Dr. James A. Trainham

Professor and Associate Chair for Industry Relations
Address Office NEB 425 Phone: (352) 392-0826


Professor Trainham’s research interests are in renewable energy.  Before joining UF, Trainham spent most of his professional career in industry: four years as chief technology officer JDC Phosphate, four years as vice president,      distinguished fellow and director of the Research Triangle Solar Fuels Institute at RTI International, senior vice    president of Sundrop Fuels (a solar fuel company), served as global vice president of Science and Technology at PPG Industries, and had a 25-year career at the DuPont Company. Trainham was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1997. Received the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Award for Chemical Engineering Practice, 2002; selected as “one of the 100 Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era” by the AIChE, 2008; Elected Fellow AIChE, 2012; and Received the Industry Leadership Award, 2016.  His industrial expertise is in technology commercialization of both product and process technologies.


PhD, 1979, University of California, Berkeley

Professional Memberships and Fellowships

National Academy of Engineering, Member
American Institute of Chemical Engineer, Member

Research Interests

Renewable energy, synthetic fuels including hydrogen production, energy storage, electrochemical engineering, and techno-economics of energy alternatives