Strategic Advisor, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
Strategic Advisor, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing


Dr. David Gotthold joined Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) in 2011 to focus on manufacturing challenges to accelerate advanced technology commercialization. He has a BS in Materials Science from MIT and a MS and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He has over 40 published papers and five granted patents.

David has spent the last 20 years developing improved manufacturing technologies to enable the transition of advanced materials from research to production. Prior to joining PNNL, David worked at Veeco Instruments where he led the engineering development and focused on scaling chemical vapor and thermal deposition technologies for gallium nitride (GaN) power electronics, organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) solar cells and multi-ferroic oxides. In the Advanced Materials and Processing group within the Energy and Environment Directorate (EED) at PNNL, David focuses his efforts on understanding and overcoming issues related to transitioning new materials technologies from the laboratory to production. His recent research focuses on advanced lithium-ion batteries, hierarchical membranes for water separations, advanced composites for hydrogen storage, and data analytics for large scale transportation systems. He also represents the vehicle technologies research done for the Department of Energy (DOE), including work in lightweight materials, advanced batteries, catalysts for emissions control systems, and data analytics. He recently finished a two-year assignment working for the Vehicle Technologies Office supporting the lightweight materials program, where he helped develop a new lightweight metals core program and updated the materials program targets beyond 2025.

Research Interest

The development of a range of manufacturing ready thin-film technologies, OLEDS for next generation lighting, advanced membranes for water separations, and electrode materials for fuel cells.


  • PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2000
  • MS in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1997
  • BS in Materials Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994




  • Zang Y., A. Peek, Y. Shin, D.W. Gotthold, and B. Hinds. 2021. "Catalytic reduction of graphene oxide membranes and water selective channel formation in water-alcohol separations."Membranes 11, no. 5:317. PNNL-SA-157058. doi:10.3390/membranes11050317


  • Nguyen B., D.R. Merkel, K.I. Johnson, D.W. Gotthold, K.L. Simmons, and H. Roh. 2020. "Modeling The Effects of Loading Scenario and Thermal Expansion Coefficient on Potential Failure of Cryo-compressed Hydrogen Vessels."International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 45, no. 46:24883-24894. PNNL-SA-146107. doi:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2019.09.200


  • Shin Y., M.N. Taufique, R. Devanathan, E.C. Cutsforth, J. Lee, W. Liu, and L.S. Fifield, et al. 2019. "Highly Selective Supported Graphene Oxide Membranes for Water-Ethanol Separation."Scientific Reports 9, no. 1:Article No. 2251. PNNL-SA-130472. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-38485-y


  • Johnson K.I., M.J. Veenstra, D.W. Gotthold, K.L. Simmons, K.J. Alvine, B. Hobein, and D. Houston, et al. 2017. "Advancements and Opportunities for On-board 700 bar Compressed Hydrogen Tanks in the Progression towards the Commercialization of Fuel Cell Vehicles." AE International Journal of Alternative Powertrains 6, no. 2:201-218. PNNL-SA-122239. doi:10.4271/2017-01-1183


  • Devanathan R., D.G. Chase-Woods, Y. Shin, and D.W. Gotthold. 2016. "Molecular Dynamics Simulations Reveal that Water Diffusion between Graphene Oxide Layers is Slow."Scientific Reports 6. PNNL-SA-117768. doi:10.1038/srep29484
  • Fifield L.S., Y. Shin, W. Liu, and D.W. Gotthold. 2016. "Scalable Production Method for Graphene Oxide Water Vapor Separation Membranes."MRS Advances 1, no. 28:2091-2098. PNNL-SA-117497. doi:10.1557/adv.2016.485
  • Gotthold D.W., N. Browning, E. Jensen, A.G. Joly, and N.L. Canfield. 2016. Optically Stimulated Luminescence Based Optical Data Storage. PNNL-27989. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Nune S.K., D. Lao, D.J. Heldebrant, J. Liu, M.J. Olszta, R.K. Kukkadapu, and L.M. Gordon, et al. 2016. "Anomalous Water Expulsion from Carbon-Based Rods at High Humidity."Nature Nanotechnology 11, no. 9:791-797. PNNL-SA-112991. doi:10.1038/nnano.2016.91
  • Schwenzer B., T.C. Kaspar, Y. Shin, and D.W. Gotthold. 2016. "Spectroscopic study of graphene oxide membranes exposed to ultraviolet light."Journal of Physical Chemistry C 120, no. 23:12559-12567. PNNL-SA-116704. doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b03033
  • Shin Y., W. Liu, B. Schwenzer, S. Manandhar, D.G. Chase-Woods, M.H. Engelhard, and R. Devanathan, et al. 2016. "Graphene oxide membranes with high permeability and selectivity for dehumidification of air."Carbon 106. PNNL-SA-112915. doi:10.1016/j.carbon.2016.05.023


  • Blochwitz-Nimoth J., A. Bhandari, D. Boesch, C.R. Fincher, D.J. Gaspar, D.W. Gotthold, and M.T. Greiner, et al. 2015. OLED Fundamentals: Materials, Devices, and Processing of Organic Light-Emitting Diodes. Boca Raton, Florida:CRC Press/Taylor and Francis Group. PNNL-SA-106310.
  • Sevigny G.J., R.K. Motkuri, D.W. Gotthold, L.S. Fifield, A.P. Frost, and W. Bratton. 2015. Separation of tritiated water using graphene oxide membrane. PNNL-24411. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.