As an American physicist, Dr. Steven Chu took the office of the US Secretary of Energy more qualified than nearly any previous person to hold the title. Known most prominently for his work with Bell Labs where he cooled and trapped atoms with laser light, he was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997.

Prior to working for the Obama administration, he was a professor of physics and molecular and cellular biology at the University of California, Berkeley as well as director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His focus was the study of biological systems at the single molecule level.

With his post as the 12th Secretary of Energy, he is pushing for research into renewable energy and nuclear power, with the ultimate goal being a national move away from fossil fuels. A strong advocate of combating climate change, he faces challenges from the right-wing of American politics, which doesn’t believe in the process.

One of his long-term goals is to use glucose from tropical plants as a replacement for fossil fuels. He believes that this technology can be shipped much like oil and create a low-carbon economy.

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