ARPA-E Associate Director for Technology-to-Market James Zahler

Dr. James Zahler

Associate Director for Technology-to-Market

Dr. James Zahler currently serves as Associate Director for Technology-to-Market (T2M) at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) where he is responsible for commercial transition of funded technologies. In this capacity, Dr. Zahler manages a team of T2M Advisors that support the commercialization of ARPA-E’s diverse portfolio of energy technologies. Under his leadership, ARPA-E launched the Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential (SCALEUP) program to support the commercial transition of promising technologies from the ARPA-E portfolio of projects. SCALEUP makes awards of up to $20M to support the productization and scaling of technologies built upon prior ARPA-E projects. Additionally, Dr. Zahler has advised projects in the fields of solar thermal and photovoltaic energy generation, building efficiency, and data center efficiency, among other topics. 

Dr. Zahler joined ARPA-E from GT Advanced Technologies where he was the Senior Director of Product Technology, managing research and application development activities for industrial sapphire materials and growth equipment. Prior to GT Advanced Technologies, Dr. Zahler was 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 commercialize his thesis technology. As VP of Technology, he led Aonex’s to develop 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.