Mark Disko


Mark DiskoMark has 36 years of experience working in the energy industry with ExxonMobil. His research at Exxon focused on applied physics, materials science, sensing and nanotechnology. His knowledge and expertise are relevant to advancing permanent carbon storage, which is central to PACE’s mission.

In recent years, Mark has studied emerging energy systems and the potential of new technologies to impact the energy transition. He has knowledge of oilfield applications including sensing for efficiency and safety, and carbon-reduction related technologies including catalysis and gas separations.

Following more than a decade collaborating with major universities in energy science including MIT, Princeton and Stanford, Mark brings a vital perspective for improving energy efficiency and driving carbon emissions to Net Zero. 

Scaling-up technologies has been central in Mark’s research and collaborations; he has a passion to bring CO2 storage technologies to a scale over one gigaton per year. Factors that take technologies from the laboratory scale to the global market scale include the importance of understanding and predicting learning curves for new technologies including low carbon electricity production.

Mark also spent several years examining current and prospective solar energy technologies including solar thermal and photovoltaics and their future impact on the energy mix.

Mark has a B.Sc. in Physics from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. degree in Physics from Arizona State University working in solid state physics, electron microscopy and spectroscopy.
Mark is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.