Dr. Kirchstetter is a Senior Scientist, the Director of the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division, and the Head of the Sustainable Energy and Environmental Systems Department 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 quantification of emissions from motor vehicles. His current research interests in air pollution science and technology include the in-use performance and durability of vehicle emission controls, the environmental impact of freight transport, inventing and benchmarking air pollution sensors, and evaluating the benefits and barriers to the scale-up of municipal solid waste-to-energy.
Kirchstetter lives in Oakland, California with his wife and three kids and enjoys playing music, fishing, hiking, and cooking.