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Research / Discovery

Reardon named Academic Director of Clean Energy Supercluster

May 22, 2013

Multidisciplinary alliance of researchers, innovators, business experts and social scientists includes more than 160 faculty members from all eight colleges at CSU.

Ken ReardonKen Reardon, the Jud and Pat Harper Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering in the College of Engineering and a leading expert on the production of biofuels, is the new academic director of the CSU Clean Energy Supercluster.

“I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to lead the Clean Energy Supercluster," Reardon said. "I’m looking forward to working with the CSU energy community to advance our programs and to increase our connections with companies, investors, and research partners in Colorado and throughout the world.”

The Clean Energy Supercluster is a university-wide, multidisciplinary alliance of researchers, innovators, business experts, and social scientists. Launched in 2008, the Clean Energy Supercluster includes more than 160 faculty members from all eight colleges at CSU.

“Among many other initiatives, the Clean Energy Supercluster promotes research that leads to sustainable, cost-competitive renewable energy options,” Reardon said.

The CES also works on advancing fuel-efficient vehicles. By 2030, the United States could halve the oil used in cars and trucks compared with 2005 levels by improving the efficiency of gas-powered vehicles and relying more on cars that use alternative power sources, like electric batteries including biofuels, according to a March National Research Council report.

Distinguished career

Reardon joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering in 1988 after completing a year of postdoctoral research at the Universität Hannover as an Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow. He holds joint appointments in the Graduate Program in Cell and Molecular Biology, the Graduate Program in Ecology, the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, and the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology.  

Reardon is the Director of CSU’s Sustainable Bioenergy Development Center, the CSU Site Director for the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels, and the Director of the NSF-funded PhD training program “Multidisciplinary Approaches to Sustainable Bioenergy.” Through these multidisciplinary activities and his roles as a member of the steering committees of the Clean Energy Supercluster and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Reardon has obtained a broad perspective on biofuels and other renewable energy technologies. 

Reardon has been PI or co-PI on more than 40 projects, funded by grants totaling more than $9 million from the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and private industry. He has served as advisor or co-advisor for 46 M.S. and Ph.D. students and 13 postdoctoral researchers. Reardon received the Faculty Excellence Award of the College of Engineering in 2009 and the Cermak Outstanding Adviser Award in 1995. He serves on the editorial boards of four research journals. 

In addition to more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, the research conducted by Reardon and his collaborators has led to a dozen invention disclosures and 10 patent applications, with two issued patents to date.  

In 2010, Reardon founded OptiEnz Sensors, LLC to commercialize the biosensor technology developed by his group. These sensors provide continuous measurements of the concentrations of organic chemicals such as melamine, hydrocarbons, and solvents in water. The sensors can also be used to optimize the operation of biofuel production processes.