Corinne Scown

Corinne Scown

Deputy for Research: Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts Division
Energy/Environmental Policy Senior Scientist/Engineer


Corinne Scown is the Deputy Director for Research of the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts (EAEI) Division at LBNL, Vice President and founder of the Life-cycle, Economics, and Agronomy Division (LEAD) at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), and Head of Sustainability at the Energy and Biosciences Institute (EBI). She holds a secondary appointment in the Biological Systems and Engineering Division at LBNL. Scown’s expertise includes life-cycle assessment, technoeconomic analysis, biofuels and bioproducts, air quality impacts of vehicle electrification, strategies for atmospheric carbon removal, and co-management of energy and water. She has led projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, California Energy Commission, California Air Resources Board, and Energy Biosciences Institute. She has led the development of online tools for TEA, LCA, and bio-based feedstock assessment, including BioC2G and the Biositing tool. Scown was awarded the ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Lectureship in 2022 for her work on TEA and LCA of emerging technologies and served as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Current Methods for Life Cycle Analyses of Low-Carbon Transportation Fuels in the United States. Scown earned a B.S. in civil engineering with a double-major in engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University, and she received her Ph.D. and M.S. in civil and environmental engineering at UC Berkeley.

Curriculum Vitae



Civil Engineering, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2010
Civil Engineering, M.S., University of California, Berkeley, 2008
Civil Engineering w/ Double Major in Engineering & Public Policy, B.S., Carnegie Mellon University, 2006


2022 Energy & Environmental Science outstanding peer reviewer -  April 26th 2023

Every one of our peer reviewers makes a significant contribution to great science. Each year, our Energy & Environmental Science editorial team recognises peer reviewers who have gone above and beyond.

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Lectureship -  September 23rd 2022
Spot: Team Workforce Development -  August 18th 2021

For contributions to the Lab's Workforce Development & Education programs in Spring and/or Summer of 2021, and for supporting research experiences for undergraduates, teachers, and faculty collaborators.

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Biofuels Achievement Award -  September 10th 2018

Three Berkeley Lab researchers, including Corinne Scown of the Energy Technologies Area, recently received the Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award as part of a larger team from the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI). Here's more from JBEI's announcement:

The award is designed to recognize the contributions of Department of Energy (DOE) employees to the mission of the Department and to the benefit of the United States. The JBEI team was recognized for pioneering the development of biomass-derived ionic liquids (“bionic liquids”) to enable one-pot conversion technologies that are efficient, feedstock flexible, scalable, and economically viable to support production of biofuels and co-products.

The team members honored by this award are Tanmoy Dutta, N.V.S.N. Murthy Konda, Corinne D. Scown, Blake A. Simmons, Seema Singh, Aaron M. Socha, Jian Sun, and Feng Xu. This team is a model of inter-institutional collaboration that JBEI has enabled, with about half of the team having been affiliated with Sandia (Dutta, Singh, Socha, Sun, and Xu) and the other half with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories (Konda, Scown, and Simmons).

The members have worked together to advance cellulosic biofuels research and development by increasing the economic and environmental sustainability of biomass pretreatment. The bionic liquid-enabled integrated one-pot process reduces annual operating cost by 40 percent and water use/waste water generation by approximately 85 percent, and has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 50 to 85 percent compared to conventional gasoline. With clear economic and environmental benefits, the one-pot bionic liquid process may represent a breakthrough technology in the cellulosic biofuel development.

Spot: Leticia Ericson, Corinne Scown and Anna Spurlock -  July 28th 2017

Leticia Ericson, working in collaboration with ETA staff Corrine Scown and Anna Spurlock, identified an effective, but not well understood mechanism for providing compensation to women employees while on maternity leave.

2015 Director's Awards for Exceptional Achievement: Early Scientific Career -  November 17th 2015

Significant scientific or technical contributions leading to important progress in an area of research or toward completion of a project (typically 0-5 years Postdoctoral).

Carnegie Mellon University Civil & Environmental Engineering Alumni Award -  September 3rd 2014

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University has given Corinne Scown a Recent Alumni Achievement Award. The award recognizes CEE alumni who have a noteworthy achievement within ten years of receiving their highest degree from the CEE Department. Scown completed her MS and PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, and she is a Research Scientist in the Sustainable Energy Systems Group of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division.

Journal and Editorial Board Memberships

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Member, Editorial Advisory Board
Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability, Member, Editorial Board