Faculty

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Sangwon Suh
Director, CLiCC

Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

suh [at] bren [dot] ucsb [dot] edu

Sangwon Suh’s research focuses on the sustainability of the human-nature complexity through understanding materials and energy exchanges between them. Over the past 15 years, he has been working on the theoretical foundations and practical applications of life-cycle assessment (LCA) and industrial ecology. In particular, Dr. Suh has contributed to the applications of input-output Analysis (IOA) to hybrid LCA, material flow analysis (MFA), and ecological network analysis; normalization and allocation in LCA; international standardization of LCA and carbon footprinting; development of LCA databases and policy-support tools; and understanding the drivers of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Dr. Suh was appointed a member of the International Resource Panel by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and is the Coordinating Lead Author of the Assessment Report 5 by the Nobel prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
 

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Arturo Keller
​Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

keller [at] bren [dot] ucsb [dot] edu

Dr. Keller's research focuses on the sustainable use of chemicals and materials in our modern society, by understanding and quantifying their potential impacts, and seeking ways to minimize impacts while achieving the benefits. He is particularly interested in emerging materials, such as nanoparticles and biochemicals, for which little information is available. He also does work at large scales to design better management strategies for common chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides.
 

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Executive Director, CLiCC

Executive Director, UC TomKat Carbon Neutrality Project

auston [at] iee [dot] ucsb [dot] edu

David Auston is Executive Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency at UC Santa Barbara and the Chemical Life Cycle Collaborative (CLiCC). Prior to joining UC Santa Barbara, he was President of the Kavli Foundation. He has been a member of the technical staff and department head at AT&T’s Bell Laboratories (now Lucent Technologies), Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics and Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University, Provost of Rice University, and President of Case Western Reserve University. Auston has contributed to research in the fields of lasers, nonlinear optics, and solid-state materials. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Optical Society of America, and the American Physical Society.
 

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Michael Doherty
Professor, Chemical Engineering

mfd [at] engineering [dot] ucsb [dot] edu

Methods are being devised for process synthesis and conceptual design of chemical process systems. Topics of current interest include: crystal engineering in support of product and process design for crystalline products; and process systems engineering for hydrocarbon gas-to-liquids conversion. Our approach links the underlying physical and organic chemistry to the structure of the process flowsheet, and involves theoretical, experimental and computational methods. Applications are mainly focused on organic specialty chemicals and pharmaceuticals, with a growing interest in selected inorganic materials for battery and catalysis applications. Our work on gas-to-liquids conversion is performed mainly in collaboration with Gas Reaction Technologies, Inc. of Santa Barbara, CA.
 

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Professor, Chemical Engineering


sscott [at] engineering [dot] ucsb [dot] edu

The Scott group conducts both fundamental and applied research in surface chemistry and catalysis. We aim to understand the interactions and transformations of molecules in solution and at gas-solid interfaces by creating highly uniform active sites. We apply techniques from organometallic and coordination chemistry, surface science, spectroscopy, kinetics, mechanistic analysis and modeling to investigate, design and re-engineer heterogeneous catalysts. A key element of our strategy is to synthesize well-defined molecular precursors and anchor them onto solid supports via self-limiting surface reactions. For example, organochromium complexes CrRx are precursors to active sites in the Phillips (Cr/SiO2) catalysts for ethylene polymerization, while perrhenates such as (CH3)3SiOReO3 and CH3ReO3 are precursors to supported olefin metathesis catalysts.
 

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Ram Seshadri
Professor, Materials and Chemistry


seshadri [at] mrl [dot] ucsb [dot] edu

Ram Seshadri’s research encompasses a number of areas in the chemistry of inorganic materials, including new ways of preparing materials, seeking clues from nature on how to make new high-performance materials,  magnetism in inorganic solids, chemical patterning of inorganic materials on large (micrometer) length scales, and finally, using first principles electronic structure calculations to predict new material properties. In addition to his focus on magnetism, polar materials, and porosity, Seshadri is increasingly contributing to materials for heterogeneous catalysis and for applications in solid-state lighting (semiconductors, phosphors , etc.). He also extensively researches functional (particularly oxide) nanomaterials.