EBI Personnel Directory Toste, Dean

Biomass Depolymerization

Dean Toste




Dr. Dean Toste is a member of the EBI Executive Committee. He is also a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2002. He is also Faculty Scientist in the Chemical Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Dr. Toste’s research focus is organic and organometallic chemistry and their use in the development of new synthetic methods, selective catalysts and strategies for the synthesis of natural products. In the EBI, he is principal investigator in the program “Development of Novel Catalysts,” which is focused on identifying and optimizing new catalytic chemical reactions that allow for selective transformation of biomass-derived cellulose and lignin into fuels and chemicals.

Among his many awards and honors, Dr. Toste received the National Science Foundation’s Career Award in 2005, the Elias J. Corey Award of the American Chemical Society in 2008, and the Mukaiyama Award of the Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry in Japan in 2011. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a B.S. and Masters Degree graduate of the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. graduate in organic chemistry from Stanford University.



Development Of Novel Catalysts

Catalysts must be developed that facilitate selective conversion of all biomass components including carbohydrates (cellulose and starch), hemicellulose (and associated C5 platform carbohydrates), lignin, proteins, and oils to useful products. The focus of this program is to identify and optimize new catalytic reactions that allow for selective transformation of renewable biomass-derived cellulose and lignin.