Why Carbon Direct?




Colin McCormick, PhD

Colin McCormick, PhD

Principal Scientist

Direct Air Capture (DAC) + Carbon Mineralization + Hydrogen + Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement (OAE)

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 data science and remote sensing, life-cycle analysis, and carbon removal policy analysis.

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, and a Member of the District of Columbia Commission on Climate Change and Resiliency.


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)