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Fred Stewart, Ph.D.

Department Manager, Biological and Chemical Processing Department

Research Areas:
Advanced Manufacturing and Intelligent Systems; Chemical Separations; Bioenergy Technologies

Dr. Frederick F. Stewart is manager of the Biological and Chemical Processing Department at the Idaho National Laboratory. He leads a team of 30 to 40 researchers in the biological and chemical sciences. In his current position, he is responsible for technical oversight of research in electrochemical processing, membranes and filtration, chemical synthesis, energy storage materials, computational methods, catalysis, supercritical fluid processing, microbiology, extremophilic organisms, and biomass processing and characterization. His research interests are membrane separations and polymer synthesis where he has been active for over 20 years. Specifically, he is published in the area of phosphazene chemistry and has established methods to functionalize these materials and form them into membranes for harsh chemical separations, such as flue gas carbon capture. He has also developed these materials as lithium battery electrolytes and electrodes. He has published > 90 journal articles, conference proceedings papers, and invited book chapters. Additionally, he has chaired the North American Membrane Society meetings in 2003 and 2013, as well as the 2012 Membranes, Materials and Processes Gordon Research Conference. He earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Montana State University. Since 1997 he has been an adjunct assistant professor of chemistry for the University of Idaho. In 2013 he was honored with an R&D 100 Award with Aaron Wilson and Mark Stone for their work in switchable polarity solvent forward osmosis.


​Ph.D., Organic Chemistry - Montana State University


Idaho Innovation Award, Early-stage innovation of the year for “Switchable Polarity Solvent Forward Osmosis” with Aaron Wilson and Mark Stone, 2013

Federal Laboratory Consortium Far West Award for “Switchable Polarity Solvent Forward Osmosis” with Aaron Wilson and Mark Stone, 2013

R&D Magazine R&D100 Award for “Switchable Polarity Solvent Forward Osmosis” with Aaron Wilson and Mark Stone, 2013

INL Laboratory Director’s Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement, 2007

INL Lifetime Achievement Award for Inventorship, 2006

Inducted into the Idaho National Laboratory Inventor’s Hall of Fame, 2006

Bechtel, Inc. Outstanding Technical Paper Award, 2004

2001 Bechtel, Inc. Outstanding Technical Paper Award, 2001

"Energy 100" award.  First place on the list of the top 100 discoveries and innovations at DOE from 1977 to 2000.  SPE development, 2000

Department of Energy "Bright Light Award" for consumer-oriented technological inventions (solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) battery development.)  Best new technology in the DOE National Laboratory complex from 1997-1999, 2000

American Chemical Society Global Salute to Polymers Award, Polyphosphazene Chemistry, 1999

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