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Scott Nicholson

Researcher III-Chemical Engineering

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Scott Nicholson is a member of the Economics and Forecasting Group in the Grid Planning and Analysis Center. He works on the Materials Flows through Industry supply chain modeling tool that identifies energy and carbon impacts within the U.S. manufacturing sector. Scott’s research has recently focused on the plastics sector, comparing conventional, petrochemical-derived plastics to novel, bio-derived polymers. He also supports capacity expansion modeling efforts in the energy systems analysis space.

Research Interests

Manufacturing supply chain analysis

Economic models for energy systems analysis

Life cycle assessment

Advanced manufacturing



M.S., Mineral and Energy Economics, Colorado School of Mines

B.S., Chemical Engineering, Tufts University

Professional Experience

Industrial Energy Analysis Intern, NREL (2015–2016)

Data Coordinator, Biogen (2014)

Test Development Intern, Educational Testing Service (2013)

Research Assistant, Monmouth University (2013)

Featured Work

Combining reclaimed PET with bio-based monomers enables plastics upcycling, Joule (2019)

Refrigerants: Market Trends and Supply Chain Assessment, NREL Technical Report (2020)

Mapping the Supply Chain for Room Air Conditioning Compressors, NREL Technical Report (2019)

GeoVision Analysis Supporting Task Force Report: Impacts—The Employment Opportunities, Water Impacts, Emission Reductions, and Air Quality Improvements of Achieving High Penetrations of Geothermal Power in the United States, NREL Technical Report (2019)

Systematic Review of Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Geothermal Electricity, NREL Technical Report (2017)

Awards and Honors

William Jesse Coulter Award in Mineral Economics (2019)

Rittenburg Family Scholarship (2014–2015)