Daniel G. Nocera
Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy
areas of expertise: inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry, energy conversion in biology and chemistry, solar energy
Daniel G. Nocera is the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy at MIT, director of the Solar Revolutions Project and director of the Eni Solar Frontiers Center at MIT.
His group pioneered studies of the basic mechanisms of energy conversion in biology and chemistry. He has recently accomplished a solar fuels process that captures many of the elements of photosynthesis outside of the leaf. This discovery sets the stage for a storage mechanism for the large-scale distributed deployment of solar energy.
He has been awarded the Eni-Italgas Prize (2005), IAPS Award (2006), Burghausen Prize (2007), Harrison Howe Award (2008), ACS Inorganic Chemistry Award (2009) and the U.N. Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization’s Science and Technology Award (2009) for his contributions to the development of renewable energy. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.”
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