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Ellen Stechel

Ellen Stechel

Co-Director, LightWorks®, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation

ellen.stechel@asu.edu

480-965-1657

LightWorks®
Arizona State University
PO Box 875402
Tempe, AZ 85287-5402

Titles

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
  • Co-Director, LightWorks®, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
  • Professor of Practice, School of Molecular Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Managing Director, LightSpeed Solutions, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation

Biography

Ellen B. Stechel is Co-Director, ASU LightWorks®; Professor of Practice, School of Molecular Sciences; Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University (ASU;) and Fellow of the Institute for the Future of Innovation in Society. She received her PhD in Chemical Physics in 1978 from the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Her career has afforded her opportunities to build and/or coordinate research programs at a national laboratory, industry, a U.S. government agency, and now in higher education at ASU; in both basic and applied research; policy and commercialization of emerging technologies; and in multi-disciplinary R&D strategy and management. She has held and holds numerous positions of an advisory or editorial capacity nationally and internationally and has published >100 peer reviewed articles. Her current research focuses on materials and systems design for solar technologies for producing sustainable liquid hydrocarbons from carbon dioxide, hydrogen from advanced water splitting, clean water, renewable ammonia, and for thermochemical and chemical energy storage.

Education

  • PhD, Chemical Physics, University of Chicago, 1978
  • MS, Physical Chemistry, University of Chicago, 1976
  • AB, Math and Chemistry (minor Physics), Oberlin College, 1974

Expertise

Journal Articles

2018

Budama, V. K., N. G. Johnson, A. H. McDaniel, I. Ermanoski and E. B. Stechel. 2018. Thermodynamic development and design of a concentrating solar thermochemical water-splitting process for co-production of hydrogen and electricity. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 43(37):17,574-17,587. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2018.07.151. (link )

2017

Schieber, G. L., E. B. Stechel, A. Ambrosini and J. E. Miller. 2017. H2O splitting via a two-step solar thermoelectrolytic cycle based on non-stoichiometric ceria redox reactions: Thermodynamic analysis. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 42(10):18785-18793. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2017.06.098. (link )

2015

Miller, C. A., J. O'Leary, E. Graffy, E. B. Stechel and G. Dirks. 2015. Narrative futures and the governance of energy transitions. Futures 70(June):65-74. DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2014.12.001. (link )

2013

Ermanoski, I., N. P. Siegel and E. B. Stechel. 2013. A new reactor concept for efficient solar-thermochemical fuel production. Journal of Solar Energy Engineering 135(3):031002. DOI: 10.1115/1.4023356. (link )

Kim, J., J. E. Miller, C. T. Maravelias and E. B. Stechel. 2013. Comparative analysis of environmental impact of S2P (Sunshine to Petrol) system for transportation fuel production. Applied Energy 111(Nov):1089-1098. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2013.06.035. (link )

Siegel, N. P., J. E. Miller, I. Ermanoski, R. B. Diver and E. B. Stechel. 2013. Factors affecting the efficiency of solar drive metal oxide thermochemical cycles. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 52(9):3276-3286. DOI: 10.1021/ie400193q. (link )

Stechel, E. B. and J. E. Miller. 2013. Re-energizing CO2 to fuels with the sun: Issues of efficiency, scale, and economics. Journal of CO2 Utilization 1(Jun):28-36. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcou.2013.03.008. (link )

2012

Coker, E. N., M. A. Rodriguez, A. Ambrosini, J. E. Miller and E. B. Stechel. 2012. Using in-situ techniques to probe high-temperature reactions: Thermochemical cycles for the production of synthetic fuels from CO2 and water. Powder Diffraction 27(2):117-125. DOI: 10.1017/S0885715612000255. (link )

Kim, J., T. A. Johnson, J. E. Miller, E. B. Stechel and C. T. Maravelias. 2012. Fuel production from CO2 using solar-thermal energy: System level analysis. Energy and Environmental Science 5:8417-8429. DOI: 10.1039/C2EE21798H. (link )

2011

Kim, J., C. A. Henao, T. A. Johnson, D. E. Dedrick, J. E. Miller, E. B. Stechel and C. T. Maravelias. 2011. Methanol production from CO2 using solar-thermal energy: process development and techno-economic analysis. Royal Society of Chemistry 4:3122-3132. DOI: 10.1039/C1EE01311D. (link )

Book Chapters

2010

Ambrosini, A., E. N. Coker, M. A. Rodriguez, S. Livers, L. R. Evans, J. E. Miller and E. B. Stechel. 2010. Synthesis and characterization of ferrite materials for thermochemical CO2 splitting using concentrated solar energy. In: Hu, Y. ed., Advances in CO2 Conversion and Utilization. Vol 1056. American Chemical Society. Washington, D.C. DOI: 10.1021/bk-2010-1056.ch001.

Miller, J. E., R. B. Driver, N. P. Siegel, E. N. Coker, A. Ambrosini, D. E. Dedrick, M. D. Allendorf, A. H. McDaniel, G. L. Kellogg, R. E. Hogan, E. B. Stechel and K. Chen. 2010. Sunshine to petrol: A metal oxide based thermochemical route to solar fuels. In: Neelameggham, N. R., R. Reddy, C. Belt, A. Hagni and S. K. Das eds., Energy Technology 2010: Conservation, Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management, Alternative Energy Sources. The Minerals, Metals, and Mateirals Society, Wiley.

Conference Papers

2016

Miller, J. E., E. N. Coker, A. Ambrosini, A. H. McDaniel, I. Ermanoski and E. B. Stechel. 2016. Sunshine to petrol: Thermochemistry for solar fuels. In: Kruka, H. and F. Zhu eds., Proceedings of CO2 Summit II: Technologies and Opportunities. CO2 Summit II: Technologies and Opportunities. (link )