Julio Friedmann

Julio Friedmann, PhD

Chief Scientist

Direct Air Capture + Hydrogen + Biofuel

Dr. Julio Friedmann is Chief Scientist at Carbon Direct.

He works directly with clients, the Science team, and the leadership of Carbon Direct to solve major technical challenges around carbon management and CO2 removal.

Background & Bio

Dr. Friedmann recently served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy where he was responsible for DOE’s R&D program in advanced fossil energy systems, carbon capture, and storage (CCS), CO2 utilization, and clean coal deployment. More recently, he was a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia. He has held positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, including Chief Energy Technologist.

Dr. Friedmann is one of the most widely known and authoritative experts in the U.S. on carbon removal (CO2 drawdown from the air and oceans), CO2 conversion and use (carbon-to-value), hydrogen, industrial decarbonization, and carbon capture and sequestration.


Ph.D. in Geology

University of Southern California

MS, Geology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

BS, Music

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


Greenman award (Lifetime achievement in CCS)

International Energy Agency: IEA