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2020 TomKat Center Postdoctoral Fellows Selected


The TomKat Center has awarded three new Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sustainable Energy and Sustainability. This year’s cohort will be advancing research in soil carbon management, resource recovery from wastewater, and nanomaterial designs for energy-harnessing applications.

“We are excited to have these scholars join the Stanford community,” said Professor Jen Dionne, co-director of the TomKat Center with Professor Matt Kanan. “Their efforts will develop innovative new solutions to sustainability challenges, while building collaborations across campus.” The fellows were selected through a global competition and championed by their Stanford faculty mentors because of their academic and research excellence. Kanan is equally enthusiastic about the cohort, “Supporting inspired and creative early-career researchers is critical for creating new ways to address the global challenges we face from rising energy demand and climate change. The fellows have exciting research plans with the potential to impact some very important problems.”  

TomKat Center Postdoctoral Fellowships provide researchers with two years of funding to pursue scientific inquiry in sustainable energy and its intersection with food, water, transportation, human health, and the environment. Since the program began in 2016, it has supported 16 fellows.

Meet the 2020 TomKat Center Postdoctoral Fellows

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Christopher Dundas  (University of Texas at Austin)
Mentored by Prof. Jose Dinneny, Biology

Developing Design Rules for Soil Carbon Input at the Root-Rhizosphere Interface


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Elizabeth Corson (UC Berkeley)
Mentored by Prof. William Tarpeh, Chemical Engineering

Recovering Ammonia from Wastewater: Towards Selective and Efficient Nitrate Reduction


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Tom Hopper (Imperial College London)
Mentored by Prof. Aaron Lindenberg, Materials Science Engineering

Detecting and Directing Atomic-Scale Energy Transport in Supernanostructures