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Daniel J. Schell is manager of the BioProcess Integration R&D section of the National Bioenergy Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and currently leads a multidisciplinary team of engineers and pilot plant technicians. Schell has more than 30 years of research experience in bio-based conversion of lignocellulosic biomass and has extensive expertise in integrated biomass conversion operations at the bench and pilot scale. He also manages numerous projects for industrial clients investigating various aspects of lignocellulosic biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals.

Research Interests

Integrated biomass processing

High solids biomass conversion

Fermentation process development

Separation processes

Techno-economic analysis

Measurement uncertainty

Pilot plant operation and process scale up

Professional Experience

Manager, NREL, 2013–present

Senior Research Supervisor, NREL, 2005–2013

Senior Biochemical Engineer, NREL, 1997–2005

Staff Engineer, NREL, 1988–1997

Associate Scientist, Solar Energy Research Institute, 1980–1988

Education/Academic Qualification

Master, Engineering and Technology Management, Colorado School of Mines

Master, Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Bachelor, Engineering Physics, Colorado School of Mines


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