Scientific Advisory Board

We are thrilled to have such an extraordinary Scientific Advisory Board to offer its insights and guidance to the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. These leaders in their fields are contributing their broad expertise to ensure maximum rigor and impact in this competition.

Lynden A. Archer


William C. Hooey Director and James A. Friend Family Distinguished Professor of Engineering
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University

Lynden Archer joined the Cornell faculty in 2000. He was appointed director of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering in 2010. Since 2008 he has served as co-director of the KAUST-Cornell Center for Energy and Sustainability.

His research focuses on transport properties of polymers and organic-inorganic hybrid materials. Archer is also interested in applications of hybrid materials for energy storage and carbon capture technologies. During the period 1993-94 he was a postdoctoral member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has been recognized with several awards, including the AICHE MAC Centennial Engineer Award, James & Mary Tien Excellence in Teaching Award, the National Science Foundation Early Career Award, and DuPont & 3M Young Professor Awards. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering (polymer science) from the University of Southern California in 1989 and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Stanford University in 1993.

Michele Aresta


Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Bari, Italy
Isaac Manasseh Meyer Chair Professor, National University of Singapore

Michele Aresta is Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Bari since 1985. He is expert in carbon dioxide utilisation in synthetic chemistry, catalysis, biomass conversion, coordination and metallorganic chemistry.

Founder and Chairman of the “International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization”, ICCDU. Member of the Steering Committee of several International Conferences.

In 1990 he received the Award of the Italian Chemical Society for his work on “Carbon Dioxide Activation”, in 1989 the “Renoir Prize” for the diffusion of knowledge. In 2004 he received the title of Honorary Professor of the University of Tianjin, and in 2005-06 the Award of the Societé Francaise de Chimie, for Inorganic Chemistry. He also received several recognitions from ACS.

Author of over 200 papers appeared in international Journals, of over fifty invited papers presented at international conferences, and of several Reviews on CO2 Utilisation. Author of Chapters and editor of Specialistic Books on CO2-utilization.

Jason Blackstock


Head of Department, Senior Lecturer in Science and Global Affairs
Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Public Policy
University College London

With a unique background spanning research physics, Silicon Valley technology development, public policy, and global governance, Jason is an internationally respected scholar, educator and policy adviser on the interface between science and public decision-making.

Jason joined University College London in 2013 to help establish our globally unique Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (UCL STEaPP).  As Head of this innovative new department, Jason is leading the strategic development of STEaPP’s rapidly expanding research, education and policy engagement programmes, all aimed at delivering on STEaPP’s socially-oriented mission to explore, experiment with, and improve the mobilisation of scientific and engineering knowledge in support of better public decision-making around the World.

Prior to joining UCL, Jason taught and directed policy-engaged research at leading universities and think tanks, including Harvard, Oxford, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (Canada), and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria).  For the past seven years, Jason’s scholarly and policy work has focused on the complex interactions between the scientific, political and global governance dimensions of our planetary climate and energy challenges.  He has co-authored 10 patents and over 40 publications; given dozens of invited policy briefings and academic presentations across six continents; organised numerous international academic and policy conferences; and participated in or led five policy-oriented international science assessments.  In 2010 Jason was elected an Associate Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science.

Jason obtained his BA in English Literature (Queen’s, 2000) and his Masters and PhD in physics (Edinburgh, 2001; Alberta, 2005), followed by a Graduate Certificate in International Security (Stanford, 2006) and Master of Public Administration (Harvard, 2008).  From 2003 to 2007, Jason worked as a Research Associate of Hewlett Packard Lab’s Quantum Science Research Group.  In addition to his UCL position, Jason is an Adjunct Associate Professor of the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) at the University of Waterloo. In 2010 Jason was elected an Associate Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science.

David Greeson


David Greeson is Vice President of Development for NRG Energy and leads NRG’s carbon capture program.  He led the NRG team that successfully financed the $1 billion Petra Nova project.   Prior to carbon capture, David’s career has spanned 35 years – starting with customer relations at an electric utility and for the last 25 years, developing major projects in the independent power industry.

Subodh Gupta


As Chief, Research & Development at Cenovus Energy, Subodh Gupta looks after enhancing collaborative research to bring new science and technologies from other areas and industries to improve the sustainability of oil sands production. Previously, among other projects, he lead the development of solvent-based recovery methods in the oil sands, researched ways to model new reservoir processes and explored alternate methods of carbon sequestration.

Subodh has worked in the petroleum and process industries as an engineer for more than 25 years, including nearly 20 years with Cenovus and its predecessor companies. He has been a Society of Petroleum Engineers distinguished lecturer and is a member of the distinguished lecturer Selection Committee. He has been an invited speaker to many conferences, including the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Canadian International Petroleum Conference, the Canadian Institute’s Carbon Capture and Storage Conference and the Global Petroleum Conference.

Subodh holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Calgary.

Eddy Isaacs


Former Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions

As CEO of AI-EES, Dr. Eddy Isaacs was responsible for Alberta’s strategic directions and technology investments in the areas of energy, renewables and emerging resources, as well as water and environmental management. Alongside his team, Eddy worked to broaden collaborations and strengthen partnerships with industry and governments to leverage the expertise and resources needed to position our province as a leader in energy and environmental innovation.

Eddy has been instrumental in promoting innovation across Canada and has served as co-Chair of the Energy Technology Working Group of the Canadian Council of Energy Ministers. He is regularly called upon to provide his expert opinion and insight into Alberta’s energy and environment technology thrusts.

Eddy holds a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta and a B.Sc. from McGill University. He has over 70 publications and 6 patents in the energy field, and in 2014, earned the ASTECH Foundation’s award for his outstanding contribution to the Alberta science and technology community. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and serves on the Boards of the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada and the Alberta Chamber of Resources.

Janet Peace


Janet Peace is the Senior Vice President of Policy and Business Strategy at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). She manages the center's Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC), the largest U.S.-based association of companies devoted to climate-related policy and corporate strategies. The BELC contains mainly Fortune 500 companies with combined revenues of over $2 trillion and more than 3.5 million employees. She also manages the center’s resilience program and its analysis of market-based policy options.

Dr. Peace brings more than 20 years and a wide spectrum of experience on environmental issues to her work at C2ES. As a recognized expert on climate policy, she is a member of the Program Advisory Board for American University’s Center for Environmental Policy and a past member of both the National Research Council’s Roundtable on Climate Change Education and the Council of Canadian Academies on oil sands environmental technologies.

Prior to C2ES, Dr. Peace worked on climate policy in Alberta and taught environmental and natural resource economics at the University of Calgary. She also worked as a resource specialist with the U.S. General Accounting Office and as a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. She holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science in economics and an undergraduate degree in geology.

Peter Styring


Director of Research - Chemical and Biological Engineering
UG Programme Tutor - MEng Chemical Engineering with Chemistry
Professor of Chemical Engineering & Chemistry
Professor of Public Engagement

Professor Peter Styring’s expertise lies in the field of catalysis and functional materials, together with their continuous flow processing that allows reactions to be rapidly taken from the Discovery scale to the Production scale over a short time scale. Peter is now regarded as one of the world experts in Carbon Capture & Utilisation (CDU) with increasing expertise in CDU policy.

Professor Styring is an author of the highly influential Carbon Capture and Utilisation in the Green Economy policy document that has received global acclaim. Professor Styring is working with government through consultation on future strategies for CDU both at national and European level.

Professor Styring is Chair of the CO2Chem Network, the largest global network of academics, industry and policy makers with interests in CDU. The network currently has 900 members and is continually growing. Giving network members access to a vast database of knowledge and potential collaborators in this exciting field of research.

Professor Styring has considerable expertise in catalysis and physical & synthetic organic chemistry having previously been a Lecturer in Organic Chemistry sponsored first by Thorn EMI and then DERA. He gained a BSc and PhD in Chemistry at the University of Sheffield before going on to work in Spain and the USA before moving back to the UK. Professor Styring is currently working on novel solid carbon capture agents combined with solid supported catalysts that can act in tandem and so reduce process costs while increasing energy efficiency. Professor Styrings work in CDU is extended through efforts in the production of polymers, small molecules and liquid fuels, using the commercially viable products as energy stores from renewable power.

Professor Styring was also an EPSRC Senior Media Fellow form 2006-9, working on TV, radio and the printed media with a focus on one of his other research interests, Snowsports Engineering. Professor Styring presented a number of programmes on TV and eventually became a film maker, producing films for 5 News, Current TV and new media channels. That work continues within CO2Chem with the production of films for public engagement.

Jennifer Wilcox


Associate Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Colorado School of Mines

As a global society we have been burning fossil fuels to meet our energy and transportation needs since the start of the industrial revolution, which has resulted in atmospheric CO2 concentrations much greater than any other time during the last 650,000 years. The replacement of fossil fuels with renewables, advances in energy efficiency, and carbon capture and storage/utilization are among some of the key strategies required to prevent warming beyond 2 °C within this century. Ms. Wilcox's research focuses on both mitigation and adaptation strategies to minimize the negative impacts associated with our changing climate and dependence on fossil fuels.

Within Ms. Wilcox's research group they combine experimental and theoretical methods to investigate capture and sequestration of trace metals (mercury, arsenic, and selenium) and carbon dioxide. Central to the approach of our lab is to connect with government labs and establish industry partnerships to assist in focusing and directing our research efforts in a way that bridge atomistic to plant scales. Fundamental chemical and physical phenomena involving gas-solid interfaces of trace metals and CO2 are of focus. Understanding how these pollutants speciate throughout combustion and postcombustion processes is crucial to the design of effective control technologies to minimize their release. Once CO2 is emitted into the atmosphere from a combustion process, its dilution increases significantly; hence, material and process designs that are effective over a range of CO2concentrations are crucial. Given the gigaton-scale of CO2 emissions, quantifying the methods and impacts of sequestration opportunities are essential. Within Ms. Wilcox's group they also investigate the storage potential of gas shale and coal, in addition to the utilization potential of CO2, with an emphasis on fuel production.

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