He received his bachelor’s degree in physics and his master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Washington. His main areas of research are distribution system analysis and power system operations. He is currently a principal research engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory working at the Battelle Seattle Research Center. He is an adjunct faculty member at Washington State University, an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington, and a licensed professional engineer in Washington. He is the past chair of the Distribution System Analysis Sub-Committee and the current secretary of the Analytics Methods for Power Systems Committee (AMPS); formerly known as the Power System Analysis, Computing, and Economics (PSACE) Committee.
His research program explores the use of nanostructured material architectures for solar energy conversion. From 1996 to 2006, he was a research staff member at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York investigating using polymer self-assembly for fabrication of high-performance semiconductor electronics. During his career, he has also performed experimental research in low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy, single-electron tunneling devices, superconductivity in metal nanoparticles, nanocrystal-based electronic devices, and ferroelectric non-volatile memories. He earned his doctorate in physics from Harvard University and bachelor’s in physics and mathematics from Vanderbilt University. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
He is a research and development engineer in the Experiment Analysis Group of Nuclear Science and Technology at Idaho National Laboratory. In his present position, he leads in-pile instrumentation development for transient irradiation testing and is a principal investigator for transient testing of metallic fuels. He is an experiment safety and performance analyst for experiments at the Advanced Test Reactor and the Transient Reactor Test Facility. In addition, he is a technical lead for measurement of thermophysical properties of nuclear materials. He has expertise in energy transport in condensed matter, liquids, gases, and material interfaces. He has significant experience in advanced measurements of thermophysical properties of nuclear materials using multi-scaled approaches, including nano-scale measurements using atomic force microscopy, laser-based microscopic photothermal methods, and bench-scale high temperature thermal conductivity techniques. He also has expertise in numerical and commercial finite element analysis. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Utah State University and a joint doctorate from Utah State University and Universite de Reims Champagne-Ardenne. He is a member of American Nuclear Society (ANS) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was the founding president of the ANS Student Chapter at Utah State University and currently serves as an Executive Committee member for the Material Science and Technology Division of ANS.
He received his bachelor's in chemistry from Reed College in 1990, and his doctorate in chemistry from Harvard University in 1996. He specializes in multi-disciplinary problem solving in the physical sciences and their corresponding engineering disciplines. Over his 22-year research and development (R&D) career, he has developed expertise in physical chemistry, chemical kinetics, atmospheric chemistry, instrumentation, electronics (digital, analog, power, and RF), spectroscopic sensing, lasers, fiber optics and wave guides, classical optics, electro-optics, electromagnetics, electromechanical systems, heat transfer, materials science, mechanical engineering, manufacturing processes, and renewable energy technologies.
He has won four R&D 100 Awards, holds numerous patents, has 10 active licenses on his inventions, and given many invited talks on the subject of serial innovation. In 2015, he was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy as its Inaugural SunShot Innovator in Residence. He invented the Radical-Ion Flow Battery under the SunShot Innovator in Residence Program to address the need for low-cost, highly scalable electrochemical grid storage, and the performance limitations of prior art battery chemistries in this demanding application. His current research portfolio is focused on electrochemical grid storage, the elimination of rare-earth magnets in wind turbines, and semiconductor thermal management (power electronics, CPUs, GPUs).
Dr. Chris Haase joins as Director of the Critical Materials Institute from GE Ventures, where he was Senior Director, leading new business creation and investment activities in the areas of oil & gas, power and renewables. With background in defense and natural resources, Chris has served as early-stage technology manager and investor in several corporate venture capital organizations, including Shell Technology Ventures Fund 1, BTG Ventures, Shell GameChanger and GE Ventures. In upstream energy, Chris served as the head business advisor to the Chief Technology Officer of Royal Dutch / Shell, managing alignment of R&D funding with the company’s long-term corporate strategy and value chains and also launching Shell’s latest venture fund, Shell Ventures. Additionally, Chris was Shell’s manager for external research, where he helped Shell close many innovative partnership agreements with universities and small enterprises in North America. With a background in numerical modeling, petrophysics and quantitative seismic interpretation, Chris has worked on oil & gas exploration and development projects, new upstream joint ventures and divestments involving assets in the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, North Sea, Middle East and Australia.
A former US Department of Defense Fellow and adjunct professor at the United States Naval Academy, Chris held R&D positions with the Naval Ocean Systems Center (now SPAWAR) and Department of Defense and also served as a 10-year volunteer commercialization advisor for the National Technology Transfer Center and US Missile Defense Agency. An inventor with several patents, Chris received his Ph.D. and MS degrees in mathematics from the University of Chicago, his MBA from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and his Bachelor of Science degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Ohio State University. Chris is married to Ineke and has two sons, Mark and Peter, both studying mechanical engineering in university.
As the Chemical Sciences Division director of Strategic Initiatives and Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) deputy director, she leads technical research and development program design and management, both foundational and applied, in semiconductor and energy science and technology arenas. She is broadly experienced in characterization of complex materials systems using solid state and gas phase methods and modeling of materials transformations, as well as process innovation, development, and root cause analysis, particularly for nanoscale modifications. Prior to joining Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, she managed materials development for the startup InVisage Technologies and handled materials research, business planning, and research alliances at IBM’s Almaden Research Center.
During his 30-year employment with Battelle, he contributed as an engineer, principal investigator, and project/program manager for projects supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and co-led Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL) internal initiative in Micro- and Meso-channel Process Technology (MMPT). The advantages of MMPT are especially recognized in the chemical engineering profession and led to an international conference (The International Microreaction Technology [IMRET] Conference), which is held on a regular basis on alternating continents. He was one of the original organizers of this conference. He is a Battelle Distinguished Inventor, holding 175 patents (34 U.S. and 141 foreign) with others still pending. His MMPT work received three R&D 100 Awards, including one in 2014 for the Solar Thermochemical Advanced Reactor System (STARS). Also, he was part of a team that received the 2001 National Laboratory Fuel Cell R&D Award from DOE. This body of work led to the development of multiple spin-off companies and the establishment of the joint PNNL-Oregon State University Microproducts Breakthrough Institute in Corvallis, Oregon. He is currently leading efforts at Battelle to develop solar thermochemical hardware and systems that use solar energy to drive moderate- to high-temperature endothermic chemical reactions. Most recently, under his direction, PNNL has advanced the STARS technology to Technology Readiness Level 5 with on-sun demonstrations achieving a peak solar to chemical energy conversion efficiency of 69%, a world record.
He is a staff scientist at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and a recognized expert in materials characterization and instrumentation. He has a doctorate in materials science and condenser matter physics from the University of California, Davis. His work has spanned global and nationwide collaborations. He has worked at premier nanocharacterization facilities at national laboratories and universities and has expert knowledge of scanning transmission electron microscopy, atom probe tomography and electron loss spectroscopy. His primary research interests lie in the investigation of materials and the origins of their physical properties. He has heavily leveraged the use of multidimensional microscopy, diffraction and artificial intelligence to address delays in data access and extraction, which has led to a new frontier in advanced microscopy. At INL, he continues to focus on the development and application of machine and deep learning in order to decipher and decimate information from images, spectra, and diffraction patterns to maximize the effectiveness, efficiency and utility of advanced microscopy. He is an invited academic faculty member and manager for a diverse group of postdoctoral research scientists, graduate students, and technicians across several national laboratories and universities. He is an author of 45 peer-reviewed publications, a recognized reviewer, and a technical contributing member to energy materials research. He was awarded two patents and has three patents pending, including an innovative approach to computational microscopy using machine learning.
He is the manager of the High Efficiency Crystalline Photovoltaics Group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). His interests at NREL have been in the development of next-generation multi-junction high-efficiency solar cells for concentrator systems and the transfer of this technology to industry. One of his early focuses after joining the group was to adapt the GaInP/GaAs multi-junction cell technology for concentrator operation, developing the first monolithic two-terminal solar cell to have a verified efficiency with more than 30%. More recently, he has studied novel semiconductor materials for photovoltaics, such as GaInNAs for potential application in a 1-eV-bandgap device on conventional GaAs or Ge substrates, as well as developing concepts for junctions suitable for fabrication on Si. His current work centers on development of future generations of lattice-mismatched multi-junction cell structures for ultrahigh-efficiency operation under concentration. He received his bachelor’s in physics from Princeton University and his doctorate in applied physics from Stanford University. He joined NREL in 1990.
He is a manager in the Energy Processes and Materials Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL). As a physical and materials chemist with research leadership experience on several clean energy topics at PNNL, he has managed solar energy programs since 2010. He was previously detailed with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), including in support of the National Laboratory Task Force of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. Prior to that, he served for 7 years as a manager of the Applied Materials Science Group at PNNL where he focused on developing and deploying materials science capabilities in support of the DOE’s energy mission. He received his doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Chicago.
He is a human factors engineer in the Human Factors, Controls, and Statistics Department with 37 years of experience in various human factors engineering roles in heavy industry, defense, nuclear, and commercial organizations. His primary focus is on making work more effective, efficient, and satisfying through the design of human-centered tools, methods, and work environments. He has worked at Idaho National Laboratory since 2010. His current work includes researching and developing methods and procedures to integrate human factors principles in the systems engineering process for advanced and modernized nuclear power stations with an emphasis on human-system interfaces and control room design and information visualization. He has a master’s degree in human computer interaction from the University of South Africa and associate degrees in human computer interaction and industrial engineering.
He is a research engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and is a member of the Center for Micro-Nano Technologies in the Materials Engineering Division. He joined LLNL in 2013 after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a S.B. in physics (’07), a S.B. in mechanical engineering (’07), a M.S. in mechanical engineering (’09) and a PhD in Mechanical engineering (’13). He leads the Precision Micro/Nano group at LLNL, which is focused on applying the principles of determinism to micro/nano design, manufacturing, metrology and assembly. He is leading the development of an uncertainty-based analysis of X-ray CT, as well as developing a high speed, large range precision micromirror array. His research interests include precision engineering, MOEMS, additive micromanufacturing, X-ray metrology, uncertainty analysis, and compliant mechanism design. He is an NDSEG fellow, a member & on the board of directors of the American Society for Precision Engineering (ASPE), the chair of the ASPE Micro-Nano Technical Leadership Committee, and is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. He has 10 patents and over 65 papers published and submitted.