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Fellows, scholars and other collaborators

The Center for Energy Studies' Energy, Minerals & Materials Program thrives on collaborations between experts at the Baker Institute, elsewhere at Rice University and beyond.

Baker Institute, Rice University 


Kevin Biddle
, Ph.D.
Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar
Adjunct Professor, Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Rice University
Areas of study: Geoscience of minerals occurrences; minerals and production supply

Gabriel B. Collins, J.D.
Baker Botts Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs
Areas of study: Electric vehicle design, performance and infrastructure; minerals and metals market supply chains; defense strategies; China and Russia geopolitics

Mark Finley
Fellow in Energy & Global Oil
Areas of study: Global energy trends; energy transition dynamics and security

Peter R. Hartley, Ph.D.
Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar
George A. Peterkin Professor of Economics 
Areas of study: Energy, electric power, alternative energy; energy and non-fuel minerals and mining, including in Australia, Asia and Texas

Theresa Hoesl, M.A. 
Research Associate, Center for Energy Studies
Areas of study: Minerals and mining industry data and analysis

Elsie Hung, M.Sc.
Research Manager, Center for Energy Studies
Areas of study: Minerals production and trade information flows; analysis and visualizations; China energy infrastructure and trade

Jim Krane, Ph.D.
Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies
Areas of study: Energy and energy transition geopolitics and security

Cin-Ty A. Lee, Ph.D.
Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar
Harry Carothers Wiess Professor of Geology and Department Chair, Rice Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences 

Benigna Cortés Leiss, M.A.
Nonresident Fellow in Latin American Energy
Areas of study: Latin American energy and minerals

Steven W. Lewis, Ph.D.
C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow
Professor and Associate Director, Chao Center for Asian Studies
Areas of study: China energy and minerals, including the role of local jurisdictions, outbound investment and geopolitics

Kenneth B. Medlock III, Ph.D.
James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics
Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies
Areas of study: Minerals and materials within broader global energy trends; energy transition dynamics and security

Rachel A. Meidl, Ph.D.
Fellow in Energy & Environment 
Areas of study: Life cycle/circular economy framework for supply chains including minerals, materials and end used components; hazardous materials management; batteries and other waste and waste management; resilience

Francisco J. Monaldi, Ph.D.
Fellow in Latin American Energy Policy
Director, Latin America Energy Program
Areas of study: Latin American energy and minerals

Matteo Pasquali, Ph.D.
A. J. Hartsook Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, and Materials Science & NanoEngineering 
Director, Rice University Carbon Hub
Areas of study: Nexus between energy, materials, and carbon dioxide emissions; carbon materials with enhanced mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties; soft materials

James Tour, Ph.D.
T. T. and W. F. Chao Professor of Chemistry
Professor of Materials Science & NanoEngineering
Areas of study: Materials; green carbon; energy storage, including lithium batteries and hydrogen; flash methodology for graphene and metals recovery from lithium-ion batteries and other media



Student Researchers

Rice University students participate in EMM research during internships with the Center for Energy Studies. The students lead or assist in data collection and analysis, lead research for or contribute to publications, and participate in EMM and other CES and BIPP events and groups. 

The spring 2021 interns are:

Sree Yeluri, Rice '21
Major: Economics and German studies 
Areas of interest: Minerals production and governance; data and analysis; productivity and water management in Chile

Jacob Koelsch, Rice '22
Major: Social policy analysis and Asian studies
Areas of interest: Chinese minerals demand and outbound investment, including local jurisdictions

Diego de la Fuente, Rice '23
Political science and Economics
Areas of interest: Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) emissions trends; regulatory oversight



Alumna

Katherine H. Zoellmer, Rice '20
Areas of study: Materials science, nanoengineering, electric vehicle recharging and related national and municipal policies

See “Will Electric Vehicles Transform Distribution Networks? Only Time will Tell,” with Michelle Michot Foss, IAEE Energy Forum, Second Quarter 2020



Featured External Collaborators and Networks

Michael S. Moats
Professor of Metallurgical Engineering
Director, Thomas J. O'Keefe Institute for Sustainable Supply of Strategic Minerals, Missouri S&T 
Areas of study: Extractive metallurgy; production and trends; critical minerals; operations and workforce

Kwame Awuah-Offei
Union Pacific/Rocky Mountain Energy Professor of Mining Engineering
Member, Thomas J. O'Keefe Institute for Sustainable Supply of Strategic Minerals, Missouri S&T 
Areas of study: Mining engineering and operations; life cycle management; sustainable mining practices; workforce development

Nigel Brandon, OBE
Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College-London 
Areas of study: Energy materials and electrochemical devices for low carbon applications, including fuel cells, electrolyzers and batteries

Anna Korre
Professor of Environmental Engineering, Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Royal School of Mines 
Co-director, Energy Futures Lab, Imperial College-London
Areas of study: Mineral and energy resources engineering; modelling risk and uncertainty; environmental and life cycle assessment of engineering systems

Clare P. Grey, FRS
Geoffrey Moorhouse Gibson Professor in Materials Chemistry, Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge 
Areas of study: Materials science for advanced rechargeable batteries; fuel cell membranes; materials sourcing; computational materials science

Roderick G. Eggert
Viola Vestal Coulter Foundation Chair in Mineral Economics, Division of Economics and Business, Colorado School of Mines
Deputy Director, Critical Materials Institute 
Areas of study: Mineral economics, critical minerals and materials

Morgan D. Bazilian
Director, Payne Institute
Professor of Public Policy, Division of Economics and Business, Colorado School of Mines
Areas of study: Minerals for energy transition; just energy transitions; oil and gas emissions data science; satellite monitoring

Timothy Considine
School of Energy Resources Distinguished Professor of Energy Economics, Economics and Finance, University of Wyoming 
Areas of interest: Energy economics and policy/regulation; conventional and unconventional energy technology

John Steen
Director, Bradshaw Research Initiative for Minerals and Mining, The University of British Columbia 
Areas of study: Minerals exploration; extraction; remediation operations; mining sector transformation; mining industry strategy; data science

Jeremy M. Martin
Vice President, Energy & Sustainability, Institute of the Americas 
Areas of study: Latin American energy and minerals and related policies for investment

Tristan Abbey
President, Comarus Analytics
Distinguished Fellow, EPRINC 
Areas of study: Strategy and policy on energy and minerals, including federal domain and international relations