Assistant Director for Science, JCAP
Carl Koval is the Director of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis at California Institute of Technology, and a Faculty Associate in Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Previously, he was co-director of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI). His research has resulted in over one hundred and ten peer-reviewed publications and ten patents, and has been supported by forty-seven separate research contracts and grants. He has collaborated closely with faculty in the Deptartment of Chemical and Biological Engineering and with scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Most of Carl's research throughout his scientific career has been related to renewable or sustainable energy. His areas of research have included catalysts for the reduction of oxygen to water, fundamental issues related to electron transfer processes at the semiconductor-solution interface, photoelectrochemical process for the treatment of both gaseous and liquid waste streams, selective and energy-efficient membrane separation processes, electrochemical pumping of fluids against pressure, and electrochemically modulated complexation (EMC), an energy-efficient process that allows specific components of a mixture to be separated and concentrated. Recently, his research group showed that an EMC process could be used to selectively remove carbon dioxide from gas mixtures, an essential aspect of carbon capture and storage strategies.
Carl served as CHEM Department Chair from 1998-2001. Beginning in 2006, he has played several key roles in the development of the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory, including serving as Institutional Coordinator for the Boulder Campus and on the Project Management Team for the Center for Revolutionary Solar Photoconversion (CRSP). In 2006 through a Campus-wide search process, he was chosen to be the first Faculty Director of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Initiative (EI) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In June 2009 he accomplished the key objective of the EI when the CU Regents approved the creation of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI).