Thomas Kirchstetter

Thomas Kirchstetter

Division Director: Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts Division
Division Director: Cyclotron Road
Scientific Division Director
(510) 486-7071


Dr. Kirchstetter is a Senior Scientist at Berkeley Lab.  Kirchstetter is the Director of the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division, which informs energy policy, standards, and decision-making for the benefit of society and the environment, and Interim Director of the Cyclotron Road Division, which turns science into successful companies and scientists into entrepreneurs.  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 vehicle emission controls, environmental impacts of freight transportation and decarbonization, inventing and benchmarking air pollution sensors, air pollution monitoring in communities, and climate and air pollution footprints of municipal solid waste-to-energy.  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.



Environmental Engineering, PhD, UC Berkeley

Journal and Editorial Board Memberships

Aerosol Science and Technology Journal, Editor, 2013 – 2018
Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Editor, 2006 – 2013