Ilan Gur Senior Advisor for Commercialization & Program Director
Ilan Gur is Senior Advisor for Commercialization and a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E).
Dr. Gur has spent his career developing clean energy technologies based on advances in materials science. Prior to ARPA-E, Dr. Gur served as a Co-Founder and Director of Seeo, Inc., a venture-backed lithium battery start-up, bringing the company from lab-stage chemistry innovation to a leading emerging startup in the sector. Dr. Gur was previously a graduate research fellow at U.C., Berkeley, where he developed a new class of low-cost photovoltaics based on printed semiconductors. The key scientific contributions and patent portfolio resulting from this work served as the basis for Solexant, a company now commercializing the technology for grid-parity solar power.
As a member of the Professional Faculty at U.C., Berkeley's Haas School of Business, Dr. Gur developed a unique set of academic curricula that tie together technology, market, and policy considerations for advancement of new technologies, including multidisciplinary graduate courses in photovoltaics, advanced batteries, and technology entrepreneurship.
Dr. Gur holds Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
About Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E)
ARPA-E’s mission is to fund projects that will develop transformational technologies that reduce America’s dependence on foreign energy imports; reduce U.S. energy related emissions (including greenhouse gasses); improve energy efficiency across all sectors of the U.S. economy and ensure that the U.S. maintains its leadership in developing and deploying advanced energy technologies.
Specifically, the agency aims to:
Enhance U.S. economic security by identifying technologies with the potential to substantially reduce energy imports from foreign sources; cut energy-related greenhouse gas emissions; and improve efficiency across the energy spectrum.
Ensure the U.S. remains a technological and economic leader in developing and deploying advanced energy technologies.
ARPA-E focuses exclusively on high risk, high payoff concepts - technologies promising genuine transformation in the ways we generate, store and utilize energy. While the DOE invests heavily in conventional energy research, ARPA-E is not intended to augment these efforts. If just a fraction of the projects funded by ARPA-E are successful in reaching the marketplace, the U.S. will benefit greatly by creating new industries and jobs, making energy technologies substantially more cost-saving and profitable, and accelerating the timeframe for achieving energy and climate goals.