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José Goldemberg, PhD Biography

Professor at the Institute of Electrotechnics and Energy at the University of São Paulo
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“In addition to renewable means of producing electricity, such as wind, solar, and hydropower, biomass based fuels represent an important area of opportunity for displacing conventional petroleum-based transportation fuels. Ethanol from sugar cane is
already an attractive option, provided reasonable environmental safeguards are applied. To further develop the world’s biofuels potential, intensive research and development efforts to advance a new generation of fuels based on the efficient conversion
of lignocellulosic plant material are needed. At the same time, advances in molecular and systems biology show great promise for generating improved biomass feedstocks and much less energy-intensive methods of converting plant material into liquid fuel, such as through direct microbial production of fuels like butanol.”

Cowritten with Steven Chu, et al. “Lighting the Way Toward a Sustainable Energy Future,”, Oct. 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor, Institute of Electrotechnics and Energy, University of São Paulo (Brazil)
  • Friend of the Institute, International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • Associate Research Scholar, The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
  • Co-President, Global Energy Assessment Council
  • Member, Brazilian Academy of Sciences
  • Secretary of State for the Environment, State of São Paulo, 2002-2006
  • Chairman, World Energy Assessment, 1998-2000
  • Secretary of State for Science and Technology, Federal Government of Brazil, 1990-1992
  • Minister of State for Education, Federal Government of Brazil, 1990-1992
  • Former President, Brazilian Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Former President, Energy Company of the State of São Paulo
  • Former Professor, University of Illinois
  • Former Professor, Stanford University of Paris
  • Former Professor, Princeton University
  • PhD, Physical Sciences, University of São Paulo, 1954
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