Executive Director of the Energy Frontier Research Center at Harvard University, Jeff Miller, joins The Kavli Foundation as science program officer. He joins the foundation full-time on June 7, 2022.
Dr. Miller will focus on nanoscience, one of the four fields the foundation supports in basic research. His experience and scientific background bring additional expertise to the science teams’ work in nanoscience, neuroscience, astrophysics and theoretical physics.
“Jeff’s leadership and scientific experience, including in nanotechnology, materials and statistics, is a great addition to the foundation’s science team,” shared Amy Bernard, director of life sciences. “He will support cutting-edge research in nanoscience, as we expand our program in this field.”
As executive director of the DOE-Harvard Energy Frontier Research Center (one of 46 centers around the U.S.), Dr. Miller and colleagues at Harvard and partner institutions use a team approach to try to address big problems in energy sciences. For the Harvard EFRC, they are focused on decreasing the carbon footprint and increasing the energy efficiency of chemical synthesis, which accounts for about a quarter of the energy use worldwide. Prior to Harvard, Dr. Miller directed R&D efforts at two green-energy startups.
“There are so many different areas where progress in nanoscience will lead to real benefits for society,” remarked Miller. “I am thrilled for the chance to work with the team at The Kavli Foundation and scientists around the world to help push forward the boundaries of knowledge.”
Miller received his Ph.D. in applied physics from Harvard, a master of philosophy in statistical science from University of Cambridge, a masters in semiconductor science and technology from Imperial College in London, and bachelors degrees in physics and materials science engineering from University of Wisconsin, Madison.