Dr. Oliver Hemmers received his Ph.D. in physics in 1993 from the Technical University in Berlin, Germany, with specialization in x-ray atomic and molecular spectroscopy. Recent research focuses on developments of biofuels and new materials for hydrogen fuel storage. He currently manages a multiyear, multimillion-dollar biodiesel project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Over the past 10 years, he has been a principal investigator or co-PI on several research projects at UNLV totaling more than $6 million. Hemmers has made approximately 200 presentations at national and international meetings, published approximately 90 research articles, written one book, and holds one patent. He is a member of the American Physical Society and a reviewer for the American Institute of Physics and the Institute of Physics. Hemmers is the director of the Office of Strategic Energy Programs, established in 2006, and an associate research professor in UNLV’s chemistry department.