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Klaus S. Lackner

Adjunct Senior Research Scientist in the Earth Institute; Adjunct Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering
School: 
Engineering
Department: 
Earth and Environmental Engineering Department
Office: 
1038D SW Mudd, Mail Code: 4711, 500 W. 120th Street, New York, NY 10027-6699
Email: 
kl2010@columbia.edu
Phone: 
212-854-0304
Fax: 
212-854-7081
Appointments
  • Director, Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy
  • Department Chair, Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University, USA
  • Cofounder, Global Research Technologies
  • Cofounder, Zero Emission Coal Alliance
Biography

Klaus Lackner’s scientific career started in the phenomenology of weakly interacting particles. Later searching for quarks, he and George Zweig developed the chemistry of atoms with fractional nuclear charge. He is still participating in matter searches for particles with a non-integer charge in an experiment conducted at Stanford by Martin Perl and his group.  After joining Los Alamos National Laboratory, Klaus Lackner became involved in hydrodynamic work and fusion related research.  In recent years, he has published on the behavior of high explosives, novel approaches to inertial confinement fusion, and numerical algorithms.  His interest in self-replicating machine systems has been recognized by Discover Magazine as one of seven ideas that could change the world.  Presently he is developing innovative approaches to energy issues of the future.  He has been instrumental in forming ZECA, the Zero Emission Coal Alliance, which is an industry-led effort to develop coal power with zero emissions to the atmosphere.  His recent work is on environmentally acceptable technologies for the use of fossil fuels.

Education

  • PhD:Physics, Heidelberg University, Germany, 1978.
    Theoretical Particle Physics, summa cum laude
    Clemm-Haas Prize for outstanding Ph. D. thesis at Heidelberg University
  • Diplom: Physics, Heidelberg University, Germany, 1976.
    (Advisors: Professors John Grace and Xiaotao Bi)
  • Vordiplom: Physics, Heidelberg University, Germany, 1975.
Research & Other Works
Article
Relative Permeability Experiments of Carbon Dioxide Displacing Brine and Their Implications for Carbon Sequestration
Article
Co-Location of Air Capture, Subseafloor CO2 Sequestration, and Energy Production on the Kerguelen Plateau
Dataset
The urgency of the development of CO2 capture from ambient air: Supporting information
Article
The urgency of the development of CO2 capture from ambient air
 
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