Dr. Tsutomu "Shimo" Shimotori


Professional title

Assistant Professor



Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
B.Eng. Chemical Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan

Honors and Awards

  • 2009  NSF SBIR Phase I Award
  • 2004-2005  Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • 2004  Environmental Chemistry Graduate Student Award, American Chemical Society
  • 2003  Environmental Division Graduate Student Paper Award, AIChE

Interest Areas

  • Environmental Engineering (in general)
  • Material Characterization and Analytical Chemistry (SEM, XRD, CLSM, elemental analysis, chromatography & mass spectrometry, etc.)
  • Cellulosic Biofuels
  • SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research)
  • Electrochemical Systems
  • Bioreactors
  • Reactive Membranes
  • Multi-Phase Partitioning
  • Catalysts

Brief Bio

Dr. Shimotori (he prefers to go by Shimo) started his research career in Japan in a catalytic reaction engineering lab.  After coming to the US, his research interests turned to how to apply various chemical engineering approaches to solve environmental issues.  Outside of academia, he worked for an early-stage startup in South Carolina to develop cellulosic biofuel processes from 2007-2011.  He later worked as a research scientist for analytical chemistry with the State of Minnesota’s Public Health Laboratory Division (MDH) and Laboratory Services Division (MDA) from 2011-2016.  Throughout his career, his diverse experience in research and instrumentation made him very versatile.  Thanks to his diverse skill set, he is also a manager of the Research Instrumentation Laboratory, a shared laboratory with major instrumentations, at the UMD. 

In his personal life Dr. Shimotori enjoys spending time with family and friends.  He likes outdoor activities including casual fishing, hiking, camping, and foraging.

Courses Teaching

ChE 4301  Chemical Reaction Engineering
ChE 4211  Chemical Engineering Lab II
ChE 5301  Advanced Chemical Reactor Design
GEOL/ChE 5321  Scanning Electron Microscopy Lab