Daniel is the Director of Technoeconomic Analysis at the Joint Bioenergy Institute (JBEI), working for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), and the Manager of Technoeconomic Analysis at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at the University of Queensland. He leads a research and analysis group that focuses on technoeconomic evaluation of various biofuels and biocommodities, including cellulosic biomass-derived ethanol, diesel, and jet fuel. In recognition for his successes, Daniel was the 2012 recipient of the Berkeley Lab Early Career Award for Exceptional Achievement and the 2012 JBEI Technical Contribution Award.
Daniel is the author of four patents, among them two currently licensed to a privately-held renewable chemicals company. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications in the field, including articles in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Trends in Biotechnology, and Biomass and Bioenergy. His research has been highlighted by The Economist, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Age, Science Magazine, Biofuels Digest, among others. He has presented his work in various national and international conferences, including in Switzerland, Australia, Spain, Japan, Netherlands, Mexico, and the U.S.
In addition to his work at JBEI and UQ, Daniel has participated in four start-up companies in the area of renewable energy and chemicals. He has provided consulting services to a number of renewable energy and management strategy companies, including McKinsey & Co., GreenLight Biosciences, Gard Global Group, and has provided guidance to various government institutions. He has taught courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.