Chemical Sciences Division
For basic energy research in photosynthesis and its application to the production of renewable fuels and chemicals.
Elias Greenbaum is a UT-Battelle Corporate Fellow and leader of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Molecular Bioscience & Biotechnology Research Group. He is also an adjunct professor in the University of Tennessee. He received B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Brooklyn College and Columbia University. Greenbaum’s main area of research is in the fields of photosynthesis and materials science and their applications to artificial sight, functional nanoscale science and technology, biosensor development, and renewable hydrogen production. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2000 he was named Oak Ridge National Laboratory Scientist of the Year and in 2010 was named a UT-Battelle Distinguished Inventor. He received multiple UT-Battelle LLC and Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation awards. Greenbaum led the team that won a 2005 Federal Laboratory Consortium Award of Excellence in Technology Transfer for “AquaSentinel Real-Time Water Supply Protection Monitoring Biosensor System,” an algal biosensor technology approach to protection of source drinking water from chemical agent attacks. This technology is currently being commercialized by SecureWaters, a venture start-up company. He holds 15 patents and is the author of more than 150 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. In collaboration with Prof. Mark Humayun of the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine he co-founded DOE’s artificial retina program which is aimed at restoration of sight to people who are blind from age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. This project won the Editor’s Choice Award at the 2009 R&D 100 awards ceremony. Greenbaum is editor-in-chief of the Springer-American Institute of Physics Biological and Medical Physics/Biomedical Engineering Series and served as associate editor of the Biophysical Journal. He served as a member of the publications committees of the Biophysical Society and the American Institute of Physics as well as advisory panels and review committees for the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Science Foundation. Greenbaum was a Watkins Visiting Professor at Wichita State University and a Norman Hascoe Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Connecticut. He served on the National Research Council’s Biomolecular Materials and Research Processes Committee and led the subcommittee on Biomolecular and Bioinspired Energy Transducers.