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Anna Zhenova

Ph.D. Student

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I'm Anna Zhenova.

 

I'm a green chemist with a passion for the innovative side of sustainable industry. I'm currently pursuing my Ph.D. at the University of York's Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, which works with interested companies to develop practical green chemistry solutions. I have lab experience in organic/inorganic synthesis and catalysis, as well as materials formulation, purification, and analysis. On the desk side of things, I've worked with the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council to help their members adopt green chemistry practices, learning a lot about industry needs through collaborative projects. 

Anna Zhenova

Ph.D. Student
University of York

RESEARCH
 
EDUCATION
 
MARCH 2016 - PRESENT

Ph.D. Student

NOV 2012 - MAY 2014

Graduate Research Assistant

OCT 2009 - JUNE 2011

Undergraduate Research Assistant

JUNE - SEP 2011

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow

JUNE - AUG 2009

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence

Developing bio-derived alternative solvents for greener chemical processes, using a combination of computational modeling and experimental work.
Intelligent Approach to Solvent Substitution (ChemSusChem 2016)

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

Washburn Lab

Developed eutectic combinations of ionic liquids for use in selective post-combustion capture of carbon dioxide. Worked in conjunction with the DOE National Energy Technology Lab and the University of Pittsburgh.

Eutectic ionic liquid mixtures and their effect on CO2 solubility and conductivity (RSC Adv. 2015)

Ultrafast Structure and Dynamics in Ionic Liquids (J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2014)

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Grubbs Group

Explored dinuclear cobalt complexes in search of environmentally benign Markovnikov hydration catalyst.

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

Johnson Lab

Synthesized self-assembling monolayer on mesoporous supports (SAMMS) using silica-supported beta-cyclodextrin. Host-guest capabilities and hydrophilic properties of cyclodextrin effected recyclable sorbent material for cleaning pollutants from water.

MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Cummins Group

Synthesized novel titanium catalysts for inexpensive reduction of carbon dioxide.

2016-present

Ph.D.

Chemistry

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

Coursework in green chemistry, solvent selection and assessment

2012-2014

Master of Science

Chemistry

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

Coursework in environmental chemistry, sustainable engineering, organometallic catalysis, life cycle analysis

2008-2012

Bachelor of Science

Chemistry

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Coursework in synthetic and analytical techniques, inorganic chemistry, organometallic catalysis, advanced spectroscopy

WORK
 
2016 - 2017

Intern

GLOBAL GREEN CHEMISTRY CENTRES

Managed web presence and social media strategy. Assisted in planning and marketing of annual symposia in China and Australia.

2014 - 2016

Green Chemist

GREEN CHEMISTRY & COMMERCE COUNCIL

Combined sustainability and chemistry to drive projects related to advancing and mainstreaming green chemistry in industry. Key projects included an innovation portal to accelerate green chemistry research, a collaborative effort for safer preservatives in personal care products, an internship program for STEM students, and an educational curriculum for professionals.

 
VOLUNTEER
2017 - 2018

Co-Chair

GREENSTEMS

Led sustainable science group to organize seminars, foster connections between sustainability researchers, and educate the public about the benefits of green research and innovation.

2014 - 2015

Communications Director

NETWORK OF EARLY-CAREER SUSTAINABLE SCIENTISTS & ENGINEERS

Coordinated scientific communication and outreach efforts for international community of early-career scientists. Managed team of volunteer blog authors and communicators. Participated in strategic development and planning as part of executive board.

SKILLS
 

Synthesis and catalysis

Analysis: NMR, UV-Vis, IR, GC, MS

Thermal characterization: DSC, TGA

HSPiP and CosmoTherm

Project management

Russian (fluent)

Hansen Solubility Parameters

Microsoft Office, iWork, LaTeX

Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

MATLAB, Mathematica, Python

Life cycle analysis

Mandarin (learning)

PUBLICATIONS
 
Ultrafast Structure and Dynamics in Ionic Liquids: 2D-IR Spectroscopy Probes the Molecular Origin of Viscosity

Z. Ren, A.S. Ivanova, D. Couchot-Vore, S. Garrett-Roe, J. Phys. Chem. Lett.20145 (9), 1541–1546.

Intelligent Approach to Solvent Substitution: The Identification of a New Class of Levoglucosenone Derivatives

A. Alves Costa Pacheco, J. Sherwood, A. Zhenova, C. R. McElroy, A. J. Hunt, H. L. Parker, T. J. Farmer, A. Constantinou, M. De bruyn, A. C. Whitwood, W. Raverty, J. H. Clark, ChemSusChem, 20169, 3503

Eutectic ionic liquid mixtures and their effect on CO2 solubility and conductivity

A. S. Ivanova, T. Brinzer,  E. A. Roth, V. A. Kusuma, J. D. Watkins, X. Zhou, D. Luebke, D. Hopkinson, N. R. Washburn, S. Garrett-Roe, H. B. Nulwala, RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 51407-51412 

Intelligent Approach to Solvent Substitution: The Identification of a New Class of Levoglucosenone Derivatives

A. Alves Costa Pacheco, J. Sherwood, A. Zhenova, C. R. McElroy, A. J. Hunt, H. L. Parker, T. J. Farmer, A. Constantinou, M. De bruyn, A. C. Whitwood, W. Raverty, J. H. Clark, ChemSusChem, 20169, 3503

Eutectic Ionic Liquid Mixtures and Their Effect on CO₂ Solubility and Conductivity

A. S. Ivanova, T. Brinzer,  E. A. Roth, V. A. Kusuma, J. D. Watkins, X. Zhou, D. Luebke, D. Hopkinson, N. R. Washburn, S. Garrett-Roe, H. B. Nulwala, RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 51407-51412 

Ultrafast Structure and Dynamics in Ionic Liquids: 2D-IR Spectroscopy Probes the Molecular Origin of Viscosity

Z. Ren, A.S. Ivanova, D. Couchot-Vore, S. Garrett-Roe, J. Phys. Chem. Lett.20145 (9), 1541–1546.

PRESENTATIONS
 
June 2018
 
June 2018
September 2017
June 2017
April 2017
 
October 2015
 
July 2015
 
May 2015
 
April 2015
March 2015
 
June 2014

Green Solvents and Their Role in a More Sustainable Future. NESSE and Beyond Benign Webinar. Invited oral presentation. 

Cyrene and Its Derivatives: Applications of a Novel Dipolar Aprotic Solvent. ACS Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference. Invited oral presentation.

Applications of a Novel Dipolar Aprotic Solvent. EUCheMS Congress on Green and Sustainable Chemistry. Oral presentation. 

Intelligent Approach to Solvent Substitution. Faraday Discussion on Bioresources. Poster presentation.

Intelligent Approach to Solvent Substitution. HSP50 Conference. Poster presentation.

Connecting to Excellence: The Green Chemistry Innovation Portal. Webinar. Oral presentation.
 
Green Chemistry & Commerce Council: Business Mainstreaming Green Chemistry.
ACS GC&E Conference. Poster presentation.
 
Green Chemistry in Industry. 
Green Chemistry Applied in Industry Symposium, University of Toronto. Invited oral presentation.
 
Green Chemistry Innovation Portal.
GC3 Innovators Roundtable. Oral presentation. 

NESSE’s Student-Led Green Chemistry Initiatives. NESSE and Beyond Benign Webinar. Invited oral presentation. 
 
Tuning Properties of Short-Chain Ionic Liquid Mixtures.
ACS GC&E Conference. Poster presentation.

AWARDS
 
June 2018
May 2018
July 2017
June 2017
March 2016
July 2014
June 2011
July 2010
June 2010
 
June 2009

Kathleen Mary Stott Prize for Meritorious Performance in Research

Yale-UNIDO Tell A Story About Green Chemistry Competition Winner

Society of Chemical Industry Scholarship

 


Faraday Discussion Poster Prize

 


Wild Fund Graduate Scholarship

 


NSF Scholar (ACS Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference)

 


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (University of Oregon)

 


Gordon Conference Student Fellow

 


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (Caltech)

 


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (MIT)