Brentan Alexander, Ph.D.

Scientist / Entrepreneur / Engineer

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Hello

Pleased to meet you! I'm Brentan.

I'm an experienced scientist and engineer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. When I'm not in the office, you'll find me hiking the East Bay hills or turning wood in the shop.
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Clean Technology Deployment is my Passion

I utilize my entrepenuerial and academic backgrounds to advance the deployment of clean technologies. I lead the detailed diligence of novel technologies at New Energy Risk, and use my experience to help technology companies assemble everything they need to reach market faster.
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How Can I Help You?

Moving from tech development to tech deployment? I can advise on all aspects needed for success, from technology validation requirements to project financing strategies to the good and bad of EPC vs EPCM. Seeking an expert to advance a technical goal? I can help, or connect you to someone who can.
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Background

Pleased to meet you! I'm Brentan.

I currently serve as the Chief Science Officer of New Energy Risk, where I utilize my background as a serial entrepreneur, academic, and respected researcher to rapidly perform detailed technical diligence on novel technologies. I am an expert in the fields of thermochemistry, electrochemistry, heat and mass transport, and thermodynamics, and have devoted my career to advancing the deployment of clean energy technologies.

Prior to NER, I worked as an independent engineer for Veryst Engineering and Exponent. There, I tackled projects in failure root-cause analysis, manufacturing quality control, validation test design, engineering design review, and technology R&D for clients including Shell, Microsoft, BP, General Motors, and Columbia Sportswear. My entrepreneurial endeavors include founding Swift Calcs, a web-based technical computing platform for faster and more reliable engineering calculations, as well as EnergyFolks, a non-profit professional network connecting energy students and professionals in their area. I also was Senior Mechanical Engineer at Wrightspeed, a startup developing next-generation hybrid-electric powertrains for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

I received a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering, where I focused on solid fuel gasification and syngas utilization using solid-oxide fuel cell technology. I am the author of numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications, have presented at a variety of technical symposia, and have been honored as an NDSEG Fellow (2009-2012) and a Rohsenow Fellow (2007-2008). I hold Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.

When I'm not geeking out on the latest gasification kinetic models, you can find me outside, hiking the East Bay hills or lounging on the deck with my daughter.

Experience

Publications

Ph.D. Dissertation

B.R. Alexander, Electricity and hydrogen from solid fuels: a study of carbon fuel cell systems, Department of Mechanical Engineering - Ph.D. Thesis, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (2012), http://purl.stanford.edu/mq850cs2799


Peer Reviewed Publications

B.R. Alexander, R.E. Mitchell, T.M. Gür, Modeling of Experimental Results for Carbon Utilization in a Carbon Fuel Cell, Journal of Power Sources, 228 (2013) pp. 123-140

B.R. Alexander, R.E. Mitchell, T.M. Gür, Oxy-Combustion of Solid Fuels in a Carbon Fuel Cell, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 34 (2013), pp. 3445-3452

B.R. Alexander, R.E. Mitchell, T.M. Gür, Viability of Coupled Steam-Carbon-Air Fuel Cell Concept for Spontaneous Co-production of Hydrogen and Electrical Power, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 159 B810 (2012)

B.R. Alexander, R.E. Mitchell, T.M. Gür, Experimental and Modeling Study of Biomass Conversion in a Solid Carbon Fuel Cell, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 159 B347 (2012)

B.R. Alexander, R.E. Mitchell, T.M. Gür, A New Steam-Carbon Fuel Cell Concept for Cogeneration of Hydrogen and Electrical Power, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 158(5) (2011) B505

Brentan R. Alexander and Evelyn N. Wang, Design of a Microbreather for Two-Phase Microchannel Heat Sinks, Nanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering, Volume 13, Issue 3 July 2009 , pages 151 - 164


Transactional Publications

B.R. Alexander, R.E. Mitchell, T.M. Gür, Model of Carbon Utilization in a Solid Carbon Fuel Cell, ECS Transactions, 41(12) (2012) pp 45-55

B.R. Alexander, R.E. Mitchell, T.M. Gür, Model of Integrated SCFC and Carbon-Steam Fuel Cell for CO-Free Hydrogen Production, ECS Transactions, 41(12) (2012) pp 68-80

B.R. Alexander, R.E. Mitchell, T.M. Gür, Biomass Conversion in a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell, ECS Transactions, 35(1) (2011) pp 2685-2692

B.R. Alexander, A.C. Lee, R.E. Mitchell, T.M. Gür, Carbon-Free Hydrogen Production in a Steam-Carbon Electrochemical Cell, ECS Transactions, 28(26) 67-76 (2010).

Brentan R. Alexander and Evelyn N. Wang, Design of a Microscale Breather for Two-Phase Thermal Management Devices, ASME Paper IMECE2008-68898, in ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Boston, 2008

Brentan R. Alexander and Ahmed F. Ghoniem, Analysis and Optimization of the Coupled Parameters of the Graz Cycle, ASME Paper GT2008-50588, in ASME Turbo Expo, Berlin, 2008


Presentations

B.R. Alexander, R.E. Mitchell, T.M. Gür, Oxy-Combustion of Solid Fuels in a Carbon Fuel Cell, 34th Internation Symposium on Combustion (Warsaw, August 2012)

B.R. Alexander, R.E. Mitchell, T.M. Gür, Model of Integrated SCFC and Carbon-Steam Fuel Cell for CO-Free Hydrogen Production, 220th ECS Meeting (Boston, Oct 2011)

B.R. Alexander, R.E. Mitchell, T.M. Gür, Model of Carbon Utilization in a Solid Carbon Fuel Cell, 220th ECS Meeting (Boston, Oct 2011)

B.R. Alexander, R.E. Mitchell, T.M. Gür, Biomass Conversion in a Fluidized Bed Direct Carbon Fuel Cell, 219th ECS Meeting (Montreal, May 2011)

B.R. Alexander, R.E. Mitchell, T.M. Gür, Efficient Hydrogen Production in a Steam-Carbon Electrochemical Cell, 217th ECS meeting (Vancouver, April 2010)

Brentan R. Alexander and Evelyn N. Wang, Design of a Microscale Breather for Two-Phase Thermal Management Devices, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Boston, 2008

Brentan R. Alexander and Ahmed F. Ghoniem, Analysis and Optimization of the Coupled Parameters of the Graz Cycle, ASME Turbo Expo, Berlin, 2008


Thesis

B.R. Alexander, Design of a microbreather for two-phase microchannel devices, Department of Mechanical Engineering - Master's Degree Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (2008), http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/44919

B.R. Alexander, Analysis and optimization of the Graz cycle: a coal fired power generation scheme with near-zero carbon dioxide emissions, Department of Mechanical Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (2007), http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/40309

Honors

NDSEG Fellow

U.S. Department of Defense National Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

2009 ~ 2012

Rohsenow Heat and Mass Transfer Fellow

MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering

2007 ~ 2008

Padmakar P.Lele Student Award for Outstanding Research and Thesis

MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering

2007

Departmental Service Award

MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering

2007

Bruce Mazlish Undergraduate Prize in History

MIT History Department

2003

Honorary Societies

Phi Beta Kappa Society
Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society
Pi Tau Sigma, the mechanical engineering honor society

Let's Talk

I'm always open to new inquiries and questions about energy, engineering, thermodynamics, and more. I've helped numerous clients big and small, from answering complex technical questions for BP, Microsoft, and Columbia Sportswear to advising startup technology companies design testing protocols and project financing strategies. Past projects include:

  • Design of technology testing programs to demonstate performance for financing parties
  • Advising on first-commercial project structuring, including necessary timelines, sizing, leverage, budgets, and investor returns to attract capital
  • Review of EPC and EPCM contracing terms to ensure project alignment and acceptance from debt and equity providers
  • Process design and engineering review during FEED and FEL 2/3 processes
  • HAZOP and FEMA studies for technologies and projects
  • Independent technology diligence reviews for thermochemical, electrochemical, and mechanical processes and technologies

Whatever your need, reach out and let me know how I can help. If I'm not the right person to support you, I will be happy to connect you with someone who can.

Contact

Email

[email protected]

Phone

754-273-6826