William Tumas

Bill Tumas is the Associate Laboratory Director of Materials and Chemical Science and Technology responsible for overall leadership, management, technical direction, and workforce development of the materials and chemical science and technology capabilities at NREL, spanning fundamental and applied R&D for renewable energy and energy efficiency.  Key program areas include photovoltaics and solar energy conversion; solar fuels; hydrogen production, storage and utilization; materials discovery, synthesis and development; chemistry and nanoscience; fuel cells; energy storage and reliability/durability.  Bill is also the Director of the Center for Next Generation of Materials Design Energy Frontier Research Center EFRC, (www.cngmd-efrc.org), which integrates high-throughput theory, experiment, and data mining to discover new functional semiconductor materials, including metastable systems, relevant to energy applications.  He also serves as NREL’s laboratory point of contact for Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, responsible for sponsor interface, program management, and program execution. Prior to joining NREL in 2009, Bill was at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 17 years where his last position was Program Director for Applied Energy Programs.  He started his career at DuPont Central Research where he was a project leader for environmental and oxidation catalysis.  His research activities have included materials design, solar energy conversion, homogeneous and phase-separable catalysis, supercritical fluids, green chemistry, chemical hydrogen storage, and waste/wastewater treatment technology development/assessment. 

Bill has over 60 peer-reviewed publications, 12 patents, and has given over 125 invited presentations and seminars.  Bill received his B.A. in Chemistry, summa cum laude, from Ithaca College and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Stanford as an NSF and Hertz Fellow.  He carried out postdoctoral research at Caltech as an NIH and a Chaim Weizmann Postdoctoral Fellow.