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Connor Nash

Researcher III-Chemical Engineering | 303-384-7379

Research Interests

Connor P. Nash is a research engineer in the Thermochemical Catalysis Research and Development (R&D) group within the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) National Bioenergy Center (NBC). His research interests include:

  • Catalyst screening for hydrodeoxygenation of pyrolysis oil model compounds

  • Fundamental understanding of reaction mechanisms over molybdenum carbide catalysts

  • Electrochemical reactor design and operation for transformation of biomass-derived intermediates (e.g., guaiacol)

  • Conversion of syngas to value-added chemicals and liquid fuels

Areas of Expertise

  • Heterogeneous catalysis

    • Metal carbides, nitrides, and phosphides

    • Mixed alcohol dehydration

    • Electrochemical upgrading

    • Hydrodeoxygenation

    • Physical and chemical characterization

  • Micro-reactor catalyst screening


  • B.S., Chemical and Biological Engineering, Colorado State University, 2010–2014

Professional Experience

  • Research Engineer, NREL, NBC, Thermochemical Catalysis R&D, 2014present

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Colorado State University, Department of Biomedical Sciences, 20102014

Featured Publications

  1. "KISS1R-Coupled Gq/11-Independent GnRH Secretion" (forthcoming)

  2. "Experimental and Computational Investigation of the Acetic Acid Deoxygenation over Oxophilic Molybdenum Carbide: Surface Chemistry and Active Site Identity," ACS Catalysis (2016)

  3. "Mixed Alcohol Dehydration over Brønsted and Lewis Acidic Catalysts," Applied Catalysis A (2016)

  4. "A Facile Molecular Precursor Route to Metal Phosphide Nanoparticles and Their Evaluation as Hydrodeoxygenation Catalysts," Chemistry of Materials (2015)

  5. "KISS1R Signals Independently of Gαq/11 and Triggers LH Secretion via the β-arrestin Pathway in the Male Mouse," Endocrinology (2014)

  6. "Embryonic GABAB Receptor Blockade Alters Cell Migration, Adult Hypothalamic Structure, and Anxiety- and Depression-like Behaviors Sex Specifically in Mice," PLOS One (2014)

  7. "Endocan Immunoreactivity in the Mouse Brain: Method for Identifying Nonfunctional Blood Vessels," Journal of Immunological Methods (2013)

Please contact Jesse Hensley, Joshua Schaidle, or me with research questions, ideas for collaborations, and questions about the Heterogeneous Catalysis for Thermochemical Conversion program. Please do NOT contact me directly for jobs—see instead information on NREL's Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship program, highlighted jobs on the Heterogeneous Catalysis program page or on NREL Careers in general.