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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), a U. S. Department of Energy Office of Science national lab managed by the University of California, delivers science solutions to the world â solutions derived from hundreds of patented and patent pending technologies plus scores of copyrighted software tools and published, peer-reviewed manuscripts.
Berkeley Lab has more than one hundred cutting-edge research projects using AI to find new scientific solutions to national problems. Through this effort, computer scientists, mathematicians, and domain scientists are collaborating to turn burgeoning datasets into scientific insights. Visit Berkeley Labâs Machine Learning for Science site for more information.
Berkeley Labâs advanced materials expertise is applied to innovation in batteries and other energy storage technologies, semiconductors, and photovoltaics. Additional energy-related areas of expertise include grid modernization and security, bio-based fuels and chemicals and building energy and demand response. Several National User Facilities are available for collaborative engagement: the Advanced Light Source, Molecular Foundry, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), Energy Sciences Network, and the Joint Genome Institute. Other specialized facilities include FLEXLAB for building energy research and the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit.
Ernest Orlando Lawrence, the lab's founder, believed team science yielded the greatest discoveries. That belief is reflected today in interdisciplinary teams and collaborative projects connecting Berkeley Lab, industry, and other research organizations. Berkeley Lab's Intellectual Property Office, connects industry partners with lab innovations and unique facilities to enable lab-to-market transition.
David’s work focuses on the incorporation of EM geophysical techniques into subsurface-characterization workflows, as well as advancing multi-physics data analysis, and to a lesser extent, statistically based methods of fusing multi-physics data into geologic interpretations.
Carl Steefel is a Senior Scientist in the Energy Geosciences Division, Earth and Environmental Sciences Area at Berkeley Laboratory. He also serves as head of the Geochemistry Department. He has more than 30 years of experience in developing models for multicomponent reactive transport in porous media and applying them to topics in water-rock interaction, reactive contaminant transport, chemical weathering, isotopic exchange, and watershed modeling. Recent work has focused on modeling of geochemical transport and electrostatic effects in clay-rich rocks. He is the principal developer of the CrunchFlow software, which won an R&D100 Award in 2017 and was named an AGU Fellow in 2019.
- Basic science: seeks to understand how nature works. This research includes experimental and theoretical work in materials science, physics, chemistry, biology, high-energy physics, and mathematics and computer science, including high performance computing.
- Applied science and engineering helps to find practical solutions to society’s problems. These programs focus primarily on energy resources, environmental management and national security.
Curtis Oldenburg is a Senior Scientist, Geologic Carbon Sequestration Program Lead, and Editor in Chief of Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology. Curt’s area of expertise is numerical model development and applications for coupled subsurface flow and transport processes. He has worked in geothermal reservoir modeling, vadose zone hydrology, and compressed gas energy storage. Curt’s focus for the last twenty years has been on geologic carbon sequestration with emphasis on CO2 injection for enhanced gas recovery, and near-surface leakage and seepage including monitoring, detection, and risk-based frameworks for site selection and certification. Curt Oldenburg is a co-author of the textbook entitled Introduction to Carbon Capture and Sequestration.
Areas of expertise: carbon capture & storage, geothermal energy, CO2 monitoring and verification, reservoir engineering, subsurface energy storage
Timothy Kneafsey P.E., Ph.D. is a Geological Scientist, Mechanical Engineer in the Energy Geosciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the Head of the Hydrocarbon Resources Program. He performs laboratory and field experimental studies on a variety of topics including heat transfer and mass transport in fractured and porous rock; measures hydrological, geophysical, and geomechanical properties of hydrate-bearing sediments and supercritical CO2-bearing rock; probes transport of acid gases in geothermal systems; visualizes fluids (liquid and gas) flow through coal and rock while simultaneously measuring geophysical properties related to coal-bed methane and CO2 sequestration; and investigates issues related to CO2 sequestration including CO2-induced density driven brine advection. Dr. Kneafsey has used a variety of visualization tools in his investigations including direct and differential imaging, spatially resolved infrared thermometry, and x-ray CT scanning, and has a patent for a CT scanner design. Dr. Kneafsey holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical and Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico, a Masters of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering, also from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a registered Civil Engineer in California.
Dr. Jens Birkholzer is a Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL, Berkeley Lab). As an internationally recognized expert in subsurface energy applications and environmental impact assessment, he currently serves as the Director for the Energy Geosciences Division (EGD) in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA). With staff of about 200, EGD has a significant research portfolio in fundamental and environmental geosciences, and subsurface energy resources. Dr. Birkholzer received his Ph.D. in water resources, hydrology, and soil science from Aachen University of Technology in Germany in 1994. He joined LBNL in 1994, left for a management position in his native Germany in 1999, and eventually returned to LBNL in 2001. He has over 400 scientific publications, more than 140 of which are in peer-reviewed journals, in addition to numerous research reports. He serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control (IJGGC) and is also on the Board of Editorial Policy Advisors for the Journal of Geomechanics for Energy and Environment (GETE). Dr. Birkholzer leads the international DECOVALEX Project as its Chairman, is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, and a Senior Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology.
Areas of expertise: subsurface energy, induced seismicity, geologic carbon sequestration
A strong science, technology, and engineering foundation enables Sandia's mission through a capable research staff working at the forefront of innovation, collaborative research with universities and companies, and discretionary research projects with significant potential impact. Sandia is committed to hiring the nation’s best and brightest, equipping them with world class tools and facilities while providing opportunities to collaborate with technical experts from many different scientific disciplines. To ensure our fundamental science and engineering core is vibrant and cutting edge, Sandia has chosen to invest in the following research foundations: Bioscience, Computing and Information Science, Engineering Science, Geoscience, Materials Science, Nanodevices and Microsystems, Radiation Effects and High Energy Density Science. These diverse research areas enable a multidisciplinary approach to resolve emerging national security problems.