Colin McCormick, PhD

Chief Innovation Officer

Direct Air Capture + Carbon Mineralization + Hydrogen

Dr. Colin McCormick provides science and technology expertise across a wide range of engineered carbon removal methods and industrial decarbonization sectors.

He also supports Carbon Direct’s work in remote sensing, life-cycle analysis, and carbon removal policy analysis.

Background & Bio

Dr. Colin McCormick previously served as the Senior Advisor for R&D at the US Department of Energy where he helped oversee the full applied energy research portfolio, and as a Professional Staff Member for the House Science & Technology Committee. Prior to this he conducted research in applied quantum optics and atomic physics at UC Berkeley and NIST. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Science, Technology and International Affairs program, Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.


PhD, Physics

UC Berkeley

MA, Physics

UC Berkeley

MA, Astrophysics

Cambridge University

BA, English and Physics

Williams College


Secretary of Energy Achievement Award

Getting to Neutral report (2021)