Brett Singer

Staff Scientist

Residential Building Systems
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Road
MS 90K
Berkeley, CA, 94720, USA

(510) 486-4779

Dr. Brett Craig Singer is a Staff Scientist and Principal Investigator with appointments in the Buildings and Urban Systems Division of the Energy Technologies Area of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Singer is the principal director of Indoor Air Quality efforts with the Residential Building Systems group. Dr. Singer has conceived, conducted and led research projects related to air pollutant emissions, physical-chemical processes, and pollutant exposures in both outdoor and indoor environments. His research aims to understand the real world processes and systems that affect air pollutant exposures. His guiding professional motivation is to provide the scientific basis to inform energy and environmental policy.

Dr. Singer’s early career research examined on-road motor vehicle emissions and the effectiveness of California’s Smog Check program. His first project at LBNL examined the sorption of secondhand smoke compounds, an effect that contaminates materials and leads to extended odors and pollutant exposures. This work helped launch interest in the study of “thirdhand” smoke. He has been a scientific lead on projects examining the chemistry of cleaning products, the effect of sorption of exposures to air toxics and potential releases of chemical weapons, and exposures to traffic related pollutants.

In addition to his management and contributions to indoor air quality projects with the Energy Performance of Buildings Group, Dr. Singer is Principal Investigator (PI) on two studies of pollutant emissions and air quality associated with residential natural gas appliances and co-PI on a study of energy and indoor air quality retrofits in low-income apartments.

Dr. Singer has authored or co-authored 29 papers published in archival, peer-reviewed journals as well as numerous government reports and peer-reviewed conference papers.

Education: He started at LBNL as a post-doctoral researcher after earning a Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1998. Dr. Singer also holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Summa cum Laude, 1991) from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and an M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from UC-Berkeley (1994).