Josh Schaidle is the director of the Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy (ChemCatBio) Consortium and is 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 Lead for the Catalytic Carbon Transformation platform at NREL. Research within this platform ranges from atomistic-scale modeling of catalytic surfaces and reactor flow dynamics to pilot-scale verification of waste- and biomass-to-fuels and chemicals processes coupled with techno-economic analysis and life cycle assessment. He seeks to advance the catalysis and bioenergy fields by working at the interface of foundational science and applied engineering, leveraging a combined experimental and computational approach.

Affiliated Research Programs

Catalytic Carbon Transformation

Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy (ChemCatBio) 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

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

Engineer V, NREL, 2018–present

Director, ChemCatBio Consortium, 2016–present

Catalytic Carbon Transformation Platform Lead, NREL, 2015–present

Engineer IV, NREL, 2014–2018

Engineer III, NREL, 2012–2014

Post-Doctoral Researcher, NREL, 2011–2012

Featured Work

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)

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

Conversion of Dimethyl Ether to 2,2,3-trimethylbutane over a Cu/BEA Catalyst: Productivity Improvements through Hydrogen Incorporation, ACS Catalysis (2015)

Recent Advances in Heterogeneous Catalysts for Bio-oil Upgrading via 'Ex Situ Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis': Catalyst Development through the Study of Model Compounds, Green Chemistry (2014)

High Activity Carbide Supported Catalysts for Water Gas Shift, Journal of the American Chemical Society (2011)

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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)