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Kiril Hristovski

Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 4.08.05 PMKiril D. Hristovski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Engineering and Environmental & Resource Management Programs

7171 E. Sonoran Arroyo Mall
Peralta Hall, 330A (map)
Mail Code: 2880

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ExpertiseEnvironmental applications and implications of nanomaterials, water/wastewater treatment, solid and hazardous waste, environmental and emergency management


Kiril D. Hristovski is an associate professor of Environmental Engineering and Management in the Polytechnic School at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus, and is affiliated with ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability as a Senior Sustainability Scientist. Hristovski is also a member of the Humanitarian Engineering and GlobalResolve faculty at the Polytechnic campus, and a graduate faculty member in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Hristovski serves in the leadership of the Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security at Arizona State University as a liaison for international collaboration.

Poly-ETM-0133a (1)Hristovski’s interests focus on environmental applications and implications of nanotechnology, water/wastewater treatment, solid and hazardous waste management, environmental challenges in the developing world, and environmental engineering/homeland security nexus issues with emphasis on topics related to international emergency management. Hristovski teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in environmental engineering and management related to hazardous materials and waste, solid waste, water and wastewater treatment technologies, and unit treatment technologies. He also serves as the PI  for the Environmental Technology Laboratory located on the Polytechnic Campus.

Hristovski is a Fulbright Fellow with an extensive publication record of over 50 peer-reviewed articles and over 60 conference papers and presentations. His scholarship portfolio includes service as a PI/co-PI on over 20 federally, state, and industry projects. He is an editorial board member of Elsevier’s Environmental Nanotechnology, Monitoring, and Management Journal. Hristovski is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Society for Engineering Education, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, and Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization.

On a personal note, Hristovski considers himself proudly owned by a Golden Retriever named Sasha, a German Shepherd named Toby and three felines named Minky, Timmy and Tiger-Lilly.

Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Arizona State University, 2007
M.S. Technology (Environmental), Arizona State University, 2003
B.Sc. Chemical Engineering, University of Saints Cyril and Methody, Skopje, Macedonia, 1998

Recipient of College of Technology and Innovation’s Faculty Excellence Award for Scholarly and Creative Activities, 2014
Fulbright Scholar, Fulbright Specialist Program, City of Panama, Panama, 2012
Recipient of College of Technology and Innovation’s Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, 2011-2012
Recipient of Scholarship Award by the Association of Environmental Professionals of Arizona, 2006
Recipient of the Departmental Outstanding Graduate Student Award, 2003
Recipient of Presidential Academic Award presented by the United States President, Mr. Bush, Sr., 1991

Academic Affiliations
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University

International Collaboration Liaison, Center for Excellence in Emergency Management and Homeland Security, College of Public Programs, Arizona State University

Global Resolve Faculty Member, Arizona State University

Honors Faculty, Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University


Yang, Y. Wang, Y., Hristovski, K., Westerhoff, P. (2014) Simultaneous Removal of Nanosilver and Fullerene in Sequencing Batch Reactors for Biological Wastewater Treatment, Chemosphere (Accepted)

Hristovski, K., Olson, L. (2014) Implications for Regulating Nanomaterial Containing Wastes: Hazardous Waste or Not, that is the Question? Journal of Hazardous, Toxic and Radioactive Waste – ASCE (Accepted).

Barry, M.,; Hristovski, K.; Westerhoff, P. (2014) Membrane Fouling by Vesicles and Prevention through Ozonation, Environmental Science and Technology, 48, 7349-7356.

Reed, R., Faust, J., Yang, Y., Doudrick, K., Capco, D., Hristovski, K., Westerhoff, P. (2014) Characterization of nanomaterials in dietary supplement drinks and assessment of biological interactions across their life cycle, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2, 1616-1624.

Yang, Y., Bi, X., Westerhoff, P., Hristovski, K., McLain, J.E. (2014) Engineered Nanomaterials either Inhibit or Improve Biological Carbon Conversion in Soils, Environmental Engineering Science, 31, 381-392.

Beebe, S.R.H, Switalski, A.B., Bateman, H.L., Hristovski, K.D., (2014) Burrowing owl (Athene Cunicularia) habitat association in agriculture fields and along canal trails in Phoenix, Arizona, Journal of the Arizona Nevada Academy of Science (Accepted).

Yang, Y., Doudrick, K., Bi, X., Hristovski, K., Herckes, P., Westerhoff, P., Kaegi, R., (2014) Characterization of Food-Grade Titanium Dioxide: Presence of Nano-Size Particles, Environmental Science and Technology, 48, 6391-6400.

Barry, M., Hristovski, K., Westerhoff, P. (2014) Promoting Hydroxyl Radical Production during Ozonation of Municipal Wastewater, Ozone: Science and Engineering Journal 36, 229-237.

Yang, Y., Wang, Y., Westerhoff, P., Hristovski, K., Jin, V.L., Johnson, M.V., Arnold, J.G., (2014) Metal and Nanoparticle Occurrence in Biosolids-Amended Soils, Science of the Total Environment, 485-486, 441-449.

Flanigan, D., Sandoval, R., Bridgers, K, Hristovski, K. (2013) Bolaform Amphiphile Modified Granular Activated Carbon Media for Removal of Strong Acid Oxo-Anions from Water: Nitrate, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering 1 (4), 1188-1193.

Bliss, M., Hristovski, K., Ulrich, J. (2013) Compliance of Community Hospitals with the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) in the Western United States, Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 10, (2), 1-13.

Chiu, C., Hristovski, K, Dockery, R., Doudrick, K., Westerhoff, P. (2013). Modeling Temperature and Reaction Time Impacts on Hematite Nanoparticle Size during Forced Hydrolysis of Ferric Chloride, Chemical Engineering Journal, 210, 357-362.

Doudrick, K., Ting, H., Hristovski, K., Westerhoff, P. (2013) Photocatalytic nitrate reduction in water: Managing the hole scavenger and reaction by-product selectivity, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 47 (4), 40-47.

Silva, R.G., Nadagouda, M.N., Webster, J., Govindaswamy, S., Hristovski, K.D., Ford, R.G., Patterson, C., Impellitteri C.A. (2013) Examining the Efficiency of Muffle Furnace-Induced Alkaline Hydrolysis in Determining the Titanium Content of Environmental Samples Containing Engineered Titanium Dioxide Particles. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts 15, 645-652.

Westerhoff, P., Kiser, M.A., Hristovski, K. (2013) Nanomaterial Removal and Transformation During Biological Wastewater Treatment, Environmental Engineering Science, 30 (3), 109-117.

Doudrick, K., Monzón, O. Mangonon, A., Hristovski, K., Westerhoff, P.  (2012). Selective Reduction of Nitrate to Dinitrogen in Groundwater Utilizing Commercial Titanium Dioxide Photocatalysts. Journal of Environmental Engineering-ASCE, 132, 851-862.

Hristovski K. (2012). Scientific Challenges of Nanomaterial Risk Assessment, Jurimetrics, 52 (3), 359-370

Forouhar A., Hristovski, K. (2012).Characterization of the Municipal Solid Waste Stream in Kabul, Afghanistan. Habitat International, 36, 406-413.

Chiu, C., Hristovski, K., Huling, S., Westerhoff, P. (2012) In-Situ Regeneration of Saturated Granular Activated Carbon by an Iron Oxide Nanocatalyst, Water Research 47 (4), 1596-1603.

Kiser, A., Ladner, D., Hristovski, K., Westerhoff, P. (2012). Nanomaterial transformation and association with fresh and freeze-dried wastewater activated sludge: Implications for testing protocol and environmental fate, Environmental Science and Technology 46 (13), 7043-7053

Weir, A., Westerhoff, P.*, Fabricius, L., Hristovski, K., von Goetz, N. (2012). Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles in Food and Personal Care Products, Environmental Science and Technology, 46(4), 2242-2250.

Ladner, D.A., Steele, M.; Weir, A.; Hristovski, K., Westerhoff, P. (2012). Functionalized nanoparticle interactions with polymeric membranes. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 211, 288-295.

Wang, Y., Westerhoff, P., Hristovski, K. (2012) Fate and biological effects of silver, titanium dioxide, and C60 (fullerene)during simulated wastewater treatment processes Journal of Hazardous Materials, 201, 16-22.