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Dr. Spitler joined the Chemistry Department at UNC as a Visiting Scholar after retiring from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2018 where he had served as Program Manager for the Solar Photochemistry Program since 2007. For three years prior he was detailed to this Program at the DOE from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory where he was a Senior Scientist. Before this program management work, he spent two decades in entrepreneurial ventures and corporate R&D in the Boston area. The bulk of this time was as a senior scientist and research group leader in the Polaroid Corporation, where he worked on the manufacturing development of amorphous silicon solar cells and on the research and development of novel imaging systems. He has held academic appointments at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Boston as well as at Mount Holyoke College. His doctoral work was completed under the supervision of Melvin Calvin with a post-doctoral appointment at the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin with Heinz Gerischer.

Dr. Spitler has over forty journal articles and patents. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Electrochemical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a AAAS Fellow. His technical background includes photoelectrochemistry and semiconductor electrochemistry, spectral sensitization of solids, and sensors for detection of hazardous materials.

In 2019, Dr. Spitler joined the AMPED EFRC as a Scientific Advisor on Photochemical Solar Energy Conversion.


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1977
B.S., Stanford University, 1972


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department of Chemistry
2202M Murray Hall
Campus Box 3290,
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3290