Presidential Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Energy Policy
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE)
Honors and Awards: University of Pennsylvania’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy Fellows Program - 2019-20, Max-Planck Sabbatical Award - Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems (Germany) - 2019-20, Invited TED Talk – The Age of Amazement – Speaking on Direct Air Capture, Vancouver, Canada - 2018, Member of the 2nd Cohort - DOE’s Oppenheimer Energy Sciences Leadership Group (started by Ernie Moniz in 2016) - 2017, Air & Waste Management Association Stern Award - Mercury Reaction Chemistry on Activated Carbon - 2017, University of Arizona Advances Junior Scientist Award - 2009, ARO Young Investigator Award, Energy Conversions Division - 2007, ACS Petroleum Research Fund Young Investigator Award - 2007, NSF Career Award, Combustion & Plasma Division - 2005
Research Expertise: Carbon Capture | Carbon Removal | Negative Emissions
Jennifer Wilcox is the Presidential Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute. Wilcox's research takes aim at the nexus of energy and the environment, developing both mitigation and adaptation strategies to minimize negative climate impacts associated with society's dependence on fossil fuels. Her work carefully examines the role of carbon management and opportunities therein that could assist in preventing 2° C warming by 2100. She has served on a number of committees including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Physical Society to assess carbon capture methods and impacts on climate. She is the author of the first textbook on carbon capture, published in March 2012.
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona - Tucson: June 2004
M.A. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Arizona – Tucson: June 2004
B.S. in Mathematics (Pre-med) from Wellesley College: June 1998