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Jennifer Dunn

Associate 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 L494
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. Furthermore, she characterizes land use and land use change through collaborations with economic modelers and computer vision experts. 

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

  • 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).
  • 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).
  • Allen, David T.; Chen, Qining; Dunn, Jennifer B., Consistent Metrics Needed for Quantifying Methane Emissions from Upstream Oil and Gas Operations, Environmental Science and Technology Letters 8(4):345-349.
  • Danielson, Nathan; McKay, Sarah; Bloom, Paul; Dunn, Jennifer; Jakel, Neal; Bauer, Timothy; Hannon, John; Jewett, Michael C.; Shanks, Brent, Industrial Biotechnology - An Industry at an Inflection Point, Industrial Biotechnology 16(6):321-332.
  • Dunn, Jennifer B.; Newes, Emily; Cai, Hao; Zhang, Yimin; Brooker, Aaron; Ou, Longwen; Mundt, Nicole; Bhatt, Arpit; Peterson, Steve; Biddy, Mary, Energy, economic, and environmental benefits assessment of co-optimized engines and bio-blendstocks, Energy and Environmental Science 13(8):2262-2274.
  • Ledo, Alicia; Hillier, Jonathan; Smith, Pete; Aguilera, Eduardo; Blagodatskiy, Sergey; Brearley, Francis Q.; Datta, Ashim; Diaz-Pines, Eugenio; Don, Axel; Dondini, Marta; Dunn, Jennifer Marie; Feliciano, Diana Marisa; Liebig, Mark A.; Lang, Rong; Llorente, Mireia; Zinn, Yuri Lopes; McNamara, Niall; Ogle, Stephen; Qin, Zhangcai; Rovira, Pere; Rowe, Rebecca; Vicente-Vicente, José Luis; Whitaker, Jeanette; Yue, Qian; Zerihun, Ayalsew, A global, empirical, harmonised dataset of soil organic carbon changes under perennial crops, Scientific Data 6(1).
  • Ou, Longwen; Cai, Hao; Seong, Hee Je; Longman, Douglas E.; Dunn, Jennifer B.; Storey, John M.E.; Toops, Todd J.; Pihl, Josh A.; Biddy, Mary; Thornton, Matthew, Co-optimization of Heavy-Duty Fuels and Engines, Environmental Science and Technology 53(21):12904-12913.
  • Chen, Qining; Dunn, Jennifer B.; Allen, David T., Aggregation and Allocation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Oil and Gas Production, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering 7(20):17065-17073.