Dr. Anthony Cugini
Dr. Anthony Cugini is the Director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). NETL is owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy, which serves as the lead field laboratory for the Department’s Office of Fossil Energy. NETL also implements programs with the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Dr. Cugini oversees the implementation of major science and technology development programs to resolve the environmental, supply, and reliability constraints of producing, delivering, and using energy resources. This includes technologies for:
- Advanced coal-fueled power generation and hydrogen production.
- Carbon sequestration.
- Environmental control for the existing fleet of coal-fired power plants.
- Improving the efficiency and environmental quality of domestic oil and natural gas exploration, production, and processing.
Prior to his appointment as NETL’s Director, Dr. Cugini served as Director of NETL’s Office of Research and Development (ORD), which comprises the onsite research personnel and laboratories in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Morgantown, West Virginia; and Albany, Oregon.
Prior to serving as the Director of ORD, Dr. Cugini served as Focus Area Leader of NETL’s Computational and Basic Sciences Focus Area. During his tenure, NETL strengthened its position in computational research ranging from computational chemistry through larger-scale process modeling. Before coming to NETL in 1987, Dr. Cugini worked at Procter and Gamble and Gulf Research.
Dr. Cugini has a wide range of interests that cut across energy and environmental technologies, including the kinetics of exothermic reactions, catalyst development, advanced carbon synthesis, hydrogen production and separation, gas hydrates, CO2 sequestration, and computational modeling. Among his publications are topics involving robotics technology, decontamination of military aircraft surfaces using novel polymeric materials, CO2 sequestration technologies, novel catalysts, the effect of catalyst physical properties on activity, hydrogen separation and modeling, advanced carbon production, and computational modeling.
Dr. Cugini received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
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