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Offering strategic guidance and actionable feedback to DC-MUSE leadership regarding the scientific impact, technical feasibility, and overall progress of projects.

André Bardow






Professor for Energy and Process Systems Engineering at ETH Zurich

Research area

Energy systems optimization, conceptual process design, life cycle assessment, computer-​aided molecular design, thermodynamics, microfluidics and CO2 capture & utilization.

André Bardow has been full professor for Energy and Process Systems Engineering at ETH Zurich since 2020. Previously, he was a professor and head of the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics at RWTH Aachen University (2010-​2020) and associate professor at TU Delft (2007-​2010). He was also in part-​time director of the Institute for Energy and Climate Research (IEK-​10) at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany (2017-​2022). He was a visiting professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2015/16). He earned his Ph.D. degree at RWTH Aachen University.

Prof. Bardow is a fellow of the Royal Chemical Society and chairs the Technical Committee for Thermodynamics of VDI – The Association of German Engineers. He received the Recent Innovative Contribution Award of the CAPE-​Working Party of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) in 2019, and the PSE Model-​Based Innovation (MBI) Prize by Process Systems Enterprise in 2018. He was the first recipient of the Covestro Science Award. In 2009, he received the Arnold-​Eucken-Award of the VDI-​Society for Chemical Engineering (GVC). He is the recipient of RWTH’s “FAMOS für Familie” award for family-​friendly leadership, and of teaching awards at RWTH and TU Delft. 

John R. (JR) Regalbuto






Professor of Chemical Engineering at University of South Carolina (USC)
NSF IUCRC - Centre for Rational Catalyst Synthesis (CeRCaS)

John R. (JR) Regalbuto joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina in 2011 as the Smartstate (endowed) Chair of the center of Catalysis for Renewable Fuels, after 25 years at the University of Illinois at Chicago, which included 3 years as a rotator directing the Catalysis and Biocatalysis Program in the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation.  He chaired the 2014 Gordon Research Conference on Catalysis and was elected AIChE Fellow in 2016.  At USC he is directing his passion for rational catalyst synthesis toward the optimization of supported metal catalysts for biomass conversion and solar fuels.  There he directs the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center named the Center for Rational Catalyst Synthesis (CeRCaS).  

Marta C. Hatzell






Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

at Georgia Institute Technology

Marta Hatzell is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Hatzell’s research group focuses on exploring how to electrify catalytic and separation-based processes to enable sustainable industrial systems. Her group works on materials, characterization, and system analyses for electrolysis, fuel cells, desalination, and solar energy conversion processes. Hatzell completed her BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University and an M.Eng in Environmental Engineering from Penn State University. Hatzell’s Ph.D. research conducted with Prof. Bruce Logan explored environmental technologies for energy generation and water treatment. She was a NSF graduate research fellow and PEO fellow during her PhD. Hatzell received the outstanding award for early career research at Georgia Tech in 2023. In addition, Hatzell received of other awards including the Moore Inventor Fellowship (2021), ONR Young Investigator Award (2020), Sloan Foundation Fellowship in Chemistry (2020), and the NSF Early CAREER award (2019). Hatzell currently serves as a Senior Editor of the Journal ACS Energy Letters. 

Paul J.A. Kenis






Director of the School of Chemical Sciences
Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

Professor Paul J.A. Kenis holds the Elio E. Tarika endowed Chair, is a Professor in the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  After serving as the Head of ChBE for 11 years, he now serves as the Director of the School of Chemical Sciences.  He received his B.S. in chemistry from Nijmegen Radboud University and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Twente, both in the Netherlands. Before starting his independent career at Illinois in 2000, he was a postdoc at Harvard University with George Whitesides.  

Kenis is an author of over 220 publications and 14 patents. He has been recognized with a number of awards, including a 3M young faculty award, a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), a Xerox award, the Energy Technology Division Research Award from the Electrochemical Society (ECS), and the Industry Project Award from the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).  He has been elected a Fellow of the ECS and of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE). He is a coauthor of reports on the prospects of CO2 utilization at scale issued by the US National Academies, the Royal Society, and the global Mission Innovation consortium. He is the technical editor for Electrochemical Engineering for the Journal of the Electrochemical Society. 

His current research program pursues two main directions: (1) autonomous/automated synthesis and optimization of inorganic nanomaterials such as quantum dots, and (2) processes that enable a hydrogen economy (water electrolysis, ammonia oxidation), and sustainable, electrified chemical manufacturing of chemicals and food from renewable resources such as CO2, air, and biomass.

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