Sam joined the Thermal Sciences Group at NREL in 2018 as a postdoctoral researcher. His work supports thermal and materials research in concentrating solar power (CSP) and thermal energy storage systems. Sam helps develop new heat-transfer and thermal storage fluids, as well as evaluate the corrosion of CSP components in the presence of these fluids. Before joining NREL, Sam completed a master’s degree in Germany and studied the integration of nanoscale light trapping mechanisms in thin-film photovoltaic devices at the German Aerospace Center, Institute of Networked Energy Systems. His Ph.D. at the Colorado School of Mines focused on establishing structure/property correlations in heterogenous metal/nonmetal materials. His expertise includes materials chemistry and advanced analytical characterization.
Sam enjoys the Colorado outdoors, bicycling, and tennis. He is also a shadetree mechanic and enjoys restoring classic cars and motorcycles.
Ph.D. Applied Chemistry, Colorado School of Mines
M.Sc. Applied Technical Chemistry, Clausthal University of Technology, Germany
B.S. Chemistry and B.A. Germanic Studies, Indiana University