Engineering | Center for Negative Carbon Emissions (CNCE)

People

Leadership

Klaus Lackner, Ph.D.

Director, Professor at the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE)

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. Read more

Allen Wright

Executive director

Allen is also an appointed Senior Sustainability Scientist with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Wright’s current research focuses on the characterization and improvement of air capture media as well as other related technologies. Read more

Staff

Jason Kmon

Jason Kmon

Engineer

kmon@asu.edu

Jason is a mechanical engineer with the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions.  Born and raised in Phoenix, he received his degree in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University.  His experiences in technical theatre, production automotive development and working aboard the largest ships in the world allows him to help researchers engineer and produce solutions for carbon capture.

Robert Page

Robert Page

Project Manager

Mr. Page serves is an independent consultant focusing on project management and organizational development. While the majority of his work has been concentrated on electrical energy generation he has successfully managed major projects from conception through completion in insurance, healthcare, engineering, and software. Following his years with a regulated utility his consulting clients have ranged from entrepreneurial start-ups to established companies including EPRI, AEGIS, DOE/NETL, Duke Power, Panda Energy, Bally Entertainment, American Express, Arizona Department of Health Services, Burns & McDonnell, ECOtality, and Comp-Health.

Post-doctoral research associates

Shahrzad Badvipour

Shahrzad Badvipour

Post-doctoral research associate

Shahrzad.Badvipour@asu.edu

Shahrzad Badvipour has BS in natural resource engineering focusing on ecosystems and biodiversity and conservation issues.  She pursued Masters in environmental management and international environmental management and sustainability with a focus on renewable energy, environmental assessment and sustainability problems influencing human communities, other species, and natural resources. Her interdisciplinary research focus areas during graduate work encompass environmental regulatory compliance, national and international climate change policies, renewable energy technologies and Life Cycle Assessment. Addressing two major sustainability concerns in hot and arid climates including water and energy has been her focus during her Ph.D. for assessing algae as a “Fit for Purpose” renewable biomass resource with potential as energy and feed/bioproduct and addressing issues relating to the Water- Energy-Food Nexus.Currently, Shahrzad is a post-doctoral Research Associate at the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions. She focuses on identifying local and regional funding opportunities in different areas including investments, educational curricula, training programs, public outreach and public-private partnerships.

Xiaoyang Shi

Xiaoyang Shi

Post-doctoral research associate

Xiaoyang.Shi@asu.edu

Xiaoyang Shi was born in Henan, China. He received the B.Sc. degree (Energy and Power Engineering) from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2009, the M.A. Sc. degree (Mechanical Engineering) from Columbia University in 2011, and the Ph.D. degree (Environmental Engineering) from Columbia University in 2016. His Ph.D. adviser is Klaus S. Lackner who is a pioneer in capturing CO­2 from air. Xiaoyang’s Ph.D. work is on studying the mechanism of humidity-swing CO2 sorbent. According to atomistic modeling and experiments, Xiaoyang demonstrated a series of unconventional chemical reactions in nano-confinement and applied them to capture of CO2 driven by inexpensive water. Currently, Xiaoyang is working as Postdoctoral Scholar with Klaus Lackner at Arizona State University. He is building a multiphysics model coupled by fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfer, to design efficient CO2 capture devices.

 

Graduate students

Habib Azarabadi

Habib Azarabadi

PhD student

Habib.Azarabadi@asu.edu

Habib, from Tehran, Iran is a PhD student in the CNCE. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. Habib also holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Engineering from Arizona State University. As a master’s student, he worked with Dr. Amy Landis on a project about the life cycle analysis (LCA) of passenger car tires funded by the USDA and Cooper Tire and Rubber Company. Later on, he joined Dr. Lackner’s group for his Doctoral studies with focus on feasibility study as well as environmental and economic analysis of the air capture technology. Air capture has the potential to improve the current carbon management systems in the fight against Climate Change. Reducing cost and emissions of basic infrastructure industries (e.g. power plants) through scale down and mass production is another area of interest Habib is working on.

Venkatram Choodamani

Venkatram Choodamani

Master's student

vchoodam@asu.edu

Venkatram Choodamani was born in Kunnathur, Indai. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Automobile Engineering from Anna University. He started his career as an engine performance and emissions test engineer and has contributed in helping diesel engines meet the performance and emissions requirements of various commercial vehicle applications. He is currently helping Klaus Lackner and team from Arizona State University, design and build a working prototype of an energy and cost efficient passive direct air capture device that can absorb Carbon Dioxide from atmospheric air. He is happy now that he is helping in bringing back the Carbon Dioxide emitted by the engines he helped in building!

Shreyans Kedia

Shreyans Kedia

Master's student

skedia2@asu.edu

Shreyans Kedia is a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at Arizona State University. He has completed his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Savitri Bai Phule Pune University, India. He has a strong background in Product Design and Development. With his group in India, he has written 3 research publications and filed for 2 patents. He is currently involved in developing industrial-scale Direct Air Capture machines

Evvan Morton

Evvan Morton

PhD student

Evvan.Morton@asu.edu

Evvan Morton, from Cincinnati, Ohio, is a Sustainable Engineering PhD student at Arizona State University. She is also pursuing a certificate in Responsible Innovation in Science, Engineering and Society.  Evvan received her Bachelor’s degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Evvan’s research focuses on creating a waste management paradigm for carbon dioxide emissions. This includes developing a sustainable carbon permitting program that engages the fossil fuel industry to reduce their emissions, implement carbon sequestration, and balance the carbon budget. Her other projects include developing waste management strategies using anaerobic digestion in Belize and analyzing the food-water-energy nexus concerning concentrating solar power in Morocco.

Arvind Ramachandran

Arvind Ramachandran

PhD student

aramac13@asu.edu

Arvind, from Chennai, India is a Ph.D. student in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at ASU. Arvind received a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Tiruchirappalli, India. Arvind also holds a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University in New York. At Columbia University, he worked with Dr. Robert Farrauto on experimental catalysis. Since then he has switched gears to focus on computational material science. Currently, he is studying the interactions of hydrogen with niobium metal. This problem is scientifically interesting and can have applications in separation membranes. In his spare time, Arvind likes to watch and play soccer.

Undergraduate students

Brinton Carlson

Undergraduate student

Brint Carlson is an undergraduate Mechanical Engineering student transitioning into graduate school for Systems Engineering. During this project he is the Structural Engineer. Before enrolling in college Brint joined the Army Reserve as a Military Police officer and is continuing to serve while in college. His interests in the engineering field are product design with a focus in prosthetic and exosuits to augment an individual’s physical abilities with integration of robotics into day to day lives.

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