Headshot of ARPA-E Fellow Dr. Jonathan 'Jo' Melville

Dr. Jonathan Melville


Dr. Jonathan “Jo” Melville is a Fellow at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). At ARPA-E, Jo’s technical interests lie within the realm of experimental next-generation technologies for deep decarbonization, focusing especially upon emissions reduction for industrial processes and novel chemistries for artificial fuel synthesis.

Prior to joining ARPA-E, Jo served as an ORISE Science, Technology, & Policy Fellow at the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) on the concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) team. At SETO, he leveraged his background in high-temperature electrochemistry to support the development and deployment of novel strategies for solar-to-fuels conversion and greening difficult-to-decarbonize industrial processes.

Jo earned his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2021. His dissertation focused on the development of electrochemical methods such as molten-salt electrolysis for industrial decarbonization. Jo also holds a B.S. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied porous materials for gas storage and separations.