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Kristopher McNeill | CV and Biography

Professor of Environmental Chemistry
ETH Zurich
Universitaetstrasse 16
CHN F 31.2
8092 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: + 41 44 632 47 55
Fax: +41 44 632 14 38

Birthdate: 26 June 1970
Birthplace: Tucson, AZ, USA

Postdoctoral Associate, 1997 - 1999
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

• Project Title: Effect of Methane Cycling in Lakes on the Fate of Organic Pollutants

• Advisor: Professor Philip M. Gschwend

Ph.D., Chemistry, 1992 - 1997
University of California, Berkeley, CA

• Thesis Title: Mechanistic Studies of beta-Methyl Elimination at Ruthenium(II) and the Reduction of Nitric Oxide by Zirconium(II)

• Thesis Advisors: Professors Robert G. Bergman and Richard A. Andersen

B. A., Chemistry, 1988 - 1992
Reed College, Portland, OR

• Thesis Title: Dimethylbipyrazinium and Chromium(II): Experimental and Theoretical Studies

• Thesis Advisor: Professor Thomas G. Dunne


Primary appointments
Professor of Environmental Chemistry (2009 - present)
ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Associate Professor of Chemistry (2006 - 2009)
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA


Assistant Professor of Chemistry (2000 - 2006)
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA


Other appointments
Member of the Graduate Faculty in Water Resources Science (2001 - 2009)
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA

Visiting Professor (2007)
Stanford University, USA

AAAS Fellow (2017) • Kappe Lecturer (inaugural), Penn State (2017) •  Super Reviewer Award, Environmental Science & Technology (2015) •  Erudite Scholar-in-Residence, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India (2012) • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2011) • University of Minnesota Academy of Distinguished Teachers (2008) • Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, Univ. Minnesota (2008) • Excellence in Review Award, Environmental Science & Technology (2007) • McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, Univ. Minnesota (2004-2006) • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, Univ. of Calif., Berkeley (1993).


Mechanisms of chemical reactions in aquatic environments:
• Photochemical production of reactive oxygen species
• Emerging contaminant degradation
• Photochemistry of proteins, peptides and amino acids
• Biodegradable polymers

Link to Google Scholar

Kris McNeill received his B.A. in Chemistry from Reed College (Portland, Oregon) in 1992 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1997.  At Berkeley, he was co-advised by Professors Robert Bergman and Richard Andersen. Following his PhD, he switched his research focus from organometallic chemistry to environmental chemistry. He was a postdoctoral researcher at MIT
from 1997 to 1999 with Prof. Philip Gschwend in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. McNeill began his independent career as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Chemistry, holding ranks of Assistant Professor (2000-2006) and Associate Professor (2007-2009). In 2009, Kris McNeill joined the faculty of ETH Zurich, where he continues to apply physical organic chemistry to the study of environmental processes.

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