Bob van der Zwaan appointed special professor at HIMS
Dr B.C.C. van der Zwaan (1969) has been appointed professor to the endowed chair Sustainable Energy Technology at HIMS at the Faculty of Science. The chair was established on account of the Physics foundation (Stichting Fysica).
The research of Bob van der Zwaan is about sustainable energy technology, especially environmental issues, such as control of climate change, and is aimed at advising governments and international organizations on how to deal with this global issue and work at solutions.
In cooperation with the Energy Research Center of the Netherlands (ECN) he will set up new multidisciplinary research projects within the field where natural and social sciences meet. They will be concerned with the reduction of greenhouse gases (especially carbon dioxide) in an economical, safe and clean manner, especially by the development and worldwide application of sustainable energy technology.
Education is also an important part of the chair. Van der Zwaan will teach the multidisciplinary master Energy and Climate Change which focuses on the link between the use of energy and climate change, solving environmental issues such as climate change by way of innovative ways of energy technology and the link between energy- and environmental policy.
Van der Zwaan is senior researcher at ECN and Adjunct Professor of International at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna. He is also senior scientist at the Columbia University’s Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy at the Earth Institute in New York and held positions at several universities and research institutes in the USA and Europe. Van der Zwaan is co-director of the International Energy Workshop (IEW) and lead author at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He published more than 100 papers on energy technology, climate change and environmental economics in scientific magazines such as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Climatic Change and Environmental Science and Technology.