Patrick joined the Thermal Sciences Group at NREL in 2018 as a graduate student intern. His research interests include advanced materials for renewable energy technologies and solar thermal processing, and he is assisting in ray tracing analyses for central receiver systems.
In graduate school, Patrick completed his thesis research project with and was subsequently employed by the Professorship of Renewable Energy Carriers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology where he contributed to the 'Solar-to-Liquid' project. His focus was on the fabrication, characterization, installation, and testing of reticular porous ceramic structures for a directly irradiated, high temperature (1500°C) reactor for solar fuel generation.
Other experiences include an internship with Alfa Laval characterizing corrosion potentials of steels; an internship with the Paul Scherrer Institute investigating electron mobility in silicon devices; and a student research position in the Computational Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Denver.
M.S., Materials & Manufacturing Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
M.B.A., University of Denver
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Denver