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Kiril Hristovski

Kiril Hristovski

Associate Professor, The Polytechnic School, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


The Polytechnic School
Arizona State University, Polytechnic campus
7231 E Sonoran Arroyo Mall
Mesa, AZ 85212


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Associate Professor, The Polytechnic School, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering Graduate Faculty Member, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
  • International Collaboration Liaison, Center for Excellence in Emergency Management and Homeland Security, College of Public Service & Community Solutions
  • Faculty Honors Advisor, Environmental & Resource Management Program, Barrett Honors College
  • Faculty Member, Global Resolve, Arizona State University


Kiril Hristovski is an associate professor in the Polytechnic School, one of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, and a senior sustainability scientist with the Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation. He is also a faculty member with the environmental engineering graduate program in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at ASU, a faculty advisor in the environmental and resource management program in Barrett Honors College, a faculty member with GlobalResolve, and the international collaboration liaison for the Center for Excellence in Emergency Management and Homeland Security in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions at ASU. In addition, he is affiliated with the Center on the Future of War and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU.

Among his research interests is nanomaterial synthesis and their environmental applications and implications; development, engineering and management of environmental systems for developing countries and countries with economies in transition; physical and chemical water and wastewater treatment; solid and hazardous wastes and materials; water quality and emerging contaminants; environmental and emergency management nexus; and environmental health and safety.

His awards include the Presidential Academic Award, presented by former U.S. President George Bush, Sr. (1991) and the Presidential Medal of Merit, presented by the president of the Republic of Macedonia (2016).


  • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Arizona State University, 2007
  • MS, Technology (Environmental), Arizona State University, 2003
  • BSc, Chemical Engineering, University of Sts. Cyril and Methody, Skopje, Macedonia, 1998


Journal Articles


Bi, Y., E. I. Westerband, A. Alum, F. C. Brown, M. Abbaszadegan, K. D. Hristovski, A. L. Hicks and P. K. Westerhoff. 2018. Antimicrobial efficacy and life cycle impact of silver-containing food containers. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 6(10):13086-13095. DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b02639. (link )

Bone, S., A. Alum, J. Markovski, K. D. Hristovski, E. Bar-Zeev, Y. Kaufman, M. Abbaszadegan and F. Perreault. 2018. Physisorption and chemisorption of T4 bacteriophages on amino functionalized silica particles. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 535(Dec):68-76. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2018.07.107. (link )


Westerhoff, P., S. Lee, Y. Yang, G. W. Gordon, K. Hristovski, R. U. Halden and P. Herckes. 2015. Characterization, recovery opportunities, and valuation of metals in municipal sludges from U.S. wastewater treatment plants nationwide. Environmental Science & Technology 49(16):9479-9488. DOI: 10.1021/es505329q. (link )


Barry, M., K. Hristovski and P. Westerhoff. 2014. Membrane fouling by vesicles and prevention through ozonation. Environmental Science & Technology 48:7349-7356. DOI: 10.1021/es500435e. (link )

Barry, M. C., K. Hristovski and P. Westerhoff. 2014. Promoting hydroxyl radical production during ozonation of municipal wastewater. Ozone: Science & Engineering 36(3):229-237. DOI: 10.1080/01919512.2014.886938. (link )

Beebe, S. R., A. Switalski, H. L. Bateman and K. D. Hristovski. 2014. Burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) habitat associations in agricultural fields and along canal trails in Phoenix, Arizona. Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science 45(2):52-58.

Hristovski, K. D. and L. W. Olson. 2014. Implication for regulating nanomaterials-containing wastes: Hazardous waste or note?. Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste B4014003. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HZ.2153-5515.0000257. (link )

Reed, R. B., J. J. Faust, Y. Yang, K. Doudrick, D. Capco, K. D. Hristovski and P. K. Westerhoff. 2014. Characterization of nanomaterials in dietary supplement drinks and assessment of biological interactions across their life cycle. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2(7):1616-1624. DOI: 10.1021/sc500108m. (link )

Yang, Y., X. Bi, P. Westerhoff, K. Hristovski and J. E. McLain. 2014. Engineered nanomaterials either inhibit or improve biological carbon conversion in soils. Enviornmental Engineering Science 31(7):381-392. DOI: 10.1089/ees.2013.0421. . (link )

Yang, Y., K. Doudrick, X. Bi, K. Hristovski, P. Herckes, P. Westerhoff and R. Kaegi. 2014. Characterization of food-grade titanium dioxide: Presence of nano-size particles. Environmental Science & Technology 48(11):6391-6400. DOI: 10.1021/es500436x. (link )

Yang, Y., Y. Wang, P. K. Westerhoff, K. D. Hristovski, V. L. Jin, M. V. Johnson and J. G. Arnold. 2014. Metal and nanoparticle occurrence in biosolid-amended soils. Science of the Total Environment 485-486:441-449. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.03.122. (link )


Bliss, M. M., K. D. Hristovski and J. W. Ulrich. 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):433-445. DOI: 10.1515/jhsem-2012-0018. (link )

Doudrick, K., T. Yang, K. Hristovski and P. Westerhoff. 2013. Photocatalytic nitrate reduction in water: Managing the hole scavenger and reaction by-product selectivity. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 136-137:40-47. DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2013.01.042. (link )

Flanigan, D., R. Sandoval, K. Bridgers and K. D. Hristovski. 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. DOI: 10.1016/j.jece.2013.09.005. (link )

Silva, R. G., M. N. Nadagouda, J. Webster, S. Govindaswarmy, K. D. Hristovski, R. G. Ford, C. L. Patterson and C. A. Impellitteri. 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. DOI: 10.1039/C3EM30880D. (link )

Westerhoff, P. K., M. A. Kiser and K. D. Hristovski. 2013. Nanomaterial removal and transformation during biological wastewater treatment. Environmental Engineering Science 30(3):109-117. DOI: 10.1089/ees.2012.034. (link )


Chiu, C., K. D. Hristovski, R. Dockery, K. Doudrick and P. K. Westerhoff. 2012. Modeling temperature and reaction time impacts on hematite nanoparticle size during forced hydrolysis of ferric chloride. Chemical Engineering Journal 210:357-362. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2012.08.093. (link )

Doudrick, K., O. Monzon, A. Mangonon, K. Hristovski and P. Westerhoff. 2012. Nitrate reduction in water using commercial titanium dioxide photocatalysts (P25, P90, and Hombikat UV100). Journal of Environmental Engineering 138(8):852-861. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0000529. (link )


Westerhoff, P. K., Y. Song, K. D. Hristovski and M. A. Kiser. 2011. Occurrence and removal of titanium at full scale wastewater treatment plants: Implications of TiO2 nanomaterials. Journal of Environmental Monitoring 13:1195-1203. DOI: 10.1039/C1EM10017C. (link )


Benn, T., B. Cavanagh, K. D. Hristovski, J. D. Posner and P. K. Westerhoff. 2010. The release of (nano) silver from consumer products used in the home. Journal of Environmental Quality 39(6):1875-1882. DOI: 10.2134/jeq2009.0363.


Kiser, M. A., P. K. Westerhoff, T. Benn, Y. Wang, J. Perez-Rivera and K. D. Hristovski. 2009. Titanium nanomaterial removal and release from wastewater treatment plants. Environmental Science & Technology 43(17):6757-6763. DOI: 10.1021/es901102n.


Hristovski, K. D., P. K. Westerhoff, J. C. Crittenden and L. W. Olson. 2008. Arsenate removal by iron (hydr)oxide modified granulated activated carbon: Modeling arsenate breakthrough with the pore surface diffusion model. Separation Science and Technology 43(11-12):3154-3267. DOI: 10.1080/01496390802221691. (link )

Hristovski, K. D., P. K. Westerhoff, J. C. Crittenden and L. W. Olson. 2008. Arsenate removal by nanostructured ZrO2 spheres. Environmental Science & Technology 42(10):3786-3790. DOI: 10.1021/es702952p. (link )


Hristovski, K., L. Olson, N. Hild, D. Peterson and S. Burge. 2007. The municipal solid waste system and solid waste characterization at the municipality of Veles, Macedonia. Waste Management 27(11):1680-1689. DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2006.09.003. (link )



Bebee, S., H. L. Bateman and K. D. Hristovski. 2012. Burrowing owl habitat selection in urban southeast Phoenix, Arizona. Poster presented at the 3-4 February 2012 45th Joint Annual AZ/NM Meeting of The Wildlife Society and AFS, Phoenix, AZ.

Beebe, S. R., H. L. Bateman and K. D. Hristovski. 2012. Burrowing Owl habitat selection in urban southeast Phoenix, Arizona. Poster presented at 13 January 2012 CAP LTER 14th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )



Rogers, B., N. Chhetri, M. R. Henderson, K. D. Hristovski, B. L. Ruddell and J. H. Takamura. 2013. A systematic methodology for the development of enterprise at the base of the economic pyramid. Presentation at the 2013 ASEE International Forum, June 22, 2013, Atlanta, GA. (link )


Beebe, S. R., H. L. Bateman and K. D. Hristovski. 2012. Burrowing owl habitat selection in urban southeast Phoenix. Presentation at the 3-4 April 2012 8th Annual Gatekeeper Regulatory Roundup and Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona.


Benn, T., P. K. Westerhoff, A. Kiser, Y. Wang and K. D. Hristovski. 2008. Detection of nanoscale titanium dioxide in wastewater treatment systems. Presentation September 26 at the 42nd American Chemical Society Regional Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.

Westerhoff, P. K., Y. Chen, J. Crittenden, B. Rittman, A. Kiser, K. D. Hristovski, T. Benn, Y. Wang and Y. Zhang. 2008. Sources of nanomaterials into sewage and their removal during wastewater treatment. Presentation May 25-29 at the SETAC Europe 18th Annual Meeting, Warsaw, Poland.

Faculty Excellence Award for Scholarly and Creative Activities, College of Technology and Innovation, Arizona State University, Polytechnic campus, 2014

Fulbright Scholar, Fulbright Specialist Program, City of Panama, Panama, 2012

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, College of Technology and Innovation, Arizona State University, Polytechnic campus, 2012