Faculty Directory
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

Download CV


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

  • Trost, Jenna N.; Dunn, Jennifer B., Assessing the feasibility of the Inflation Reduction Act’s EV critical mineral targets, Nature Sustainability (2023).
  • Singh, Udayan; Algren, Mikaela; Schoeneberger, Carrie; Lavallais, Chayse; O'Connell, Margaret G.; Oke, Doris; Liang, Chao; Das, Sabyasachi; Salas, Santiago D.; Dunn, Jennifer B., Technological avenues and market mechanisms to accelerate methane and nitrous oxide emissions reductions, iScience (2022).
  • Liang, Chao; Gracida-Alvarez, Ulises R.; Hawkins, Troy R.; Dunn, Jennifer B., Life-Cycle Assessment of Biochemicals with Clear Near-Term Market Potential, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering (2023).
  • Zhang, Jinrui; Liang, Chao; Dunn, Jennifer B., Graphite Flows in the U.S., Environmental Science and Technology (2023).
  • Sullivan, Gwyneth A.; Petit, Hayley J.; Reiter, Audra J.; Westrick, Jennifer C.; Hu, Andrew; Dunn, Jennifer Marie; Gulack, Brian C.; Shah, Ami N.; Dsida, Richard; Raval, Mehul V., Environmental Impact and Cost Savings of Operating Room Quality Improvement Initiatives, Journal of the American College of Surgeons (2023).
  • Das, Sabyasachi; Liang, Chao; Dunn, Jennifer B., Plastics to fuel or plastics, Waste Management (2022).
  • Das, Sabyasachi; O'Connell, Margaret G.; Xu, Hui; Bernstein, Roy; Kim, Jae Hong; Sankhala, Kirti; Segal-Peretz, Tamar; Shevate, Rahul; Zhang, Wei; Zhou, Xuechen; Darling, Seth B.; Dunn, Jennifer B., Assessing Advances in Anti-fouling Membranes to Improve Process Economics and Sustainability of Water Treatment, ACS ES and T Engineering (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).