Patrick Campbell ’01

At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Patrick and his fellow chemists are busy creating the next generation of energy storage, new carbon-based materials that can potentially store electrical energy with much higher power and longer lifespan. “We call them supercapacitors,” confirms Patrick. These materials are going to mean you won’t ever have to replace your computer battery, and you’ll be able to charge your electric car in the same time it takes to fill your gas tank.” Patrick is a self-proclaimed “science-oriented kid”, but it was his NWS Upper School years that hooked him on chemistry. “Our classes at NWS tied chemistry into the world around us – it was about understanding everything in nature at a fundamental level.”

After graduating from Northwest, Patrick graduated from Macalester College in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, followed by earning a Ph.D. in 2012 from University of Oregon, Eugene, in Synthetic Organic/Inorganic Chemistry.