Frontiers in Energy Technologies Workshop

OCTOBER 13 & 14, 2023 | 9am – 5pm CT 

Polsky Exchange North | 1452 E 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL  60615

Agenda (as of 10/11/23)

Industrial and chemical manufacturing are one of the last sectors to decarbonize, despite representing the largest industrial energy consumer and the third largest industrial emitter of carbon dioxide. To drive towards decarbonization, we need new sustainable approaches to replace traditional scientific and industrial processes.

To address this challenge, the University of Chicago in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory is convening world-class thought leaders to create a vision for an ambitious energy technologies initiative at the University of Chicago. We will bring together experts from academia, industry, and the national laboratories to discuss the grand challenges and cutting-edge solutions in energy technologies that have the potential to make impactful advancements both in fundamental science and real-world applications.

Key science areas of interest include fundamental electron-driven molecular transformation; energy systems engineering; carbon conversion for products and hydrogen technology; and high-throughput electrochemistry. By convening an interdisciplinary group, we hope to include voices from a range of expertise needed to address these challenges holistically, from the molecular to the markets level.


Paul Alivisatos
President, University of Chicago

Anirban Das
Senior Director, Industrialization, Gotion Inc.

Graham Elliott
Sir Clive Granger Professor of Econometrics, University of California, San Diego

Elizabeth Endler
Chief Scientist – Energy Storage & Integration, Shell

Rachel Glennerster
Associate Professor of Economics, University of Chicago

Karthish Manthiram
Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
William H. Hurt Scholar, California Institute of Technology

Daniel Nocera
Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy, Harvard University

Bruce Rittmann
Regents’ Professor of Environmental Engineering, Director of the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at the Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University 

Joaquín Rodríguez-López
Andrew and Susan S. Langan Professorial Scholar, LAS Distinguished Professorial Scholar and Professor of Chemistry, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Ted Sargent
Lynn Hopton Davis and Greg Davis Professor of Chemistry and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northwestern University

David Sholl
Director, Transformational Decarbonization Initiative, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Organizing Committee

Claus Daniel
Associate Laboratory Director for Advanced Energy Technologies (AET), Argonne National Laboratory

Juan de Pablo
Executive Vice President for Science, Innovation, National Laboratories, and Global Initiatives and Liew Family Professor in Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago
Senior Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory

Paul Kearns
Laboratory Director, Argonne National Laboratory

Julia Lane
Assistant Vice President for Science, University of Chicago

Ka Yee Lee
Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and David Lee Shillinglaw Distinguished Service Professor of Chemistry, University of Chicago

Shirley Meng
Professor of Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago
Chief Scientist, Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS), Argonne National Laboratory

Rama Ranganathan
Joseph Regenstein Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, and the College, University of Chicago

Katie Rosengarten
Assistant Director of Science Strategy and Partnerships, University of Chicago

Matthew Tirrell
Dean of the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and D. Gale Johnson Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago
Interim Deputy Laboratory Director for Science & Technology, Argonne National Laboratory

Anna Wuttig
Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Chicago

Travel Recommendations

We recommend all conference speakers and participants consult the Chicago Travel Advisory and UChicago GoForward Visitor Information webpage before making travel arrangements.

Air Travel Recommendations

As you may know, Chicago has two major airports: O’Hare International (to the north) and Midway International Airport (to the south). Midway is the closest airport to the University of Chicago. Approximate travel times to campus by car: 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, 45 minutes from Midway Airport, and 60 minutes from O’Hare Airport.

Hotel Recommendations

There are several hotels local to Hyde Park that we can recommend. Please note that we have not booked hotel room blocks, and you will need to make any reservations yourself.


If you are driving, paid parking is available at the Harper Court Hyde Park Garage (5356 S Harper Avenue). There is metered street parking available in the area.  More details about parking on campus can be found here.


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