Dr. Kirchstetter is a Staff Scientist in the Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts Division, Head of the Sustainable Energy and Environmental Systems Department, and Leader of the Sustainable Energy Systems Group. He holds a concurrent appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley, where he teaches courses and mentors undergraduate and graduate student researchers. Kirchstetter serves as an editor of the Aerosol Science and Technology journal.
Kirchstetter's research group is studying clean energy technologies, developing novel air pollution sensors, and evaluating in-use pollutant emissions and controls. Current research projects include:
- Evaluating the emission impacts of new after-treatment control technologies on in-use heavy-duty diesel trucks
- Quantifying air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions from dry anaerobic digestion and composting of municipal solid waste-to-energy
- Developing low cost particulate matter and black carbon sensing technologies
- Deploying a community air quality network
- Creating tailored samples of organic and black carbon for evaluation the thermal-optical analysis method and radiocarbon source apportionment
Environmental Engineering, PhD, UC Berkeley