Zachary Karmiol

Research Scientist
Zach Karmiol

Contact Information


  • M.S., Materials Science & Engineering, University of Nevada Reno, 2014
  • B.S., Materials Science & Engineering, University of Nevada Reno, 2012


Zachary Karmiol is a Ph.D student in Material Science & Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he received both his BS and MS. His work has included catalyst synthesis for biofuel conversion, the refining of rare earth metals, and high temperature exposure and mechanical testing of structural steels for use in supercritical water environments. He has also been a finalist in multiple DOE sponsored FLoW Competitions, placed second in the Nevada Governor's Cup as Chief Operating Officer of Zerochrome, and has given a TEDx talk on nuclear energy.

Awards received

  • GURA Grant recipient 2011-2012
  • College of Engineering Dean's List, Fall 2011
  • NACE International Scholarship for Corrosion Research 2016
  • University of Nevada, Reno Chemical & Materials Engineering Professional Service Award 2016


  • "High yield production of levulinic acid by catalytic partial oxidation of cellulose in aqueous media" H. Lin, J. Strull, Y. Liu, Z. Karmiol, K. Plank, G. Miller, Z. Guo, L. Yang, Energy and Environmental Science, 2012, 5, 9773 - 9777
  • "Comparison of Performance and Oxidation of Nitronic-50 and Stainless Steel 316 in Subcritical and Supercritical Water Environments" Z. Karmiol, D. Chidambaram, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science, 2016, 5, 2498 - 2508
  • D. Rodriguez, A. Merwin, Z. Karmiol and D. Chidambaram, "Surface chemistry and corrosion behavior of Inconel 625 and 718 in subcritical, supercritical, and ultrasupercritical water", Applied Surface Science
  • S. Sitler, K. S. Raja, Z. Karmiol, and D. Chidambaram, "Self-ordering Dual-layered Honeycomb Nanotubular Titania: Enhanced Structural Stability and Energy Storage Capacity", Applied Surface Science