Dr. Khalil’s area of specialization ranges from synthesis and development of catalysts and adsorbents for removal of pollutants from industrial waste streams (Pollution prevention and clean production) to analysis of environmental economics and cost valuations for sustainability projects, development of energy portfolio models; and design, and verification of multi-criterion decision-making approaches to assessing environmental and sustainability projects. In addition to developing two patents for designing new processes for converting waste sludge to activated carbon, and a catalyst to remove NOx.  Dr. Khalili’s research projects between 2005-2007 have resulted in design of an award- winning water purification system called “KlarAqua” in 2006.  She has also co-designed and copyrighted a computer program in 2007 titled “Environmental Attribute Calculator” (EAC) to assist energy management programs at a wide range of industrial and commercial buildings.  

Dr. Khalili research experience and specific interests are in Development of Models Specific to Greening the Operations; Design, and Verification of Multi-Criterion Decision Making Approaches to Assessing Environmental and Sustainability Projects; Sustainable Environmental Management System Designs (SEMS); Sustainable Energy Portfolio Development ( including energy systems environmental foot prints);  Design of Pollution Prevention and Clean Production Strategies,  and Sustainability Projects Design, Assessment, and Optimization.  Her most recent work is focused on:

Human capital development via education: the role of academia in creating awareness, knowledge, and capabilities that can support sustainable development globally.

Design of pathways to Cleaner Production in the Americas through integration of business, engineering and environmental education, which she has been working on during the last 18 years. This work involves working with universities, government agencies, and industries in development of strategies for successful implementation of Cleaner Production programs in Latin America, specifically in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Peru, Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Guatemala (2012-2015) 

Illinois Smart Grid Innovation Cluster Development via which her research students are working with small businesses and startups in energy sector to identify and manage both opportunities and challenges that emerging businesses in the energy sector would face (2010-present)

Dr. Khalili is the author of a text/reference book titled “Practical Sustainability: From Grounded Theory to Emerging Strategies” Palgrave McMillan, NY ( January 4, 2011), a workbook for minimizing exposure to emissions at gas utility sites (2002), and  more than 40 refereed publications and peer-reviewed conference proceedings.

  



Patents and Achievements

  • New processes for converting water sludge to activated carbon
  • Catalyst to remove NOx
  • Co-designed and copyrighted a computer program in 2007 titled "Environmental Attribute Calculator" (EAC) to assist energy management programs at a wide range of industrial and commercial buildings.

Example Research Projects

  • Design of corporate social responsibility portfolios according to both micro and macro economic systems utilizing graphycal multi-criteria decision making models
 
  • Financing options for sustainability: application of real options in energy efficiency and sustainable designs
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  • Design of energy portfolios for developing nations in support of sustainable economic development
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  • Human capital development via education: the role of academia in creating awareness, knowledge, and capabilities that can support sustainable development globally
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  • Design of pathways to cleaner production in the Americas through integration of business, engineering and environmental education, which I have been working on during the last 18 years. This work involves working with universities, government agencies, and industries in development of strategies for successful implementation of cleaner production programs in Latin America, specifically in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Peru, Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Guatemala (2012-2015)
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  • Illinois Smart Grid innovation cluster development via which my research students are working with small businesses and startups in energy sector to identify and manage both opportunities and challenges that emerging businesses in the energy sector would face (2010-present)