Alina Handorean

Teaching Professor, Engineering. Design, and Society; Civil and Environmental Engineering

Alina HandoreanAlina Handorean is a Teaching Professor in EDS with more than 15 years of experience teaching a wide range of biology, chemistry and fundamental environmental engineering classes at the middle school through graduate levels. Dr. Handorean earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Bucharest, Romania and her M.A. and PhD in Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis before completing a post-doctoral fellowship in cancer biology at the University of Colorado’s Health Sciences campus. Prior to joining Mines, Dr Handorean was a Research Faculty/Lecturer in the Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research interests are Environmental Engineering (Drinking Water, Bioaerosols), Chemistry, Cancer Biology, and Pedagogy, and she’s passionate about teaching user-centered design, communication skills, and teamwork in her Cornerstone classes.


Engineering Annex


  • PhD Environmental Science and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2007
  • MS Environmental Science and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2003
  • BS Environmental Science, Western Washington University, 2000

Selected Publications

  • Stratton, G., Bellona, C., Dai, F., Holsen, T., Mededovic Thagard, S. (2015). Plasma-based water treatment: Conception and application of a new general principle for reactor design. Journal of Chemical Engineering, 273, 543-550.
  • Shahmansouri, A., Jin, L., Min, J. and Bellona, C. (2015). Feasibility of Extracting Valuable Minerals from Desalination Concentrate: A Comprehensive Literature Review. Journal of Cleaner Production, 100, 4-16.
  • Shahmansouri, A., and Bellona, C. (2015). Nanofiltration Technology in Water Treatment and Reuse: Applications and Costs. Water Science and Technology, 71, 309-319
  • Shahmansouri, A., and Bellona, C. (2013). Application of Quantitative Structure-Property Relationships (QSPRs) to Predict the Rejection of Organic Solutes by Nanofiltration. Separation and Purification Technology, 118: 627-638.
  • Appleman, T. D., Dickenson, E. R. V., Bellona, C., and Higgins, C. P. (2013). Nanofiltration and Granular Activated Carbon Treatment of Perfluoroalkyl Acids. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 260: 627 – 638.
  • Bellona, C., Heil, D., Yu, C., Fu, P., and Drewes, J. E. (2012). The Pros and Cons of Using Nanofiltration in Lieu of Reverse Osmosis for Indirect Potable Reuse Applications. Separation and Purification Technology, 85: 69 – 76.
  • Hancock, N. T., Xu, P., Heil, D. M., Bellona, C., and Cath, T. Y. (2011). A Comprehensive Bench- and Pilot-Scale Investigation of Trace Organic Compound Rejection by Forward Osmosis. Environmental Science and Technology, 45: 8483 – 8490.
  • Bellona, C., Marts, M., and Drewes, J. E. (2010). The effect of organic membrane fouling on the properties and rejection characteristics of nanofiltration membranes. Separation and Purification Technology, 74, 44-54.
  • Xu, P., Bellona, C., and Drewes, J. E. (2010). Fouling of nanofiltration and reverse osmosis membranes during municipal wastewater reclamation: Membrane autopsy results from pilot-scale investigations. Journal of Membrane Science, 353, 111-121.
  • Bellona, C., Drewes, J. E., Oelker, G., Luna, J., Filteau, G., and Amy, G. (2008). Comparing reverse osmosis and nanofiltration for water reclamation. JAWWA, 100(9), 102-116.
  • Bellona, C., and Drewes, J. E., 2005. The role of physico-chemical properties of membranes and solutes in the rejection of organic acids by nanofiltration membranes. Journal of Membrane Science, 249, 227-234.
  • Bellona, C., Drewes, J. E., Xu, P., and Amy, G. 2004. Factors affecting the rejection of organic solutes during NF/RO treatment – a literature review. Water Research, 38, 2795-2809.