Dr. Götz Veser is developing novel catalysts and reactor concepts for clean energy and chemicals production
“I see the ‘us versus them’ mindset — ‘you are either for a clean future or for fossil fuels’ — as the greatest obstacle for rapid progress. We need to decarbonize both fast and deep.”
Dr. Götz Veser, Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh and Associate Director of the Center for Energy, is developing novel catalysts and reactor concepts for clean energy and chemicals production, and so has a broad understanding and passion for advancing energy technologies. He sees the U.S. and global energy R&D strategy at an important tipping point, where advances in renewables and near-future reliability in cleaner fossil fuels must strike a balance.
There also needs be greater federal investment in such research to bridge the gap between industry and university funding. All new technologies require significant upfront funding, but the payoff down the road in this instance is not only the return on investment, but the health and well-being of the planet itself and all life on it.