Daniel G Nocera, Editor-in-chief
Harvard University, USA
I am currently Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy at Harvard University, and am widely recognized for contributions to renewable energy. I recently accomplished a solar fuels process that captures the elements of photosynthesis, and created the artificial leaf, which was named by Time magazine as Innovation of the Year for 2011. My group has since achieved a solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of greater than 10% and used a bio-engineered bacterium to convert carbon dioxide, along with the hydrogen produced from the artificial leaf, into liquid fuels at yields that greatly exceed natural photosynthesis.
I am a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the Indian Academy of Sciences. I was named among the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine and was 11th on the New Statesman’s list on the same topic. I am a frequent guest on TV and radio, regularly featured in print, and have been in feature-length films on energy. In 2008, I founded Sun Catalytix, a company to develop energy storage for the widespread implementation of renewables. In August 2014, Lockheed Martin purchased the assets of Sun Catalytix, and my energy storage technologies are now being commercialized under the new venture, Lockheed Martin Advanced Energy Storage LLC.