Faculty Directory
Jennifer Dunn

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

Associate Director, Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech L494
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-467-6285Email Jennifer Dunn



Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience

Center For Water Research


Chemical and Biological Engineering


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.  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. 

Jennifer is the Director of Research for the Northwestern-Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering (NAISE) and in that role works with faculty at Northwestern and scientists and engineers at Argonne in many areas including the energy-water nexus, materials science, high-performance computing, and synthetic biology.   She is especially interested in connecting Northwestern graduate and undergraduate students with research opportunities at Argonne – through federal agency- and Northwestern-sponsored opportunities - to expose them to the exciting national laboratory research environment.

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

    Dunn, J. B. “Biofuel and Bioproduct Environmental Sustainability Analysis.”  Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 2019 57: 88-93.

    Chen, Q., Dunn, J. B., Allen, D. T..  “Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Transportation Fuels from Shale Gas-Derived Natural Gas Liquids.”  Procedia CIRP 2019, 80: 346-351.

    Dunn, J. B., Biddy, M., Jones, S., Cai, H., Benavides, P. T., Markham, J., Tao, L., Tan, E., Kinchin, E., Davis, R., Dutta, A., Bearden, M., Clayton, C., Phillips, S., Rappé K., Lamers, P.  Environmental, Economic, and Scalability Considerations and Trends of Selected Fuel-Economy-Enhancing Biomass-Derived Blendstocks.  ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering2018, 6: 561-559.

    Dunn, J. B., Merz, D.,  Copenahver, K., Mueller, S. “Measured extent of agricultural expansion depends on analysis technique.”  Biofuels, Bioproducts, Biorefining2017,  11: 247-257.

    Rogers, J.N., Stokes, B., Dunn, J.B., Cai, H.,  Wu, M., Haq, H. Baumes.  “An Assessment of the Potential Products and Economic and Environmental Impacts Resulting from a Billion Ton Bioeconomy.”  Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biorefining2016.  doi: 10.1002/bbb.1728. 

    Benavides, P.T., Cronauer, D.C., Adom, Wang, Dunn, J. B..  “The influence of catalysts on biofuel life cycle analysis.”  Sustainable Materials and Technologies 2017, 11: 53-59. 

    Dunn, J.B., Gaines, L., Kelly, J. C., James, C., Gallagher, K. G. The significance of Li-ion batteries in electric vehicle life-cycle energy and emissions and recycling’s role in its reduction.  Energy and Environmental Science, 2015, 8: 158-16