Energy Experts

From biofuels to batteries, UW–Madison has a wealth of expertise in energy. This resource connects you to UW–Madison faculty conducting research in all areas of energy. If you are a UW–Madison faculty member working in energy and would like to be added to this list, please email communications@energy.wisc.edu

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Name/Email Title/Department Research Tags Research Description
Teresa Adams
teresa.adams@wisc.edu

Professor
College of Engineering

  • Transportation & Fuels
  • Policy & Regulation
  • Modeling
  • Infrastructure asset management
  • Geographic information systems in transportation
  • Location referencing systems
  • Spatial/temporal data modeling for transportation
  • Bridge management
Joy Altwies
altwies@wisc.edu

Faculty Associate/Program Director
College of Engineering

  • Electricity Systems
  • Building Efficiency
  • Industry
  • Green and High-Performance Buildings
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Building Commissioning, Commissioning Process
  • HVAC & R Systems
  • Technology Innovation and Adoption
Daniel Amador-Noguez
amadornoguez@wisc.edu

Assistant Professor
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

  • Biofuels & Bioproducts
  • Conversion
  • Metabolomics and metabolic regulation in biofuel producing bacteria
  • Bacterial biofilms
  • Human gut microbiome
Richard Amasino
amasino@biochem.wisc.edu

Professor
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

  • Transportation & Fuels
  • Plant Genetics & Breeding
  • Education & Outreach
  • Plant genetics
  • Plant flowering
  • Vernalization 
  • Arabidopsis thaliana
  • Brachypodium distachyon
Dan Anderson
danderson@bus.wisc.edu

Professor Emeritus
School of Business

  • Economics
  • Industry
  • Sustainability risks facing businesses and organizations
  • Sustainability risk management strategies
Mark H. Anderson
manderson@engr.wisc.edu

Assistant Professor
College of Engineering

  • Electricity Systems
  • Nuclear
  • Storage
  • Supercritical Fluids
  • Salts, liquid metals, supercritical water (SCW), supercritical CO2 (SCO2) 
  • Supercritical fluids
  • Brayton cycle for nuclear, solar and fossil advanced power generation
  • Fluoride-cooled nuclear reactors
  • Salt chemistry, purification, and materials compatibility. 
Jean-Michel Ane
jeanmichel.ane@wisc.edu

Professor
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

  • Transportation & Fuels
  • Biofuels & Bioproducts
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Plant - microbe symbioses
  • Signaling pathways
  • Plant symbiotic genes
  • Techniques to characterize the metabolome, proteome and phosphoproteome
  • Development of tools for metabolite and peptide imaging in plant cells 
Rob Anex
anex@wisc.edu

Professor
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

  • Environmental Studies
  • Modeling
  • Biological systems analysis and assessment
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Techno-economic analysis
Michael Arnold
msarnold@wisc.edu

Professor
College of Engineering

  • Electricity Systems
  • Materials
  • Solar
  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Atomically thin sheets of graphene
  • Two-dimensional materials
  • Semiconducting molecules and polymers
  • Heterostructures that integrate these components with conventional, macroscopic materials

 

Jean Bahr
jmbahr@geology.wisc.edu

Professor
College of Letters & Sciences

  • Environmental Studies
  • Water
  • Modeling
  • Mass transport in groundwater
  • Groundwater systems operation
  • Groundwater/surface water interactions
  • Naturally occurring and anthropogenic contaminants in shallow and deeper aquifers
  • Groundwater as a resource for both humans and ecosystems
William Banholzer
wbanholzer@wisc.edu

Research Professor, Honorary Fellow
College of Engineering

  • Conversion
  • Industry
  • Commercialization of technology
  • Materials and process development with emphasis on the intersection with business opportunities
Carol Barford
carol.barford@wisc.edu

Associate Scientist, Director
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

  • Transportation & Fuels
  • Biofuels & Bioproducts
  • Environmental Studies
  • Biomass production for heat and electric power
  • Statistical modeling of biomass production
  • Spatial analysis of farm income structure
  • Analysis of the roles of agricultural subsidies and utilities contracts in farm risk
Brad Barham
bradford.barham@wisc.edu

Professor
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

  • Transportation & Fuels
  • Economics
  • Policy & Regulation
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Microeconomics of economic development, technology adoption, agrarian structure, agricultural biotechnology, natural resource industries, and conservation
  • Economics of specialization and diversification
  • Economic viability of alternative agriculture
William Beckman
beckman@engr.wisc.edu

Ouweneel-Bascom Professor Emeritus
College of Engineering

  • Electricity Systems
  • Building Efficiency
  • Solar
  • Solar energy applications
  • Radiation heat transfer
  • Systems analysis
  • Computer simulation-solar processes
  • Energy load calculation
Sebastian Bednarek
sybednar@wisc.edu

Professor
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

  • Transportation & Fuels
  • Plant Genetics & Breeding
  • Plant cell biology
  • Intracellular protein trafficking
  • Membrane biogenesis
  • Plant cell cytokinesis
Arganthael Berson
berson2@wisc.edu

Faculty Associate
College of Engineering

  • Electricity Systems
  • Multiphase flow and flow at interfaces
  • Evaporation driven self-assembly
  • Advanced flow diagnostic techniques (PIV, hot-wire anemometry, high-speed microscopy)
  • Energy systems (fuel cells, thermoacoustics, waste-heat recovery)
  • Advanced manufacturing processes (inkjet printing of functional materials)
Vicki Bier
vicki.bier@wisc.edu

Professor
College of Engineering

  • Electricity Systems
  • Modeling
  • Security in the supply chains for food and agricultural products
  • Critical infrastructure protection
  • Security
  • Technology hazards
  • Risk analysis
  • Decision analysis
  • Operations research
James Blanchard
blanchard@engr.wisc.edu

Duane H. and Dorothy M. Bluemke Professor
College of Engineering

  • Electricity Systems
  • Nuclear
  • Storage
  • Thermomechanical design for high heat fluxes
  • Fusion technology
  • Radiation damage
  • Nuclear microbatteries
Paul Block
pblock@engr.wisc.edu

Assistant Professor
College of Engineering

  • Energy & Society
  • Water
  • Modeling
  • Methods, models, and tools for managing climate variability and change
  • Hydrologic forecasting and integration into decision models
  • Addressing water quality and quantity extremes
  • Hydro-economics and policy mechanisms
  • Risk, reliability, and uncertainty
  • Sustainable approaches
John Booske
jhbooske@wisc.edu

Duane H. and Dorothy M. Bluemke Professor
College of Engineering

  • Electricity Systems
  • Plasmas, metamaterials, metasurfaces and media that have a strong interaction with electromagnetic radiation
  • Electromagnetic field effects
  • Microwave vacuum electronics
  • Innovative teaching and learning methods and instructional space design
Dominique Brossard
dbrossard@wisc.edu

Professor
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

  • Policy & Regulation
  • Science Communication
  • Public opinion, new media, and the perception of risks and benefits surrounding controversial science and technology
  • The role of values in shaping public attitudes
  • Cross-cultural analysis
Alan Carroll
carroll@geology.wisc.edu

Professor
College of Letters & Sciences

  • Transportation & Fuels
  • Sedimentary provenance, weathering histories, and age relationships
  • Processes of basin subsidence and fill as they relate to continental tectonics, regional paleoclimatic evolution, and petroleum exploration
Peter Carstensen
peter.carstensen@wisc.edu

Professor Emeritus
University of Wisconsin Law School

  • Economics
  • Policy & Regulation
  • Relation of competition policy and law to regulated industries
  • Relationship between antitrust law and regulation
  • Buyer power issues
  • The operation and regulation of markets for agricultural commodities
Michael Casler
mdcasler@wisc.edu

Professor
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

  • Transportation & Fuels
  • Biofuels & Bioproducts
  • Plant Genetics & Breeding
  • Genetics and breeding of perennial forage, biofuel, and turf grasses
  • Genetics of plant traits related to nutritional value, cell-wall structure, cell-wall degradation, and bioenergy conversion; pest resistances; stress tolerances
  • Quantitative and molecular genetics
  • Evolution and domestication of perennial grasses
Joshua Coon
jcoon@chem.wisc.edu

Professor
College of Letters & Sciences

  • Biofuels & Bioproducts
  • Conversion
  • Plant Deconstruction
  • Modeling
  • Chemical instrumentation including ETD, dissociation, ion/ion reactions. PRM, and theory
  • Informatics including molecular identification, quantitation, and data visualization
  • Proteomic and metabolomic technologies
Michael Corradini
corradini@engr.wisc.edu

Professor Emeritus
College of Engineering

  • Electricity Systems
  • Nuclear
  • Multi-phase fluid mechanics and heat transfer
  • Fission and fusion reactors
  • Nuclear reactor safety
  • Severe accident phenomena
  • Power plant operation and design
  • Energy policy
  • Nuclear fuel cycle
Adrien Couet
couet@wisc.edu

Assistant Professor
College of Engineering

  • Electricity Systems
  • Materials
  • Nuclear
  • Nuclear Materials
  • Irradiation Damage
  • Corrosion of Metals and Alloys
  • Oxidation Model
  • Electrochemistry
  • Synchrotron Radiation
  • Defect Transport in Oxides
Ian Coxhead
ian.coxhead@wisc.edu

Professor and Department Chair
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

  • Transportation & Fuels
  • Electricity Systems
  • Economics
  • Economics of development
  • Effects of globalization and global market shocks on production, employment, wages and household income, and welfare
  • Impacts and incidence of domestic policies on growth, trade and environment
  • Economies of East and Southeast Asia
Cameron Currie
currie@bact.wisc.edu

Professor
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

  • Transportation & Fuels
  • Plant Deconstruction
  • Symbiotic associations between animals and microbes
  • Symbiosis in fungus-growing ants
  • Microbe and microbial community deconstruction of plant biomass in nature
  • Identification, characterization, and systems biology analysis of cellulolytic microbes and microbial communities
Natalia DeLeon
ndeleongatti@wisc.edu

Associate Professor
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

  • Transportation & Fuels
  • Biofuels & Bioproducts
  • Plant Genetics & Breeding
  • Plant breeding and quantitative genetics
  • Population enhancement for biomass increase and cell wall composition
  • Interface of plant breeding and quantitative and molecular genetics
  • Phenotypic, genotypic and expression data
  • Genetic analysis of developmental traits in maize
Steven Deller
scdeller@wisc.edu

Professor
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

  • Economics
  • Policy & Regulation
  • Modeling
  • Modeling community and small regional economies
  • Economic growth and development patterns
  • Community economic development
  • Public finance
Ankur Desai
desai@aos.wisc.edu

Associate Professor
College of Letters & Sciences, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

  • Environmental Studies
  • Water
  • The influence of spatiotemporal scale, ecology, and micrometeorology on ecosystem-atmosphere interactions
  • Micrometeorological, ecological, and biogeochemical interactions at regional to global scales
  • Carbon and water cycling
  • Climate variability and carbon cycles
  • Terrestrial-aquatic linkages of carbon, water, and energy
Timothy Donohue
tdonohue@bact.wisc.edu

Professor
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

  • Transportation & Fuels
  • Biofuels & Bioproducts
  • Conversion
  • The pathways and networks that microbes use to grow, generate biomass or produce alternative fuels from sunlight or other renewable sources of energy
  • Microbial networks and metabolic and regulatory pathways
  • Genome sequencing, microarrays, proteomics and molecular techniques
Sheldon (Xiaodong) Du
xdu23@wisc.edu

Associate Professor
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

  • Transportation & Fuels
  • Economics
  • Policy & Regulation
  • Economics of energy
  • Commodity markets
  • Economics of agriculture
  • Applied econometrics
James Dumesic
jdumesic@wisc.edu

Ernest Micek Distinguished Chair and Michel Boudart Professor
College of Engineering

  • Transportation & Fuels
  • Conversion
  • Plant Deconstruction
  • Spinoffs
  • Kinetics and catalysis
  • Surface and solid-state chemistry
  • In situ catalyst studies
Tom Eggert
tleggert@wisc.edu

Senior Lecturer
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

  • Policy & Regulation
  • Industry
  • Role of Microfinance in the developing world
  • Greening of business, including brand and reputation building
  • Social responsibility of business
  • Environmental leadership programs, including state and federal programs
  • Socially responsible investing
Paul Evans
pgevans@wisc.edu

Professor
College of Engineering

  • Electricity Systems
  • Materials
  • Solar
  • X-ray diffraction
  • Microscopy, and optics,
  • X-ray probes for ultrafast dynamics
  • Micro-and-nanoscale properties of magnetic materials
  • Magnetism
  • Domains and switching in ferroelectric materials
  • Single-monolayer scale organic electronics
Marianne Fairbanks
mfairbanks@wisc.edu

Assistant Professor
School of Human Ecology

  • Electricity Systems
  • Materials
  • Solar
  • Textile technology
  • Intersection between textiles and alternative energy
  • Geometry and woven structures
  • Sustainability and entrepreneurship
  • Natural and synthetic dyes
Kurt Feigl
feigl@wisc.edu

Professor
College of Letters & Sciences

  • Electricity Systems
  • Geothermal
  • Tectonic applications of geodesy
  • Measuring and modeling crustal deformation from earthquake faults, volcano activity, glacier loads, and fluid extraction.
  • Geodetic measurement techniques
  • Numerical modeling approaches
Michael Ferris
ferris@cs.wisc.edu

Professor
College of Letters & Sciences

  • Modeling
  • Development of modeling tools and software
  • Problem analysis routines, data manipulations, and solution visualization procedures
  • Theory and applications of optimization
Mark Finster
mark.finster@wisc.edu

Professor Emeritus
School of Business

  • Industry
  • Sustainable strategy, design, and improvement of complex systems in a wide variety of industries and sectors, including for profit, government, education, not-for-profit, large and small organizations
Cary Forest
cbforest@wisc.edu

Professor
College of Letters & Sciences

  • Electricity Systems
  • Nuclear
  • Liquid metal dynamos and MHD turbulence
  • MHD instabilities in line-tied plasmas and their stabilization by moving metal walls
  • Heat, current transport, and non-inductive currents in tokamaks and RFPs
  • Flow-dominated plasmas
Dave Foster
defoster@wisc.edu

Phil and Jean Myers Professor Emeritus
College of Engineering

  • Transportation & Fuels
  • Engine Research
  • Modeling
  • Thermodynamics
  • Heat transfer
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Internal combustion engines
  • Combustion kinetics
  • Emission formation
  • Optical diagnostics in engines
Brian Fox
bgfox@biochem.wisc.edu

Marvin J. Johnson Professor in Fermentation
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

  • Transportation & Fuels
  • Conversion
  • Biochemical, catalytic, and spectroscopic studies of redox active enzymes
  • Protein engineering
  • The structure and reactivity of carbohydrate active enzymes
Dante Fratta
fratta@wisc.edu

Associate Professor of Geological Engineering
College of Engineering

  • Electricity Systems
  • Geothermal
  • Fundamental physical behavior of soils and rocks
  • Assessment of the near-surface underground using non-invasive tomographic studies (geotomography)
  • On-shore and off-shore near surface geophysics
  • Non-destructive detection of anomalies in civil engineering infrastructure
  • Study of low strain stiffness in rock masses and soils with P- and S-waves
  • Geomaterial process evaluation using elastic and electromagnetic waves
Edward Friedman
efriedm1@wisc.edu

Professor Emeritus
College of Letters & Sciences

  • Policy & Regulation
  • China's energy and environmental policies
  • Democratization, globalization, and the political economy
Audrey Gasch
agasch@wisc.edu

Associate Professor
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

  • Transportation & Fuels
  • Plant Genetics & Breeding
  • Elucidating the role, regulation, and evolution of eukaryotic stress responses
  • Computational systems and synthetic biology
  • Evolutionary and population genetics
  • Gene expression, genomics, and proteomics
Jaal Ghandhi
jaal.ghandhi@wisc.edu

Grainger Professor of Sustainable Energy
College of Engineering

  • Transportation & Fuels
  • Engine Research
  • Combustion and fluid mechanics or internal combustion engines 
  • Laser-based diagnostics
Holly Gibbs
hkgibbs@wisc.edu

Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

  • Transportation & Fuels
  • Biofuels & Bioproducts
  • Environmental Studies
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Agricultural expansion in U.S., Brazil, and globally
  • Tropical deforestation
  • Conservation, agriculture, and energy policy
  • Impact evaluation
  • Environmental sustainability
Linda Graham
lkgraham@wisc.edu

Professor
College of Letters & Sciences

  • Transportation & Fuels
  • Biofuels & Bioproducts
  • Plant Genetics & Breeding
  • Algal/plant-microbe symbioses
  • Metagenomics & genomics
  • Wastewater remediation