Dr. Claus Daniel is one of seven Senior Fellows at Carrier Corporation and leads its Strategic Innovation theme focused on Sustainability with an increased focus at Carrier on identifying opportunities and initiatives that lead to significant new products and services or disruption. He is responsible for Carrier’s sustainability and product decarbonization innovation portfolio towards commercialization.
He has more than 20 years of experience in developing and advancing technologies in materials, manufacturing, and sustainability. He joined Carrier from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he’s held numerous leadership roles including leading their automotive and mobility research and applied energy programs. He has also held a professorship at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and continues to be an appointed friend of the UT Bredesen Center. He was the founding Director of the U.S. Department of Energy Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Facility at ORNL.
He earned his PhD (Summa Cum Laude) in materials science from the Saarland University in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart and two M.S., one from the Saarland University and the other from the École Européenne d’Ingénieurs en Génie des Matériaux (European School for Materials Science and Engineering), part of the Université de Lorraine. He was awarded a number of prizes including the Gilbreth lectureship award from the National Academy of Engineering, the Battelle Distinguished Inventor Award from ORNL, the Carl-Eduard-Schulte-Prize from the Association of German Engineers, the Eugene P. Wigner Fellowship Award from ORNL, the Werner Köster Prize from the German Materials Society, the Martin Koester Prize from the Saarland University, and others. He is a Kavli alumnus with the National Academy of Science. In 2015, he was part of the U.S. delegation to the Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Societies Convocation in India.
Dr. Daniel is the editor of the second edition of Wiley-VCH’s “Handbook of Battery Materials”, has published over 100 peer-reviewed international journal publications, holds over two dozen patents, and is a member in DGM, MRS, SAE, and AAAS.