Chris R. Somerville
- Chris R. Somerville
- University - Industry Collaborations
- Philomathia Professor of Alternative Energy
- Energy Biosciences Building, 2151 Berkeley Way
- Berkeley, California 94720
- Phone 510.643.6265
- Fax 510.642.4995
PhD Genetics University of Alberta, 1978
B.Sc. Mathematics University of Alberta, 1974
My research interests are directed towards organizing University-Industry research collaborations.
My view is that great research Universities, including UC Berkeley, have unique ability to undertake multidisciplinary investigations of complex problems but that capability is underutilized by industry because of challenges associated with aligning the different cultures of academia and industry to facilitate collaboration.
My approach is to first understand the long-term goals of major corporations with significant research and development activities, and then to understand how the research capabilities of UC Berkeley and partner institutions could be organized to address the needs of industry. I believe that carefully organized and implemented collaborations can address societal needs, such as developing renewable energy, while at the same time supporting the educational mission of the University and the practical needs of industry partners.
Link to Chris Somerville Awards
Selected Recent Publications
Tilman, D., Socolow, R., Foley, J.A., Hill, J., Larson, E., Lynd, L., Pacala, S., Reilly, J., Searchinger, T., Somerville, C., Williams, R. (2009) Beneficial Biofuels—The Food, Energy, and Environment Trilemma. Science, 325,270-271
Somerville, C., Youngs, H., Taylor, C., Davis, S., and Long, S.P. (2010). Feedstocks for lignocellulosic biofuels. Science 329: 790-792.
Youngs, H.L., and Somerville, C.R. (2012) Growing better biofuel crops. The Scientist 26, 46-52
Youngs, H., Horta Nogueira, L., Somerville, CR and Goldemberg, J (2015) Perspectives on Biofuels. In Souza, G. M., Victoria, R., Joly, C., & Verdade, L. (Eds.). Bioenergy & Sustainability: Bridging the gaps. p.231-256. Paris: SCOPE. ISBN 978-2-9545557-0-6
Youngs, H. and Somerville, C.R. (2014) Data-based standards should guide biofuel production. Science 344, 1096-1097
Youngs, H. and Somerville, C.R. (2014) How big is the bioenergy piece of the pie? Biotechnol. Bioeng. 111,1717-1718.
Foust, T.D., Arent, D., de Carvalho Macedo, I., Goldemberg, J., Hoysalad, C., Filho, R.M., Nigro, F.E.B., Richard, T.L., Saddler, J., Samseth, J., Somerville, C.R. (2015) Energy Security. In Souza, G. M., Victoria, R., Joly, C., & Verdade, L. (Eds.), Bioenergy & Sustainability: Bridging the gaps pp. 61-89. Paris: SCOPE. ISBN 978-2-9545557-0-6
Souza, G.M., Verdade, L.M., Brito Cruz, C.H., Kaffka, S., Osseweijer, P., Somerville, C.R., Youngs, H. (2015) The much needed science: filling the gaps for sustainable bioenergy expansion. In G.M. Souza, R. Victoria, C. Joly, L. Verdade (Eds.), Bioenergy and Sustainability: Bridging the Gaps. pp. 218–227 Paris: SCOPE ISBN 978-2-9545557-0-6