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Cristina Negri

Division Director


Cristina Negri is the Director of the Environmental Science (EVS) Division. As the Director of a scientific Division of 70+ staff, her current interests are in leading the development and execution of its strategic programmatic direction inclusive of a diverse research portfolio in environmental sciences. In her more than 25 years as a scientist at Argonne, she conducted and directed laboratory to full-scale multidisciplinary projects developing technologies and concepts for environmental remediation and stewardship, including soil remediation and water treatment. She has researched sustainable technologies for urban and agricultural environmental improvement.

Cristina’s research to integrate bioenergy within working agricultural landscapes addresses the food, energy, water, and land nexus. Her work focuses on developing sustainable, multifunctional landscape concepts, which aim, by design, at the creation of ecosystems services. Her interests are in systems approaches where industrial ecology concepts are applied to water and land management and green infrastructure.

Cristina is a Fellow with CASE at the University of Chicago. She is also a Fellow of the Northwestern University—Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering. She earned her Dottore in Scienze Agrarie Degree (Agricultural Sciences) at the University of Milan in Milan, Italy.

Prior to joining Argonne, Cristina worked in private industry in Italy as a research and development manager and as a liaison with universities and other Italian national research organizations. Her research focused on developing methods for the sustainable, beneficial reuse of industrial and urban waste and for pollution mitigation in agriculture. She also served as the Convener of a CEN (the European Standardization Organization) Working Group, leading experts from European Union Nations toward the creation of European environmental standards for agricultural commodities.


University of Milan, Italy, 1981 (Dottore in Scienze Agrarie)

Awards, Honors, and Memberships

  • Member, Società Italiana di Scienze del Suolo, Italian Chapter of the ISSS
  • Member, Remediation Technologies Development Forum, U.S. EPA
  • Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Phytoremediation
  • Member, Society of Women Engineers

Publications and Patents

  • Urgun-Demirtas, M. C. Negri, M., P. Gillenwater, A. G. Agwu Nnanna and J. Yu. Meeting world’s most stringent Hg criterion: A pilot-study for the treatment of oil refinery wastewater using an ultrafiltration membrane process. J. Environmental Management, in press.
  • Urgun-Demirtas, M., P. Gillenwater, M. C. Negri, Y. Lin, S. Snyder, R. Doctor, L. Pierce and J. Alvarado (2013) Achieving the Great Lakes Initiative mercury limits in oil refinery effluent. Water Environ. Res. 85: 77-86, 2013.
  • Negri M.C., P. Gillenwater and M. Urgun-Demirtas (2012). Emerging technologies and approaches to minimize discharges into Lake Michigan. Phase 2 Module 4 Report. ANL/ESD/12-1, March 2012.
  • Urgun-Demirtas, M., P.L. Benda, P.S. Gillenwater, M. C. Negri, H Xiong and S.W. Snyder (2012) Achieving very low mercury levels in refinery wastewater by membrane filtration. Journal of Hazardous Materials 215-216: 98-107, 2012.
  • Gillenwater P. S., M. Urgun-Demirtas, M. C. Negri and Jorge Alvarado. Improving data quality on low level mercury wastewater analysis. J. Environ. Monit. 14: 27-29, 2012.
  • Gopalakrishnan G.; M.C. Negri, W.A. Salas, Modeling biogeochemical impacts of bioenergy buffers with perennial grasses for a row-crop field in Illinois”, Global Change Biology Bioenergy, 2012.
  • Gillenwater P. S., M. Urgun-Demirtas, M. C. Negri and S.W. Snyder. Comparative evaluation of As, Se and V removal technologies for the treatment of oil refinery wastewater. Water Science and Technology 65 (1): 112-118, 2011.
  • Gopalakrishnan G., M. C. Negri and S. W. Snyder. A novel framework to classify marginal Land for Sustainable Biomass Feedstock Production. J. Environ. Qual. 40: 1593-1600, 2011.
  • Gopalakrishnan G., M. C. Negri and S. W. Snyder.  Redesigning agricultural landscapes for sustainability using bioenergy crops: quantifying the tradeoffs between agriculture, energy and the environment. Aspects of Applied Biology 112, 2011-Biomass and Energy Crops IV.
  • M.C. Negri, P. Gillenwater and M. Urgun-Demirtas (2011). Emerging technologies and approaches to minimize discharges into Lake Michigan. Phase 2 Module 3 Report. ANL-11/13, April 19, 2011.
  • Dmitriev, V., D. Crowley, V. Rogachevsky, Vadim; C. Negri, T. Rusakova, S. Kolesnikova, L. Akhmetov. Microorganisms form exocellular structures, trophosomes, to facilitate biodegradation of oil in aqueous media. FEMS Microbiology Letters (DOI:10.1111/j.1574-6968.2010.02184.x), 2010.
  • Moradia, B. E. Dale, Seth W. Snyder (2010) An Attempt towards Simultaneous Biobased Solvent Based Extraction of Proteins and Enzymatic Saccharification of Cellulosic Materials from Distiller’s Grains and Solubles, Bioresource Technology, 101: 5444-5448, 2010.
  • Gopalakrishnan, G., M.C. Negri, M. Wang, M. Wu, S. Snyder, and L. LaFreniere (2009). Biofuels, land and water: a systems approach to sustainability. Environ. Sci. Technol. 43: 6094-6100, 2009.
  • Gopalakrishnan G., C. J. Werth and M.C. Negri. Mass recovery methods for trichloroethylene in plant tissue. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 2009 Vol. 28 (6): 1185-1190, 2009.
  • Purdue Water Institute-Argonne Task Force (2008). Emerging Technologies and Approaches to Minimize Discharges into Lake Michigan, Task 2 Report prepared for BP North America. July 3, 2008.
  • Gopalakhrishnan G, M.C. Negri, B.S. Minsker and C.J. Werth. Monitoring Subsurface Contamination Using Tree Branches. Groundwater Monitoring and Remediation 27 (1) pp. 65-74, 2007.
  • LaFreniere, L.M., Negri, M.C., Sedivy, R.A., Yan, Y.E., Steck, D., Gilmore, S.M., Kulakow, P., Hutchinson, S., and Erickson, L., Integrating Phytoremediation, Wetlands, Spray Irrigation, and Prairie Restoration to Treat Carbon Tetrachloride Contamination in a Rural Community,” pp. 367-388 in Proceedings of the 29th Arctic and Marine Oilspill (AMOP) Technical Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 6-8, 2006.
  • Quinn J.J., M.C. Negri, R.R. Hinchman, L.M. Moos, J.B. Wozniak and E. G. Gatliff. Predicting the Effect of Deep-Rooted Hybrid Poplars on the Groundwater Flow System at a Large-Scale Phytoremediation Site. Int. Journal of Phytoremediation 3(1): 41-60, 2001.
  • Kaminski M.D., L. Nunez, M. Pourfarzaneh, and M.C. Negri. Cesium Separation from Contaminated Milk Using Magnetic Particles Containing Crystalline Silicotitanates, Separation and Purification Technology 18 (3), 2000.
  • Negri, M.C., C.A. Swift, D. Carfagno, and R.A. Neff, Selective Removal of Plutonium-238 From a Canal Sediment Using a Carbonate-Chelant Soil Washing Technology, J. Hazardous Materials, 66, 99:118, 1999.