OpenAir AMA: Dr. Wil V. Srubar (CDR/Algae/Concrete)

Dr. Wil V. Srubar is one of the world’s leading researchers and entrepreneurs in the exciting field of bio-based construction materials. He is perhaps best known within carbon removal circles for his breakthrough work on algae-based concrete, which is now the basis of Prometheus Materials, a Boulder-based startup that he co-founded and for which he serves as chief technology advisor.

In this OpenAir Ask Me Anything, moderated by Colorado-based OpenAir member-engineer-CDR entrepreneur Gloria See, attendees had the opportunity to directly ask Dr. Srubar about his past, present and future research; emerging CDR-linked trends in materials science and construction, and just about anything related to why algae is incredibly cool.

ABOUT OUR GUEST - Dr. Srubar’s UC-Boulder Page -… Research Group - Living Materials Lab - - Prometheus Materials - - Minus Materials - Dr. Wil V. Surbar is an associate professor of civil and architectural engineering and materials science at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he leads the Living Materials Laboratory. He holds a PhD from Stanford University, as well as BS and MS degrees from Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Austin, respectively. His research focuses on using carbon dioxide to produce carbon-storing, biomimetic, and living material technologies for the built environment. To date, his laboratory has received $13M+ in sponsored research funding through the US National Science Foundation, Air Force Research Laboratories, ARPA-E, and DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office. He is a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. He has authored 100+ technical journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings. His work has been highlighted in The New York Times, National Public Radio, and The Washington Post. He is actively involved in leadership positions for the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the American Ceramic Society’s Cements Division, and ASCE’s Architectural Engineering Institute, and he is the co-founder of three startups focused on building decarbonization: Prometheus Materials, Minus Materials, and Aureus Earth.