At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Dr. Mohammad Khaleel is Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environmental Sciences.
He oversees a rich portfolio to deliver fundamental scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs in support of US Department of Energy missions, offering a unique culture of entrepreneurship for translating science into solutions for the most critical problems facing society at the nexus of energy, environment and security. Operating responsibilities include four research divisions—biosciences, electrical and electronics systems research, energy and transportation sciences, and environmental sciences—in support of biological and environmental research for DOE’s Office of Science including the ORNL-managed BioEnergy Science Center and an extensive set of research and development programs, and facilities supported by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and Office of Fossil Energy. In the last five years, our scientific productivity has led to more than 2,734 journal publications, 548 invention disclosures, 184 patent applications, 157 issued patents, 107 cooperative research and development agreements, 53 licenses, and 240 strategic partnership projects.
Before joining ORNL in 2015, Khaleel was executive director of the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), where he led the establishment and execution of programs in renewable energy, water conservation, and atmospheric sciences. Khaleel also held several technical and senior managerial positions at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where he was a Laboratory Fellow and led the Computational Sciences and Mathematics Division from 2003 to 2013. Khaleel was instrumental in establishing the Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance, or SECA. He was a co-founding director of the Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing at the University of Washington.
Dr. Khaleel holds a Ph.D. in structural mechanics from Washington State University, an MBA from the University of Washington, and is registered professional engineer in the State of Washington. He is currently a Professor of Energy Policy, Planning and Administration at the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education at the University of Tennessee. He is also an adjunct Professor for the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has published some 250 refereed articles, and holds two patents.
He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences in 2011. Khaleel received ASME’s Robert J. McGrattan Literature Award and the lifetime achievement award from the University of Siegen, Germany, for his contributions to fuel cell science and technology.
Advanced materials and manufacturing are critical to next generation energy systems and meeting the demands of modern transportation. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) performs early stage research in additive manufacturing, composites, digital manufacturing and hybrid processes. The Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL is sponsored by Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office. Current research areas include materials for enhanced performance, next generation manufacturing systems and developing a born qualified framework utilizing non-destructive evaluation techniques in-situ to the processes and machine learning of data. Some of the advanced materials being developed include high temperature materials for energy production, lightweight alloys for transportation, concrete for infrastructure and bioderived materials for sustainable material practices. Tackling issues of sustainability requires a deep understanding of advanced manufacturing, but also an appreciation for the intersection of materials development with the natural and built environment. Renewable energy, resource reuse, upcycling of plastic, carbon emissions, and the emerging bioeconomy all have a role to play in innovative energy and manufacturing systems. Systems and synthetic biology will play a major role, although the direction of such innovation has yet to be identified. ORNL collaborates with industry partners and universities to accelerate the deployment of technology that has direct impact in energy systems. This presentation will discuss a) fundamental research in manufacturing performed at the MDF, b) an overview of major environmental field experiments dealing with climate change and c) a facility concept focused on rapidly identifying the traits of genes and their effects on the environmental ecosystem.