Jennifer Dunn

Jennifer B. Dunn

Biofuel Life Cycle Analysis Team Lead and Environmental Analyst
- Energy Systems

Jennifer Dunn is a chemical engineer examining the cradle-to-grave energy and environmental implications of the production and use of transportation fuels and technologies. She leads the biofuels life cycle analysis team and examines the life cycle impacts of automotive lithium ion batteries. Dunn identifies the key factors driving environmental effects, such as greenhouse gas emissions, of these technologies. She then identifies possible burden shifting of environmental effects from one life cycle phase to another. Much of Dunn’s work is incorporated into Argonne’s Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation (GREETTM) model, which has more than 20,000 users worldwide. 

Before joining Argonne in 2010, Dunn spent two years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at the interface of science and policy in the Air and Radiation Division. She then worked at URS Corporation as an environmental consultant in air quality and sustainability, including life cycle analysis. While at URS, Dunn spent a year at the company’s Brussels office gaining a European perspective on environmental management and sustainability.

Awards, Honors and Memberships

  • URS Pyramid Award, 2009
  • U.S. EPA Region 5 Bronze Metal for Commendable Service, 2008
  • U.S. EPA Science to Achieve Results Graduate Fellowship, 2003–2004
  • Joseph Breen Memorial Fellowship in Green Chemistry, 2002–2003

Publications and Patents

  • J. B. Dunn, S. Mueller, H. Kwon, M. Wang. “Land-use change and greenhouse gas emissions from corn and cellulosic ethanol.” Biotechnology for Biofuels, 2013, 6: 51.
  • H. Kwon, S. Mueller, J. B. Dunn, M. M. Wander. “Modeling state-level soil carbon emission factors under various scenarios for direct land use change associated with United States biofuel feedstock production.” Biomass and Bioenergy, 2013, doi: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2013.02.021
  • J. Han, A. Elgowainy, J. B. Dunn, M. Q. Wang. “Life cycle analysis of fuel production from fast pyrolysis of biomass.” Bioresource Technology, 2013, 133: 421–428.
  • L. Li, J. B. Dunn, X. X. Zhang, L. Gaines, R. J. Chen, F. Wu, K. Amine. “Recovery of metals from spent lithium-ion batteries with organic acids as leaching reagents and environmental assessment.” Journal of Power Sources, 2013, 233: 180–189.
  • M. Wang, J. Han, J. B. Dunn, H. Cai, A. Elgowainy. “Well-to-wheels energy use and greenhouse gas emissions of ethanol from corn, sugarcane, and cellulosic biomass for US use.”  Environmental Research Letters, 2012, 7: 045905.
  • J. B. Dunn, S. Mueller, M. Wang, J. Han. “Energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from enzyme and yeast manufacture for corn and cellulosic ethanol production.”  Biotechnology Letters, 2012, 34: 2259–2263.
  • J. B. Dunn, L. Gaines, J. Sullivan, M. Q. Wang. “The Impact of Recycling on Cradle-to-Gate Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Automotive Lithium-Ion Batteries.” Environmental Science and Technology, 2012, 46:12704–12710.
  • J. B. Dunn, L. Gaines, M. Barnes, M. Wang, J. Sullivan. “Material and Energy Flows in the materials production, assembly, and end-of-life stages of the automotive lithium-ion battery life cycle.” Argonne National Laboratory Report ANL/ESD/12-3, 2012.
  • S. Mueller, J. B. Dunn, M. Wang. “Carbon Calculator for Land Use Change from Biofuels Production (CCLUB) Users’ Manual and Technical Documentation.” Argonne National Laboratory Report ANL/ESD/12-5, 2012.
  • A. Burnham, J. Han, C. E. Clark, M. Wang, J. B. Dunn, I. Palou-Rivera. “Life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions of shale gas, natural gas, coal, and petroleum.” Environmental Science and Technology, 2011, 46: 619–627.

Selected Professional Activities

  • Vice Operating Agent of Task 19 (Electric Vehicle Life Cycle Assessment) of the International Energy Agency’s Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Implementing Agreement, 2013–present
  • Editorial advisory board, Biotechnology Letters, 2012–present
  • Editorial advisory board, Environmental Management, 2007–2010
  • Member, International Society for Industrial Ecology