Illinois Pollution Prevention Scientist

Nandakishore RajagopalanISTC Associate Director Nandakishore Rajagopalan is the Illinois Pollution Prevention Scientist.

This designation was established in August 2013 by the Illinois General Assembly to serve as the authoritative spokesperson on matters of pollution prevention fact and policy for the state. The Illinois Pollution Prevention Scientist also represents the state on national panels concerned with pollution prevention issues. 

Rajagopalan is an associate director at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, a division of Prairie Research Institute, where he oversees the Applied Research on Industrial and Environmental Systems (ARIES) group. He has over 30 years of experience in plant operations, green process development, separation technologies, and pollution prevention research.

An active researcher, Rajagopalan holds five U.S. patents and has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles. His research interests are in the integration of separations research to advance green process development with a special focus on membrane processes.