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Jennifer Dunn

Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and (by courtesy) Mechanical Engineering

Director, Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience

Associate Director, Northwestern-Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech E248
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-467-6285Email Jennifer Dunn


Dunn Lab


Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience

Center For Water Research



Chemical and Biological Engineering

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Ph.D.  Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan

M.S.E. Sustainable Chemical Engineering Systems, University of Michigan

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Purdue University

Research Interests

Jennifer Dunn studies emerging technologies, their energy and environmental impacts, and their potential to influence air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, and energy consumption at the economy-wide level. Particular technologies of interest include biofuels and bioproducts, automotive lithium-ion batteries, fuels and chemicals made from carbon capture and utilization technologies and from natural gas liquids, and resource recovery from wastewater. She applies life cycle analysis as a key tool to evaluate emerging technologies. 

Significant Professional Service

  • Member, National Academies Committee on Developing a Research Agenda for Utilization of Gaseous Carbon Waste Streams, 2017-2018
  • Associate Editor, SAE International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Energy, Environment, and Policy, 2019- present

Selected Publications

  • Wang, Minzi; Wander, Michelle; Mueller, Steffen; Martin, Nico; Dunn, Jennifer B., Evaluation of survey and remote sensing data products used to estimate land use change in the United States, Environmental Science and Policy (2022).
  • Oke, Doris; Dunn, Jennifer B.; Hawkins, Troy R., The contribution of biomass and waste resources to decarbonizing transportation and related energy and environmental effects, Sustainable Energy and Fuels (2022).
  • Schoeneberger, Carrie; Zhang, Jingyi; McMillan, Colin; Dunn, Jennifer B.; Masanet, Eric, Electrification potential of U.S. industrial boilers and assessment of the GHG emissions impact, Advances in Applied Energy (2022).
  • Bamana, Gabriel; Miller, Joshua D.; Young, Sera L.; Dunn, Jennifer B., Addressing the social life cycle inventory analysis data gap, One Earth (2021).
  • López-Tapia, Santiago; Ruiz, Pablo; Smith, Mitchell; Matthews, Jeffrey; Zercher, Bradley; Sydorenko, Liliana; Varia, Neelanshi; Jin, Yuanzhe; Wang, Minzi; Dunn, Jennifer B.; Katsaggelos, Aggelos K., Machine learning with high-resolution aerial imagery and data fusion to improve and automate the detection of wetlands, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation (2021).
  • Liang, Chao; Gracida-Alvarez, Ulises R.; Gallant, Ethan T.; Gillis, Paul A.; Marques, Yuri A.; Abramo, Graham P.; Hawkins, Troy R.; Dunn, Jennifer B., Material Flows of Polyurethane in the United States, Environmental Science and Technology (2021).
  • Qin, Zhangcai; Deng, Shiyu; Dunn, Jennifer; Smith, Pete; Sun, Wenjuan, Animal waste use and implications to agricultural greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, Environmental Research Letters 16(6) (2021).
  • Copenhaver, Ken; Hamada, Yuki; Mueller, Steffen; Dunn, Jennifer B., Examining the characteristics of the cropland data layer in the context of estimating land cover change, ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 10(5) (2021).