office phone: (510) 642-1536
Email: jcate@lbl.gov
Areas of expertise: Protein synthesis; biochemistry of enzymes for potential production of biofuels; biochemistry, structural biology, and biophysics of protein synthesis by ribosome.

Douglas Clark
Professor of chemical engineering
Office phone: (510) 642-2408, 643-1228
Email: clark@cchem.berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: biochemical engineering, enzyme technology, extremophiles and extremophilic enzymes; biofuels from algae.

Gregory L. Fenves
Professor of civil engineering
Office phone: (510) 643-8543 or 642-6463
Email: fenves@ce.berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: Disaster preparedness, including readiness of California to respond to massive power failure.

Harrison S. Fraker Jr.
Professor of architecture and urban design
Office phone: (510) 642-4942
Email: fraker@berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: Sustainable development and ecological design.

Lee Friedman
Professor of public policy at Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy
Former instructor in regulatory economics for California Public Utilities Commission
Office phone: (510) 642-7513
Email: lfried@berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: Public policy analysis and energy regulation.

John Harte
Professor in Energy and Resources Group (ERG) and Resources & Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management (ESPM)
Current holder of the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professorship in Energy
Office phone: (510) 642-8553
Email: jharte@berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: Energy and the environment

Lutgard C. De Jonghe
Professor of materials science and engineering
Office phone: (510) 486-6138
Email: dejonghe@lbl.gov
Areas of expertise: Efficient and clean burning fuel cells that burn hydrogen or hydrocarbons extracted from natural gas and converted to electricity. They can be used in the home or to create new generation of electric power plants.

Daniel M. Kammen
Professor of energy and society in the Energy and Resources Group
Director of Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL)
Office phone: (510) 643-2243 (RAEL) or 642-1139
Email: kammen@berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: Developing and employing renewable, appropriate sources of energy to reduce energy costs and boost efficiency, cultural context and social impacts of new technologies and resource management systems.

Jay D. Keasling
Professor of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering
Director of Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center
Director of Physical Biosciences Division at LBNL
Office phone: (510) 495-2620
Email: keasling@berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: engineering pathways for alternative biofuels from isoprenoids and fatty acids; examining the toxicity of biofuels to the host microorganism with the aim of engineering tolerance into the producer; developing biological components (gene expression control systems, metabolic pathways, enzymes) and host cells (Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiae) for production of biofuels.

John D. Kubiatowicz
Professor of computer science
Office phone: (510) 643-6817
Email: kubitron@cs.berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: "OceanStore" data storage system, which stashes data on computers around the world and makes them accessible via the Internet to avoid power failure-caused losses of computer information stored in corporate data banks and home PCs.

Jeff Long
Associate professor of chemistry
Office phone: (510) 642-0860, 643-3832
Email: jlong@bereley.edu
Areas of expertise: Hydrogen storage for fuel cell vehicles; hydrogen storage in microporous metal-organic frameworks; synthesis of inorganic coordination compounds.  

Michael Marletta
Professor of chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology
Chair, Department of Chemistry
Office phone: (510) 643-9325, 643-9358
Email: marletta@berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: catalytic and biological properties of enzymes; biochemistry of enzymes for potential production of biofuels, molecular characterization of nitric oxide signaling.

Tasios Melis
Professor of plant and microbial biology
Office phone: (510) 642-8166
Email: melis@berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: Using green algae to produce hydrogen, an alternative energy source, from sunlight and water via the natural process of photosynthesis.

John Newman
Professor of chemical engineering
Faculty senior scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Office phone: (510) 642-4063, 643-1972
Email: newman@newman.cchem.berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: lithium batteries for hybrid vehicles, industrial electrochemical processes, and methanol fuel cells; investigation of efficient and economical methods for electrochemical energy conversion and storage; storage of electrical energy in liquid fuels.

Richard Norgaard
Professor of energy and resources in the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) and of agricultural and resource economics
Office phone: (510) 642-3465
Home office phone: (510) 845-5359
Email: norgaard@berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: Economics of renewable energy, economics of climate change and the economic, institutional and historical contexts of energy issues

Shmuel Oren
Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Berkeley site director of Systems Engineering Research Center
Office phone: (510) 642-1836
Email: shmuel@euler.berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: Economics, planning and operation of electric power systems, market-based coordination of network systems, energy economics, risk management and trading systems.

Per F. Peterson
Professor of Nuclear Engineering
Chair of UC Berkeley's Nuclear Engineering Department
Office phone: (510) 643-7749
Email: peterson@nuc.berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: Reactor safety, advanced reactor systems, waste management and inertial fusion energy.

Jan Rabaey
Professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences
Office phone: (510) 666-3102 or 642-0253
Email: jan@eecs.berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: Technological innovations to enhance energy efficiency through use of "smart" buildings and design of low-power technologies for computer systems.

Robb Willer
Assistant professor of sociology
Office phone: (607) 339-6466 (leave messages)
Email: willer@berkeley.edu
Interview topics: Trends in Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) purchasing.

Catherine Wolfram
Associate professor of economics at Haas School of Business
Executive director, Center for Energy and Environmental Innovation
Research associate at UC Energy Institute
Office phone: (510) 642-9590, ext. 205, or 642-2588
Email: wolfram@haas.berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: Energy markets, energy consumption and changes in home energy costs.

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