EVs and the Energy Transition Faculty Lunch

Monday March 11, 2024 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Kleinman Center Energy Forum Fisher Fine Arts Building, 4th Floor
220 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia , PA 19104

Penn faculty will speak about their research on electric vehicles. Topic areas include:

  • Challenges and progress towards sustainable sourcing of energy-critical metals in support of the renewable energy transition
  • Mitigation and challenges related to battery materials for EVs, including the low energy density of batteries compared to fossil fuels, charging time, and the gradual failure of battery materials
  • Public perceptions of EVs
  • Autoworker communities difficulties transitioning to EVs
  • Socio-economic challenges for certain communities along the full EV life cycle

Note: This event is only open to the Penn Community. If you are interested in attending, please email:


Sanya Carley

Co-Faculty Director

Kleinman Center for Energy Policy

Sanya Carley is the faculty co-director of the Kleinman Center and Presidential Distinguished Professor of Energy Policy and City Planning at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design. She holds secondary appointments at the Wharton School and the School of Social Policy and Practice. She also co-directs the Energy Justice Lab and is a Resources for the Future (RFF) university fellow.

Carley’s research focuses on energy justice and just transitions, energy insecurity, electricity and transportation markets, and public perceptions of energy infrastructure and technologies. With the Energy Justice Lab team, she built and maintains the Utility Disconnection Dashboard. Carley is an author of the Fifth National Climate Assessment report and a member of the Innovation Policy Forum and the Roundtable on Macroeconomics and Climate-related Risks and Opportunities, respectively, for the National Academies.

Prior to her appointment at Penn, Carley was a Paul H. O’Neill Professor at Indiana University, and held administrative positions there as a Chair, Program Director of the top-ranked Master of Public Affairs program, and as Associate Vice Provost of Faculty & Academic Affairs.

Eric Schelter

Hirschmann-Makineni Professor of Chemistry

School of Arts and Sciences

Eric Schelter joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 and is currently the Hirschmann-Makineni Professor of Chemistry. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan Technology University, and his doctorate from Texas A&M University. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. His research focuses on the chemistries and electronic structure effects of the transition metals, especially the lanthanides and actinides, with applications in catalysis, materials chemistry, and critical metals separations chemistry.

Eric Detsi

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair of Materials Science and Engineering

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Eric Detsi is associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair of Materials Science and Engineering. He received his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Before joining Penn, he conducted research at the Department of Chemistry at UCLA as a Dutch Science Foundation Rubicon Postdoctoral Fellow. His current research uses liquid metals and non-precious nanoporous materials such as nanoporous magnesium, aluminum, zinc, iron, lead, and antimony for electrochemical energy conversion and storage, with a focus on battery and hydrogen technologies.