James Zahler

Solar Generation and Data Communications Technologies

ARPA-E, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. James Zahler is the acting program manager for the technology to market subprogram within the SunShot Initiative. He is on detail from The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Technology-to-Market team. His team supports efforts to move groundbreaking and early-stage technologies and business models to the market.

Dr. Zahler previously worked GT Advanced Technologies as the senior director of product technology, where he managed research and application development activities for industrial sapphire materials and growth equipment. Prior to GT Advanced Technologies, Dr. Zahler was a cell technology manager at BP Solar, co-managing its advanced solar cell technology development activities. Dr. Zahler started his career co-founding Aonex Technologies to develop and commercialize his thesis technology.  As vice president of technology, he led an effort that resulted in development of a novel substrate technology for III-nitride semiconductor growth and processing that was acquired by a major microelectronics manufacturer.

Dr. Zahler earned both a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and a M.S. in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University.