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Matthew Scholz

Matthew Scholz

Research Professor, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory

Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
Arizona State University
PO Box 878209
Tempe, AZ 85287-8209


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Research Professor, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Senior Project Manager, Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance


Matt Scholz is a research professor in the Global Futures Lab and senior project manager for the Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance. He also serves as a co-managing director of the NSF-funded STEPS Science and Technology Center for phosphorus sustainability, where he co-manages stakeholder engagement for the Center.

Previously, he worked as a senior project manager for Walton Sustainability Solutions Service and as a senior research dcientist for The Sustainability Consortium. He completed a postdoc in the Department of Chemistry at Colorado School of Mines and a PhD at the University of Arizona, where his research focused on algal biofuels. He has worked in maize molecular genetics and holds an MS in environmental engineering from the University of Arizona.


  • PhD, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, University of Arizona, 2011
  • MS, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Arizona, 2001


Journal Articles


Dooley, K., V. Thakker, B. Bakshi, M. Scholz, F. Hafsa, G. Basile and R. Buch. 2022. A multi-disciplinary assessment of innovations to improve grocery bag circularity. Computer Aided Chemical Engineering 49:625-630. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-323-85159-6.50104-4. (link )


Scholz, M. 2017. Creating a circular economy for phosphorus fertilizers. Fertilizer Focus (Sep/Oct):35-41. (link )


Scholz, M. J., T. L. Weiss, R. E. Jinkerson, J. Jing, R. Roth, U. Goodenough, M. C. Posewitz and H. G. Gerken. 2014. Ultrastructure and composition of the Nannochloropsis gaditana cell wall. Eukaryotic Cell 13(11):1450-1464. DOI: 10.1128/EC.00183-14. (link )


Scholz, M. J., M. R. Riley and J. L. Cuello. 2013. Acid hydrolysis and fermentation of microalgal starches to ethanol by the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Biomass & Bioenergy 48:59-65. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2012.10.026. (link )

Work, V. H., F. K. Bentley, M. J. Scholz, R. E. Jinkerson and M. C. Posewitz. 2013. Biocommodities from photosynthetic microorganisms. Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy 32(4):989-1001. DOI: 10.1002/ep.11849. (link )


Scholz, M., T. Hoshino, D. Johnson, M. R. Riley and J. Cuello. 2011. Flocculation of wall-deficient cells of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii mutant cw15 by calcium and methanol. Biomass & Bioenergy 35(12):4835-4840. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2011.08.020. (link )


Doyle, S. E., M. J. Scholz, K. A. Greer, A. D. Hubbard, D. K. Darnell, P. B. Antin, S. E. Klewer and R. B. Runyan. 2006. Latrophilin-2 is a novel component of the epithelial-mesenchymal transition within the atrioventricular canal of the embryonic chicken heart. Developmental Dynamics 235(12):3213-3221. DOI: 10.1002/dvdy.20973. (link )



Scholz, M. J. 2016. Building a new alliance for phosphorus sustainability. Presentation at the SERA-17’s Annual Conference, November 2016, Phoenix, AZ.

Scholz, M. J. 2016. Improving product sustainability through consumer behavior and product design (panel lead). Presentation at the GreenBiz '16, 23-25 February 2016, Scottsdale, Arizona.


Scholz, M. J. 2014. Engaging the deep supply chain. Presentation at the Product Environmental Footprint World Summit, Sept 30-Oct 2, 2014, Berlin, Germany.


Scholz, M. J. 2011. Microbial biofuel cogeneration. Presentation at the Energy, Utilitty & Environment Conference, February 2011, Phoenix, Arizona.

Conference Papers


Scholz, M. J., D. Mathine, T. Hoda, R. Crawford and R. Runyan. 2004. A spectroscopic CMOS photodetector for use with a cell-based biosensor. Pp. 35-36 2004 Digest of the LEOS Summer Topical Meetings. Biophotonics/Optical Interconnects and VLSI Photonics/WBM Microcavities.



Raub, E., M. J. Scholz and R. L. Muenich. 2019. A Compendium of Regulated Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Manure Land Application Regulations. Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance. (link )

Scholz, M. J., E. Raub, N. Chan and R. L. Muenich. 2019. A Compendium of Biosolids Land Application Regulations. Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance. (link )