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Allen Wright

Allen Wright

Executive Director, Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Arizona State University
PO Box 873005
Tempe, AZ 85287-3005


  • Affiliate Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Executive Director, Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


Allen Wright is the executive director of the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions at the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University.  He’s also appointed Senior Sustainability Scientist with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Wright’s current research focuses on the characterization and improvement of air capture media as well as other related technologies.

Wright graduated from Michigan State University. He has worked a decade of estimating and project management in commercial and industrial electrical construction and a decade of marine operations as Deputy Operations Director of the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory piloting manned submersibles and remotely operated vehicles in support of NOAA-sponsored oceanic research.

Previously, Wright was appointment research engineer at Columbia University, where he supported the scientific community in climate research at Biosphere II Center in Tucson, Arizona. In addition, he was a senior research associate at the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy at Columbia University and has played a key role in the development of the humidity swing for air capture media.

Wright is also a co-founder and partner in Global Research Technologies, the first privately held company dedicated to the development and commercialization of Air Capture Technology, a technology for the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.




  • BS, Natural Resources Management, Michigan State University


Journal Articles


Wang, T., K. S. Lackner and A. B. Wright. 2013. Moisture-swing sorption for carbon dioxide capture from ambient air: A thermodynamic analysis. : Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 15:504-514. DOI: 10.1039/c2cp43124f. (link )


Lackner, K. S., S. Brennan, J. M. Matter, A. A. Park, A. B. Wright and B. van der Zwaan. 2012. The urgency of the development of CO2 capture from ambient air. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109(33):13156-13162. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1108765109. (link )


Wang, T., K. S. Lackner and A. Wright. 2011. Moisture swing sorbent for carbon dioxide capture from ambient air. Environemental Science & Technology 45(15):6670-6675. DOI: 10.1021/es201180v. (link )


Moore, W. S., T. Liu, W. S. Broecker, R. C. Finkel and A. B. Wright. 2001. Factors influencing 7Be accumulation on rock varnish. Geophysical Research Letters 28(23):4475-4478. DOI: 10.1029/2001GL013226. (link )



Rittmann, B. E., K. S. Lackner, J. D. Flory, R. Stirling, E. Eustance, Y. Lai, T. Shesh, A. B. Wright, J. Kmon, Z. L'Heureux and S. Badvipour. 2019. Atmospheric CO2 Capture and Membrane Delivery. Department of Energy. Technical Report DOE-ASU-0007093. (link )