John W. Scott

Curriculum vitae for John W. Scott

Office Phone: 217-333-8407                                                          E-mail:

Mailing Address: Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, One Hazelwood Dr. Champaign IL 61820


B.S. Chemistry / B.S. Environmental Health, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, 2000

A.S. (Pre-Pharmacy), College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL, 1998

Professional Experience:

2001-Present    University of Illinois-Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC)

                        Associate Scientist – (Senior Analytical Chemist)

2000 – 2001     Butler Technical Group-Abbott Laboratories

Quality Control Technician


Research Interests

  • Emerging contaminants, such as microplastics and perfluorinated compounds (PFAS)
  • Waste to energy and pollution prevention
  • Biomass utilization and natural products

Current Funded Projects

The Impact of Emerging Contaminants in St. Louis City and County Drinking Water

Role: Co- Principal Investigator, Sponsor: Missouri Foundation for Health

Project Period: 12/1/2021 – 12/1/2024

Catalytic Hydrothermal Gasification of Nitrocellulose Waste Feedstock for its Degradation and Value-added Gas Products Generation

Role: Co- Principal Investigator, Sponsor: United States Department of Defense

Project Period: 9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022

Landfills as a major point source for microplastic pollution – a pilot study

Role: Principal Investigator, Sponsor: Illinois Hazardous Waste Research Program

Project Period: 3/1/2021 – 8/31/2023

The first statewide assessment of microplastics and co-contaminants in rural Iowa streams: Determining prevalence and type in water and bed sediment

Role: Co-Principal Investigator, Sponsor: Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC)

Project Period: 6/1/2020 – 5/31/2021

Select Publications (2016 to present)

Turner, Andrew, John W. Scott, and Lee A. Green. “Rare earth elements in plastics.” Science of The Total Environment 774 (2021): 145405.

Scott, John W., Kathryn G. Gunderson, Lee A. Green, Richard R. Rediske, and Alan D. Steinman.

“Perfluoroalkylated Substances (PFAS) Associated with Microplastics in a Lake Environment.” Toxics 9, no. 5 (2021): 106.

Kelly, John J., Maxwell G. London, Amanda R. McCormick, Miguel Rojas, John W. Scott, and Timothy J. Hoellein. “Wastewater treatment alters microbial colonization of microplastics.” Plos one 16, no. 1 (2021).

Scott, John W, and Lee Green. “Development and Demonstration of a Superior Method for Microplastics Analysis: Improved Size Detection Limits, Greater Density Limits, and More Informative Reporting.” TR Series (Illinois Sustainable Technology Center); TR-078 (2020).

Steinman, Alan D., John Scott, Lee Green, Charlyn Partridge, Maggie Oudsema, Michael Hassett, Emily Kindervater, and Richard R. Rediske. “Persistent organic pollutants, metals, and the bacterial community composition associated with microplastics in Muskegon Lake (MI).” Journal of Great Lakes Research 46, no. 5 (2020): 1444-1458.

Lenaker, Peter L., Austin K. Baldwin, Steven R. Corsi, Sherri A. Mason, Paul C. Reneau, and John W. Scott. “Vertical Distribution of Microplastics in the Water Column and Surficial Sediment from the Milwaukee River Basin to Lake Michigan.” Environmental Science & Technology 53, no. 21 (2019): 12227-12237.

Panno, Samuel V., Walton R. Kelly, John Scott, Wei Zheng, Rachael E. McNeish, Nancy Holm, Timothy J. Hoellein, and Elizabeth L. Baranski. “Microplastic Contamination in Karst Groundwater Systems.” Groundwater (2019).

Adkesson, Michael J., Jeffrey M. Levengood, John W. Scott, David J. Schaeffer, Brent Panno, Jennifer N. Langan, Susana Cárdenas-Alayza, and Sandra James-Yi. “Analysis of Toxic and Essential Elements in the Blood and Feathers of Humboldt Penguins (Spheniscus humboldti) at Punta San Juan, Peru.” Journal of wildlife diseases (2018).

Zhang, Xuesong, John Scott, Brajendra K. Sharma, and Nandakishore Rajagopalan. “Advanced treatment of hydrothermal liquefaction wastewater with nanofiltration to recover carboxylic acids.” Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology 4, no. 4 (2018): 520-528.

Adkesson, Michael J., Jeffrey M. Levengood, John W. Scott, David J. Schaeffer, Jennifer N. Langan, Susana Cárdenas-Alayza, Santiago de la Puente, Patricia Majluf, and Sandra Yi. “Assessment of Polychlorinated Biphenyls, Organochlorine Pesticides, and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers in the Blood of Humboldt Penguins (Spheniscus Humboldti) from the Punta San Juan Marine Protected Area, Peru.” Journal of wildlife diseases 54, no. 2 (2018): 304-314.

Shin, Young Hwan, Lance Schideman, Peng Zhang, John Scott, Michael Plewa, and Yuanhui Zhang. “Hydrothermal processes for simultaneous bioenergy recovery and destruction of bioactive microconstituents from biosolids.” Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation 2017, no. 1 (2017): 329-359.

Hoellein, Timothy J., Amanda R. McCormick, Joshua Hittie, Maxwell G. London, John W. Scott, and John J. Kelly. “Longitudinal patterns of microplastic concentration and bacterial assemblages in surface and benthic habitats of an urban river.” Freshwater Science 36, no. 3 (2017): 491-507.

McCormick, Amanda R., Timothy J. Hoellein, Maxwell G. London, Joshua Hittie, John W. Scott, and John J. Kelly. “Microplastic in surface waters of urban rivers: concentration, sources, and associated bacterial assemblages.” Ecosphere 7, no. 11 (2016).