Headshot of ARPA-E Fellow Dr. Zachary Berquist

Dr. Zachary Berquist


Dr. Zachary Berquist currently serves as an ARPA-E Fellow. His interests include carbon capture, batteries, long-distance shipping, and hard-to-abate industries such as cement/steel-making.

Dr. Berquist received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in September 2022. His doctoral thesis focused on the development of high-temperature aerogels as transparent insulation for concentrating solar thermal. Dr. Berquist also holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University where he researched the hydrothermal liquefaction of food waste as a source of renewable fuel. During his Ph.D., Dr. Berquist interned at Sandia National Laboratories in the summer of 2021 where he worked at the National Solar Thermal Testing Facility on thermochemical air separation.

Prior to joining ARPA-E, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory where he analyzed lithium battery interfaces with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.