Thomas Theis
University of Illinois - Chicago
CHICAGO, United States
Member ID 0086
Member since Nov 17, 2001
Status Active


Thomas L. Theis is Professor of Civil and Materials Engineering and Director of the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy (IESP) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. IESP focuses on the development of new cross-disciplinary research initiatives in the environmental area. He was previously at Clarkson University, where he was the Bayard D. Clarkson Professor and Director of the Center for Environmental Management. He is past editor of the Journal of Environmental Engineering, served on the Chartered Science Advisory Board of the USEPA from 2000-2009, and served as a Council Member of ISIE from 2007-2010. In 2000 he established the Environmental Manufacturing Management program, the first Integrative Graduate Education Research and Training grant on industrial ecology funded by the National Science Foundation.


Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, Dissertation title: “The Stabilization of Ferrous Iron by Natural Organic Compounds in Oxygen-Rich Environments” Advisor: Dr. Philip C. Singer
Representative Publications
Bozeman, J., W. Ashton, and T.L. Theis (2019). “Distinguishing Environmental Impacts of Household Food-Spending Patterns Among U.S. Demographic Groups, Environmental Engineering Science, 36 (7).
Bozeman, J. F., Bozeman, R., and T.L. Theis (2019). “Overcoming climate change adaptation barriers: A study on food–energy–water impacts of the average American diet by demographic group” Journal of Industrial Ecology DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12859.
Ai, N., M. Kjerland, C. Klein-Banai, and T. L. Theis (2019). “Sustainability assessment of universities as small-scale urban systems: A comparative analysis using Fisher Information and Data Envelopment Analysis”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 212, 1 March 2019, Pages 1357-1367.
Falinski, M. M.; Plata, D. L.; Chopra, S. S.; Theis, T. L.; Gilbertson, L. M.; Zimmerman, J. B. (2018) “Navigating nanomaterial space for performance, hazard, and cost: approaching more responsible nanomaterial selection and design”, Nature Nanotechnology DOI 10.1038/s41565-018-0120-4 .
Chopra, S., and T.L. Theis (2017). “Comparative Cradle-to-Gate Energy Assessment of Indium Phosphide and Cadmium Selenide Quantum Dot Displays”, Environ. Sci.: Nano, 4:244-254.

Research Interests

Areas of Interest include industrial ecology, material flow analysis, life cycle assessment the mathematical modeling and systems analysis of environmental processes, industrial pollution prevention, and the environmental chemistry of trace elements. Current projects focus on the circular economy.
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