Thomas Kirchstetter

Division Director
Scientific Division Director
(510) 486-7071

Dr. Kirchstetter is a Senior Scientist and Director of the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  He holds a concurrent appointment as an Adjunct Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley, where he teaches courses and mentors undergraduate and graduate student researchers. Kirchstetter has served as an editor of the journals Aerosol Science & Technology and Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics and organizer of the International Conference on Carbonaceous Particles in the Atmosphere.  

Kirchstetter entered the DOE national laboratory system as a student intern at Brookhaven National Lab in 1992. After earning a PhD in Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley, Kirchstetter won the DOE Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship in 1998 and began conducting atmospheric aerosol research under the mentorship of Tihomir Novakov at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.  Kirchstetter is well known for his research on the optical properties of carbonaceous aerosols and the characterization of motor vehicle emissions and control technologies. His current research interests in air pollution science and technology include the evaluation of in-use performance of heavy-duty diesel truck emission controls, the climate and air quality impacts of freight transport, understanding the drivers of airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2, inventing and benchmarking air pollution sensors, air pollution monitoring in underserved communities, and greenhouse gas emissions from municipal solid waste-to-energy practices.  Visit Kirchstetter's research page and publications to learn more.

Kirchstetter lives in Oakland, California with his wife and three kids and enjoys playing music, fishing, hiking, and cooking.