Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering
DTE Energy Professor of Advanced Energy Research
Director, Global CO2 Initiative
Faculty Director, Center for Entrepreneurship
My research focuses on accelerating deployments of CO2-utilization technologies that will innovate existing infrastructure and manufacturing processes, thereby finding sustainable decarbonization solutions to help address the climate crisis. My research also includes the development of optical devices for use in diagnosis of diseases of the human eye.
My teaching focuses on experiential undergraduate education through a lab course, the International Engineering Summer School at TU Berlin, and Innovation for Impact: Climate Change.
My service work ranges from administrative roles at UM, editorial roles, to committees for international professional societies.
2021 Faraday Discussions Spiers Memorial Lecture "CO2 Utilization: Why, why now, and how?"
This introduction to the Faraday Discussion on carbon dioxide utilization (CDU) provides a framework to lay out the need for CDU, the opportunities, boundary conditions, potential pitfalls, and critical needs to advance the required technologies in the time needed. CDU as a mainstream climate-relevant solution is gaining rapid traction as measured by the increase in the number of related publications, the investment activity, and the political action taken in various countries.
The Global CO2 Initiative at University of Michigan and its network leverages existing relationships into a sound foundation for interdisciplinary research at the University and other research and industrial entities.
The Global CO2 Initiative will focus on technologies, processes and policies to increase the rate at which carbon is removed from the global carbon cycle by the equivalent to 10% of current CO2 emissions by 2030 through the identification and support of scalable technologies.
Watch the TED-style presentation on the left to learn about our MCubed collaboration with Maria Woodward (Dep. of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences) and David Burke (Dept. of Human Genetics).
In addition, see details about Fast 3D Imaging for eye exams in this 360-degree video.
Watch an interview 'On the importance of studying abroad' on the occasion of Volker Sick receiving the 2018 U-M's President's Award for Distinguished Service in International Education, established in 2017 to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary efforts of U-M faculty and staff who keep the university on the leading edge of international education for our students.
See also this University of Michigan Record Article
Email: vsick at umich.edu
Mail: University of Michigan, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2476 G.G. Brown Laboratory, 2350 Hayward Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA