Jonathan Martin

Jonathan Martin

Researcher III-Systems Engineering

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Jonathan Martin is a research engineer in the Hybrid Energy Systems group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He studies combinations of different renewable energy generation (wind, solar, etc.), storage (battery, hydrogen, etc.), and end use (EV charging, renewable fuel production & combustion) technologies into synergistic hybrid energy systems. Of particular interest to Dr. Martin are the decarbonization of fuel production pathways and combustion-based end use systems that are difficult to electrify. Among his many research projects at NREL include the practical demonstration of hybrid control strategies (generation forecasting and battery charging/discharging schedules), validation of simulated future hybrid concepts, and techno-economic assessment of hybrid system applications, such as the use of hybrids to produce low-carbon fuels for hard-to-decarbonize sectors like marine transport. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, where his research was focused on the applications of renewable fuels.


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

B.S., Engineering, Swarthmore College

Professional Experience

Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (2021 – present)

Postdoctoral Researcher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (2019 – 2021)

Research Assistant, University of Michigan (2014 – 2019)

Research Technician, USDA Agricultural Research Service (2012 – 2014)

Featured Work

Mapping the Combustion Modes of a Dual-Fuel Compression Ignition Engine, Int. J. Eng. Res. (2022)

Impacts of Biofuel Blending on MCCI Ignition Delay with Review of Methods for Defining Cycle-by-Cycle Ignition Points From Noisy Cylinder Pressure Data, SAE International Mobilus (2021)

Fuel Property Effects of a Broad Range of Potential Biofuels on Mixing Control Compression Ignition Engine Performance and Emissions, SAE International Mobilus (2021)

Impacts of Advanced Diesel Combustion Operation and Fuel Formulation on Soot Nanostructure and Reactivity, Fuel (2020)

Nanostructure and Reactivity of Soot Produced From a Turbodiesel Engine Using Post Injection, P. Combust. Inst. (2019)

Intermediate Combustion Modes between Conventional Diesel and RCCI, SAE Int. J. Engines, (2018)

Optimization of an Advanced Combustion Strategy Towards 55% BTE for the Volvo SuperTruck Program, SAE Int. J. Engines (2017)

Experimental Study of Post Injection Scheduling for Soot Reduction in a Light-Duty Turbodiesel Engine, SAE International Mobilus (2016)

Maximizing the Stability of Pyrolysis Oil/Diesel Fuel Emulsions, Energy Fuels (2014)

Combustion Performance of Pyrolysis Oil/Ethanol Blends in a Residential-Scale Oil-Fired Boiler, Fuel (2014)

Awards and Honors

NREL President’s Award (2022)

NREL President’s Award (2020)