DOE ARPA-E and Some of Its Focused Programs for Energy Technology Innovation

Presentation for SSOE faculties and graduates, Time: 11:00-12:00PM 2/2, Room 102, Benedum Hall

DOE ARPA-E and Some of Its Focused Programs for Energy Technology Innovation


Ji-Cheng (JC) Zhao


Program Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E)


US Department of Energy, Washington, DC  

ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy) is a DARPA equivalent organization within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), funding transformative technologies for efficient energy production, storage, transportation/transmission, and usage.  The mission of the agency is to improve efficiency, reduce emissions and reduce imports, thus ensuring America’s energy security, economic security, national security, and technological competiveness.  In the last six years, ARPA-E has supported more than 500 projects with more than a billion dollars. This talk will explain the process of ARPA-E program development, funding mechanisms, project selection process, and its emphasis on technology to market. Examples of ARPA-E programs will be shown to illustrate the broad technology scopes of the agency.  A brief introduction of Dr. JC Zhao’s role in DOE can be found at:  


Dr. J.-C. Zhao currently has a split appointment both as a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at The Ohio State University (OSU) and as a Program Director at DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E).  He joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at in January 2008 after 12 years (1995 to 2007) as a materials scientist and project/team leader at GE Global Research in Schenectady, NY. His research focuses are on high-throughput materials science methodologies, computational thermodynamics, design of advanced alloys and coatings, and hydrogen storage materials. In addition to many materials innovations, he developed a diffusion-multiple approach and co-developed several associated materials property microscopy tools for accelerated materials discovery and development. Zhao was elected a Fellow of ASM International in 2003. He holds 48 US patents with 16 more pending. Zhao serves as an Associate Editor or editorial board member of five international journals. He was one of the four Meeting Chairs for the entire MRS Fall Meeting in 2009 that attracted more than 6,200 attendees. His innovations were featured in news, covers and a cover story in Nature, Chemical and Engineering News, MRS Bulletin, Advanced Engineering Materials, and Review of Scientific Instruments. Prof. Zhao has twice been invited by the National Academy of Engineering to the selective Frontiers of Engineering Symposia (U.S. 2008, U.S.-China 2009). Zhao was the 2001 winner of the prest