(Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
Dr. Sabrina Spatari is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the Technion, she was a faculty member at Drexel University. She received her BASc. and M.Sc. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University Toronto and the University of Michigan. She worked as a researcher at the General Motors Research Laboratory and later pursued her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto where her research focused on life cycle assessment (LCA) applied to sustainable transportation. She pursued post-doctoral research at UC Berkeley in the Energy and Resources Group, where her research shifted to use of LCA as a tool for guiding renewable energy policy. Over the last decade Dr. Spatari’s research has both applied and developed LCA methods to support renewable energy investment and policy decisions. Her research has examined pathways for converting sustainable sources of biomass to fuels, chemicals and polymers and composites as alternatives to use of petrochemicals. She has pioneered methods to evaluate the environmental impact of early-stage technology to support the development of green and sustainable chemical processes. She has authored over 75 peer-reviewed journal papers and more than 35 scholarly works as refereed conference papers, book chapters and invited monographs. Dr. Spatari is a subject editor for the journal, GCB Bioenergy, in the areas of LCA and industrial ecology. She serves as a co-leader of the working group on scale scale-up of mechanochemistry processes for the European Union’s COST Action on Mechanochemistry. There, she is collaborating on the use of LCA to understand the environmental impact and cost of scaling up mechanochemical processes, with a focus on the synthesis of medicinal chemicals. Dr. Spatari is a member of the International Society for Industrial Ecology and the American Chemical Society.