Professor Nathanial Cooper
Nathanial is an Assistant Professor in Industrial Sustainability in the Institute for Manufacturing. Prior to joining Cambridge, Nathanial was a postdoctoral scholar at Yale University where he focused on investigated technical and economic questions of technologies in the water-energy nexus. Before this, he was a postdoctoral scholar at Imperial College London where he applied systems engineering and optimization techniques to renewable energy and sustainability research questions. Nathanial received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis, where he focused on the effect of design parameters on the performance of interdigitated flow field PEM fuel cells.
Nathanial is particularly interested in using integrated analysis to develop sustainable, low-carbon alternatives in the highly intersectional areas of water and energy. His work is motivated by a desire to facilitate a transition to a sustainable future.
Nathanial’s current research investigates the impact of system design, develops process models and uses techno-economic analysis to better understand the potential of new technologies and how they may be best used to achieve low-carbon aims.
He is primarily interested in applying these techniques in areas such as electrochemical energy storage and power technologies (fuel cells, electrolyzers, flow batteries), recovery of critical materials from wastewater sources, and energy system & grid level analysis.