My research focuses on energy innovation, particularly the management of science and technology to accelerate the transition to a clean and sustainable energy system. I use the tools of social science to assess the effectiveness of R&D programs across government, corporate and university settings. My training as a physical scientist gives me an advantage in understanding both the technical and social barriers to extracting usable knowledge from investments in science and engineering. My goal as a researcher is to empirically examine past energy R&D efforts in order to inform the design of future initiatives.

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Recent Publications

P. Azoulay; E. Fuchs; A. P. Goldstein; M. Kearney, “Funding Breakthrough Research: Promises and Challenges of the ‘ARPA Model’,” in: Innovation Policy and the Economy, 2019, 19, 69-96.
Also published as NBER Working Paper No. w24674, 2018.
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A. P. Goldstein; V. Narayanamurti, “Simultaneous Pursuit of Discovery and Invention in the US Department of Energy”, Research Policy, 2018. DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2018.05.005
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G. Chan, A. P. Goldstein, A. Bin-Nun, L. Diaz Anadon, V. Narayanamurti, “Six principles for energy innovation,” Nature, 2017. DOI: 10.1038/d41586-017-07761-0
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A. P. Goldstein, P. Azoulay, J. Graff Zivin, V. Bulovic, “Promoting Energy Innovation with Lessons from Drug Development,” Policy Proposal for The Hamilton Project, 2017.
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A. P. Goldstein, “Why Are We Waiting?: The Logic, Urgency, and Promise of Tackling Climate Change, by Nicolas Stern”, Science and Public Policy, 2017. DOI: 10.1093/scipol/scx030
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Physical Chemistry and Materials

Synthesis of Nanostructured Graphene and BN Aerogels

A. K. Zettl, M. Rousseas, A. P. Goldstein, W. Mickelson, M. A. Worsley, L. Woo, “Crystalline Boron Nitride Aerogels,” US Patent 9611146, April 4, 2017.

T. Pham*; A. P. Goldstein*; J. Lewicki; S. O. Kucheyev; C. Wang; T. P. Russell; M. A. Worsley; L. Woo; W. Mickelson; A. Zettl, “Nanoscale Structure and Superhydrophobicity of sp2-Bonded Boron Nitride Aerogels,” Nanoscale, 2015, 7, 10449.

A. P. Goldstein; W. Mickelson; A. Machness; G. Lee; M. A. Worsley; L. Woo; A. Zettl, “Simultaneous Sheet Cross-Linking and Deoxygenation in the Graphene Oxide Sol-Gel Transition,” J. Phys. Chem. C, 2014, 118, 28855.

M. Rousseas; A. P. Goldstein; W. Mickelson; M. A. Worsley; L. Woo; A. Zettl, “Synthesis of Highly Crystalline sp2-Bonded Boron Nitride Aerogels,” ACS Nano, 2013, 7, 8540.

Crystal Structure of Metal Oxide Nanowires for Water Splitting

A. P. Goldstein; S. C. Andrews; R. F. Berger; J. B. Neaton; P. Yang, “Zigzag Inversion Domain Boundaries in Indium Zinc Oxide-Based Nanowires: Structure and Formation,” ACS Nano, 2013, 7, 10747.

Photophysical Properties of Chromophores for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

T. E. Knight; A. P. Goldstein; M. K. Brennaman; T. Cardolaccia; A. Pandya; J. M. DeSimone; T. J. Meyer, “Influence of the Fluid-to-Film Transition on Photophysical Properties of MLCT Excited States in a Polymerizable Dimethacrylate Fluid,” J. Phys. Chem. B, 2011, 115, 64.

P. G. Hoertz; A. P. Goldstein; C. Donley; T. J. Meyer, “Using the Voids. Evidence for an Antenna Effect in Dye-Sensitized Mesoporous TiO2 Thin Films,” J. Phys. Chem. B, 2010, 114, 14772.