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Teresa Kirschling

Research Interests: 

Advanced water treatment membrane materials, microbial adhesion, microbial community analysis, membrane biofouling, interactions of microorganisms with polymers and nanoparticles, atomic force microscopy.

Professional Affiliations:

American Chemical Society (ACS)

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Geochemical Society


Awards and Honors:

2012-2014 National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship

2010 Symposium Award for excellence in public speaking at the Carnegie Mellon 32nd Annual Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association Symposium

2010 Bertucci Fellowship (Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering)

2009 Award of Excellence for presentation at the 238th American Chemical Society National Meeting (Division of Environmental Chemistry)

2009 First place podium presentation at the fourth annual Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology Research Symposium hosted by the Carnegie Mellon Graduate Biomedical Engineering Society

2009 Moore Foundation Fellowship to attend the Microbial Diversity Course at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory

2001-2005 Joseph C. Duke Scholarship (presented by 3M's scholarship program)

2005 Charles F. Burgess Scholarship (presented by the University of Wisconsin Department of Chemical Engineering)

2004-2005 Joe Choe Memorial Scholarship (presented by the University of Wisconsin Department of Chemical Engineering)



T.L. Kirschling, P.L. Golas, J.M. Unrine, M. Matyjaszewski, R.B. Gregory, G.V. Lowry, R.D. Tilton, Microbial Bioavailabiiility of Covalently Bound Polymer Coatings on Model Engineered Nanomaterials, Environmental Science & Technology, 2011, 45 (12), 5253-5259

T.L. Kirschling, R.B. Gregory, E.G. Minkley, Jr., G.V. Lowry, and R.D. Tilton, Impact of Nanoscale Zero Valent Iron on Geochemistry and Microbial Populations in Trichloroethylene Contaminated Aquifer Materials., Environmental Science & Technology, 2010, 44 (9), 3474-3480


Teresa Kirschling


Chemical Engineer
Applied Chemicals and Materials Division
Materials for Biological Environments

Employment History:

Chemical Engineer/Postdoctoral Fellow NIST – Applied Chemicals and Materials Division, December 2012 -present

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering – South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 2011-2012

Graduate Research Assistant – Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2006-2011

Process Management Engineering Intern – Cargill Texturizing Solutions, Hammond IN, 2006

Senior Instructor and Race Coach – White Bear Sailing School, White Bear Lake, MN, 1999-2006

Process Management Engineering Co-op - Cargill Sweeteners North America, Blair, NE. 2004



Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, 2011, Carnegie Mellon University,

‘Interactions of Microbial Communities with Engineered Nanoparticles in Environmental Systems’

Advisors: Robert Tilton and Greg Lowry

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, 2005, University of Wisconsin - Madison


Phone: 303-497-6956
Fax: 303-497-5030