Hoyt C. Hottel Lecture in Chemical Engineering – 2023

Enabling a Carbon Free Energy Future


Peter F. Green
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado

Friday, November 17, 2022
3:00 p.m., 66-110
(2:30 p.m. Reception)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

[Lecture Video]


Peter Green is the deputy laboratory director for Science and Technology and the chief research officer for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Prior to his appointment at NREL, he spent 20 years on the faculties of the University of Michigan (UM), Ann Arbor, and the University of Texas (UT), at Austin. At UM, he was the Gorguze endowed professor of engineering, professor and Chair of materials science and engineering (MSE), professor of chemical engineering, and of macromolecular science and engineering. He was also Director of a Department of Energy funded Energy Frontier Research Center -Center for solar and thermal energy center. At The University of Texas at Austin, he was professor of chemical Engineering and the BF Goodrich endowed professor of materials engineering. Green began his career at Sandia National Laboratories, where he spent eleven years.

Green is a former president of the Materials Research Society (MRS). He is a former member of the Board on Physics and Astronomy (National Academies) and a former member of the visiting committee for advanced technology for the national institute for standards and technology. He was the inaugural editor-in-chief of MRS Communications and is a former divisional associate editor for Physical Review Letters. He was recognized with Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Awards in 2020 and 2023. Green is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), the American Ceramics Society, the American Association of Arts and Science, and the MRS. He was recognized as a distinguished Alumnus of the MSE department of Cornell University, where he earned M.S. and PhD degrees. He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees, together, in Physics in 1981. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.