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Sustainable Transformations and Energy

Cluster leads: Paul Ferraro, David Goldberg, Ben Schafer and Chao Wang

The Sustainable Transformations and Energy cluster unites scientists, engineers, and market and policy experts with interests aligned toward solving critical technological and societal problems arising from the use of unsustainable chemicals and materials, fossil fuels, and other anthropogenic, environmentally harmful substances. The BDPs in this cluster will hold lead roles as part of the Ralph O’Connor Sustainable Energy Institute (ROSEI), a nexus for sustainable energy-related research and educational programs at Johns Hopkins University.

This cluster will be recruiting 4 Bloomberg Distinguished Professors and 4 junior faculty members to collaborate together along with existing Johns Hopkins faculty in these areas of research.

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Scholar Background

Scholars in this cluster may have backgrounds in:

  • Sustainable Transformations: Foundational Chemistry and Materials: Chemistry for earthabundant catalysis, synthesis, capture and upcycle carbon, sustainable and stable storage
  • Sustainable Energy: Engineering and Scale-up: Geo-scale solar and wind, solar devices, systems control and infrastructure for next-generation power
  • Sustainable Society: Systems, Markets, and Policy: Macro energy systems, power market design, energy policy enablers, LCA, TEA, workforce, DEI, advocacy

Leveraging strengths across Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins is on the cusp of achieving critical mass in energy scholarship. Energy researchers across the institution are already leading in crucial individual technologies that are necessary to enable us to move to decarbonized energy systems: wind energy, solar energy, fuel cells, batteries, and in transformations of fossil fuels and their by-products. These scholars are leading the charge to assess and develop energy policies and markets that can lead to equitable outcomes. The institution possesses a unique mix of strengths in human capital, strong institutional values, and an extensive history of research on health and medicine.

Hopkins provides energy researchers supportive and unique institutional structures in the Applied Physics Laboratory, The School of Advanced International Studies, and GovEX. APL’s work in implementation and translation expands our JHU’s work in energy into national security, defense, and (earth-facing) space sectors. SAIS, as well as the future 555 Penn building, create a platform for shaping national and international policy and a physical footprint in the nation’s capital that creates unique opportunities in energy advocacy and policy. Finally, GovEX and its broader efforts with the American Cities Climate Challenge and the Bloomberg Philanthropies create an avenue for faculty and their students to apply new energy technologies and policy directly to the needs of our cities. Hopkins’ reputational strengths and values ensure our output will influence the direction of science and policy. Johns Hopkins has a history of translation for the greater good, public trust as a fair communicator, and strong partnerships with crucial government, non-profit, and industrial players in the energy field. The institution’s history in health and medicine demonstrates its strength in using cross-disciplinary approaches to tackle multi-dimensional, societal-scale challenges like climate change.

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