Research interests: carbon dioxide removal, energy systems modeling, bioenergy, technology commercialization, carbon capture and sequestration, climate policy, optimization

Policy interests: Energy, climate, environment, conservation, innovation, and infrastructure

Bio: Daniel L. Sanchez is an engineer and energy systems analyst studying the commercialization and deployment of energy technologies that remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Sanchez’s work and engagement spans the academic, nongovernmental, and governmental sectors. As an Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, he runs the Carbon Removal Lab, which aims to commercialize sustainable negative emissions technologies, and supports outreach to policymakers and technologists in California and across the United States. Prior to joining the faculty of UC Berkeley, Daniel was a AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow serving in the Office of Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO). He has previously held positions with the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Green for All, and the California Public Utilities Commission. He holds a PhD and MS from UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group, and a BSE in chemical and biomolecular engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Recent Experience

Assistant Specialist, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management  Cooperative Extension Specialist, University of California-Berkeley (2018-Present)

  • Director of Carbon Removal Laboratory, focused on engineering, analysis and policy for commercialization of sustainable negative emissions technologies

AAAS Congressional Science & Engineering Fellow, AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship, Washington, D.C., (2017-2018)

  • Supported Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) on energy, climate, environment, innovation, and conservation
  • Advanced opportunities for carbon sequestration and bioenergy in 2018 Farm Bill
  • Coordinated state-level engagement with and rural communities around climate impacts and solutions

Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Carnegie Institution for Science / Department of Global Ecology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (2016-2017)

  • Carbon dioxide removal – Worked with Drs. Chris Field and Katherine Mach to study feasibility and implementation of new technologies, including bioenergy with carbon capture and sequestration
  • Energy innovation – Worked with Drs. Ken Caldeira and Michael Mastrandrea to study near-zero emission energy systems, focusing on innovation and R&D priorities for deep decarbonization.


Ph.D., Energy and Resources, University of California Berkeley (2013- 2015)

  • Dissertation: “Deployment, Design, and Commercialization of Carbon-Negative Energy Systems”
  • Researcher, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL). PI: Daniel M. Kammen
  • Graduate Student Researcher, Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI). PI: Hanna Breetz
  • Graduate Student Instructor, Climate Policy and Politics (Spring 2015). Dr. Danny Cullenward

M.S., Energy and Resources, University of California Berkeley (2011- 2013)

  • Project: “Dairy Biogas in California: Cost-Effective Development”

B.S.E., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, School of Engineering & Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania (2006- 2010)