Showcase Kleinman Center Event

Energy Week Lightning Talks

Energy Week


Glandt Forum, Singh Center for Nanotechnology
3205 Walnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19104

Hear presentations on energy research from Penn graduate and undergraduate students from across campus.

Event Summary

Cheer on this year’s Lightning Talk finalists as they present energy-related research in engaging TED-style talks for a live audience and panel of judges. You’ll get a lightning-fast look at energy through the disciplines of science, engineering, and policy.

This collaborative event is hosted by the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research, Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology, and Kleinman Center for Energy Policy.

Stick around afterwards for the annual Energy Week Student Poster Session and Reception taking place downstairs in the Singh Center lobby.

Student Speakers and Topics:

Peter Bazianos – Atomic-Scale Materials Innovation for Energy Storage

Chris Johnson – Using Ordered Surfactant Channels to Improve and Understand Charge Transport

Arwen Kozak – Nature Based Solutions: A Tool, not The Tool

Alina Ho – Opportunities for Rail in the Transport of Carbon Dioxide in the United States

Colby Snyder – Advancing Cool Roof Coatings for Urban Heat Resilience

Claire Zhang – Synthesis of Magnetic Nanocrystals for Inductively-Enhanced Catalysis

This event is part of Energy Week at Penn. Check out the rest of the 2024 programming at

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Peter Bazianos

Undergraduate Student, Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER)
Peter Bazianos is a junior in the VIPER program studying materials science and engineering, physics, and nanotechnology. He is an intern for Hydropore, a startup developing clean hydrogen technology to decarbonize industries reliant on fossil fuels.

Christopher Johnson

PhD Candidate, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Christopher Johnson is a doctoral candidate in the Chemical Engineering department, working under Dr. Chinedum Osuji. His work focuses on the structure of matter, particularly that of highly ordered self-assembling materials.

Arwen Kozak

Research Associate
Arwen Kozak is a research associate at the Kleinman Center. She assists with research and programming initiatives at Kleinman, working to support visiting scholars, students, and grant recipients.

Alina Ho

Student Advisory Council Member
Alina Ho is an undergraduate student studying systems science and engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Ho was a 2022 Undergraduate Student Fellow and is a Kleinman Center Student Advisory Council Member.

Colby Snyder

Undergraduate Seminar Fellow
Colby Snyder is an undergraduate studying Physics and Chemical Engineering in the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research. Snyder is also a 2024 Undergraduate Student Fellow.

Claire Zhang

Undergraduate Student, Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER)
Claire Zhang is a sophomore in the Vagelos Integrated Program for Energy Research (VIPER) studying Biology and Bioengineering. With energy research experience spanning biofuels, battery recycling, and catalysis, she hopes to play a role in advancing the global energy transition.