Dr. Klaus Lackner is the director of Center for Negative Carbon Emissions and professor at the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University. Lackner’s research interests include closing the carbon cycle by capturing carbon dioxide from the air, carbon sequestration, carbon foot-printing, innovative energy and infrastructure systems and their scaling properties, the role of automation, robotics and mass-manufacturing in downscaling infrastructure systems, and energy and environmental policy.
Lackner’s scientific career started in the phenomenology of weakly interacting particles. Later searching for quarks, he and George Zweig developed the chemistry of atoms with fractional nuclear charge. After joining Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lackner became involved in hydrodynamic work and fusion related research. In recent years, he has published on the behavior of high explosives, novel approaches to inertial confinement fusion, and numerical algorithms. His interest in self-replicating machine systems has been recognized by Discover Magazine as one of seven ideas that could change the world. Trained as a theoretical physicist, he has made a number of contributions to the field of carbon capture and storage since 1995, including early work on the sequestration of carbon dioxide in silicate minerals and zero emission power plant design. In 1999, he was the first person to suggest the artificial capture of carbon dioxide from air in the context of carbon management. His recent work at Columbia University as Director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy advanced innovative approaches to energy issues of the future and the pursuit of environmentally acceptable technologies for the use of fossil fuels.
|2014-||Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University|
|2001-2014||Ewing Worzel Professor of Geophysics, Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University, USA|
|Department Chair, Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University, USA|
|2006-present||Director of Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, USA|
|2000- 2002||Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory|
|1998-2000||Chief of Staff, Acting Associate Laboratory Director and Acting Deputy Director,|
|Associate Laboratory Director’s Office for Strategic and Supporting Research, Los Alamos National Laboratory|
|1982-1983||Post-Doctoral Researcher, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center|
|1979-1982||Post-Doctoral Researcher, California Institute of Technology|
|1978-1979||Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Freiburg, Germany|
|Ph.D.||Physics, Heidelberg University, Germany, 1978.
Theoretical Particle Physics, summa cum laude
Clemm-Haas Prize for outstanding Ph. D. thesis at Heidelberg University
|Diplom||Physics, Heidelberg University, Germany, 1976.
(Advisors: Professors John Grace and Xiaotao Bi)
|Vordiplom||Physics, Heidelberg University, Germany, 1975.|
HONORS AND AFFILIATIONS
|1980||Clemm-Haas Prize for outstanding Ph.D. Thesis|
|1979 – 1980||Max Kade Fellowship, California Institute of Technology|
|1980 – 1981||Fleischmann Fellow, California Institute of Technology|
|1991||Weapons Recognition of Excellence Award|
|1995 – 1996||Los Alamos Science and Engineering Advisory Board (Chair)|
|1996 – 2001||Member of the Editorial Board of Defense Science|
|2003 –||Earth Institute at Columbia, Steering Committee|
|2000 –||National Energy Technology Center’s Carbon Sequestration Science Steering Committee|
|2000– 2005||Technical Advisor to the Ohio Coal Development Office|
|2000||Cofounder of the Zero Emission Coal Alliance|
|2001||National Laboratory Consortium Award for Technology|
|2004||Cofounder of Global Research Technologies|
|2007||Recognized for contributing to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for the IPCC|
|2013||American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow|
- Member of a Committee formed by the National Academies on the Future of Coal
- Participated as a lead author on the IPCC report on Carbon Capture and Storage
- Head of Working Group II, (Technology Options) for the Global Roundtable on Climate Change.