Associate Director Named State Pollution Prevention Scientist

RajagopalanNandakishore Rajagopalan has been appointed the Illinois Pollution Prevention Scientist.

The new 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. The appointment was announced on Nov. 22 by Prairie Research Institute Executive Director William Shilts.

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 20 years of experience in plant operations, green process development, separation technologies, and pollution prevention research.

An active researcher, Rajagopalan holds three U.S. patents and has authored more than 30 peerreviewed journal articles. His research interests involve the integration of separations research to advance green process development with a special focus on membrane processes.