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Josh Schaidle

Laboratory Program Manager - Carbon Management

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Josh Schaidle is the director of the Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium and has been recognized as a Distinguished Member of the Research Staff at NREL. He also serves as the Chief of Staff for the Bioenergy Science and Technology Directorate and NREL’s program manager for the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management. He seeks to build and empower diverse, multidisciplinary teams to accelerate technology development to address climate change. His dream is to create a future in which the quality of life for each and every person is no longer a compromise between sustainability and affordability

Affiliated Research Programs

Catalytic Carbon Transformation

Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium


Distinguished Leader Executive Certificate, Ross Business School, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Energy I-Corps, U.S. Department of Energy

Certified Professional Innovator, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Concentration in Environmental Sustainability, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of California at Santa Barbara

Professional Experience

Laboratory Program Manager—Carbon Management, 2021–present

Chief of Staff, Bioenergy Science and Technology Directorate, NREL, 2020–present

Director, ChemCatBio Consortium, 2016–present

Catalytic Carbon Transformation Platform Lead, NREL, 2015–2022

Engineer V, NREL, 2018–2021

Engineer IV, NREL, 2014–2018

Engineer III, NREL, 2012–2014

Post-Doctoral Researcher, NREL, 2011–2012

Featured Work

CatCost, an Estimation Tool Enabling the Cost and Environmental Impact of Catalyst Manufacturing to be Evaluated During Early-Stage R&D, Nature Catalysis (forthcoming)

Deactivation by Potassium Accumulation on a Pt/TiO2 Bifunctional Catalyst for Biomass Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis, ACS Catalysis (2022)

The Economic Outlook for Converting CO2 and Electrons to Molecules, Energy & Environmental Science (2021)

Electrochemical Routes for the Valorization of Biomass-Derived Feedstocks: From Chemistry to Application, ACS Energy Letters (2021)

An Exceptionally Mild and Scalable Solution-phase Synthesis of Molybdenum Carbide Nanoparticles for Thermocatalytic CO2 Hydrogenation, Journal of American Chemical Society (2020)

Transforming the Carbon Economy: Challenges and Opportunities in the Convergence of Low-Cost Electricity and CO2 Utilization, Energy & Environmental Science (2020)

Methanol to High-Octane Gasoline within a Market-Responsive Biorefinery Concept Enabled by Catalysis, Nature Catalysis (2019)

Valorization of Aqueous Waste Streams from Thermochemical Biorefineries, Green Chemistry (2019)

Driving Towards Cost-Competitive Biofuels through Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis by Rethinking Catalyst Selection and Reactor Configuration, Energy & Environmental Science (2018)

Exploring Low-Temperature Dehydrogenation at Ionic Cu Sites in Beta Zeolite to Enable Alkane Recycle in Dimethyl Ether Homologation, ACS Catalysis (2017)

Enhanced Hydrodeoxygenation of m-Cresol over Bimetallic Pt-Mo Catalysts through an Oxophilic Metal-Induced Tautomerization Pathway, ACS Catalysis (2016)

Synthesis of α-MoC1-x Nanoparticles Using a Surface-Modified SBA-15 Hard Template and Determination of Structure-Function Relationships in Acetic Acid Deoxygenation, Angewandte Chemie (2016)

The Role of the Support and Reaction Conditions on the Vapor Phase Deoxygenation of m-Cresol over Pt/C and Pt/TiO2 Catalysts, ACS Catalysis (2016)

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Awards and Honors

Distinguished Member of the Research Staff, NREL (2021)

Outstanding Partnership Award, NREL (2019)

Outstanding Commitment to Community Involvement, NREL (2018)

Outstanding Mentor Award, Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship, NREL (2015)

Chairman’s Award for Exceptional Performance, NREL (2014)