Hanna Breunig


Hanna Marie Breunig, 2002H B90 Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Rd, Berkeley, CA 94720 | hmsmith@berkeley.edu

Maiden Name: Hanna Marie Smith

[Curriculum Vitae]

Hanna Breunig Near Waterfall


PhD. Civil and Environmental Engineering                     University of California, Berkeley

Minor: Geographic Information Science

Minor: Energy and Resources Group

Engineering and Business for Sustainability Certificate  Received 2012     University of California, Berkeley

M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering                    Received 2011     University of California, Berkeley

B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering                     Received 2010     Cornell University



Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley CA                              January 2011- Present

Graduate Student Researcher P.I. Max Wei                                                                                                                                 July 2013-current

  • Performed life cycle impact assessment and spatial analyses for deployment scenarios of fuel cells for combined heat and power in commercial buildings

Graduate Student Researcher P.I. Thomas McKone                                                                                                                January 2011-July 2013

  • Conducted feasibility, economic, and environmental analysis of brine and carbon dioxide by-product recycling and management from carbon capture and sequestration at power plants.

Member of Emerging Technology Analysis Team                       http://carboncycle2.lbl.gov/research/crosscutting-science/energy-analysis/e2at/index.html

Member of Sustainable Energy Systems Division in Environmental Energy Technologies Division                    



Larry P. Walker Biofuel Laboratory, Cornell University NY                          June 2008 – August 2009

Biological and Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Research

  • Conducted independent and collaborative research on enzymes involved in the conversion of cellulose to fermentable sugars for the development of biofuels and bioproducts.
  • Developed a method using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) to quantify the oligosaccharide reaction products of the hydrolysis of cellulose by unlabeled and fluorescently-labeled Thermobifida fusca enzymes.
  • Quantified the enzymatic activities using chromatogram data. Developed kinetic models for the enzyme’s modes of activity using hydrolysis time-course experiments.

Hanna Breunig Cornell Biofuel Lab


MKS Instruments Inc., Rochester NY                                                                      Summer 2006, 2007

Environmental Engineering Internship

  • Revised the Environmental Management System for regulation discrepancies and hazards found during ISO 14001 certification audits.
  • Completed a chemical inventory for the building, used the inventory data to redesign and update their physical and electronic MSDS libraries.
  • Designed and taught several Hazardous Communication Trainings and ISO 14001 Familiarization sessions to employees.


AWARDS            Hanna Breunig on the water kayak

2014-2015: Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship

2013-2014: UC Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award

2012: SETAC 6th World Congress Poster Spotlight Presentation Berlin Germany

2009: Cornell University Engineering Research Conference: Exceptional Undergraduate Presentation Award

2009: Cornell University Engineering Learning Initiatives: Undergraduate Research Award

2006: MKS Inc. Technology Scholarship for marked dedication to engineering research



Activist for National Resource Defense Council                                                                              2008-Present

Support petitions for environmental resource protection, particularly for initiatives in New York and California

Volunteer for TechBridge Girls Summer Academy Role Model                                                 2013

Led an engineering design project for middle school girls interested in STEM careers



Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Research Mentor. 2012, 2013

Mentored visiting undergraduates of National Applied Science Institute (INSA) of Lyon in France for 21 weeks in 2012 and 2013.

Taught students how to perform literature reviews and conduct life cycle assessments, and how to use GIS

University of California, Berkeley, Graduate Student Instructor for course: Introduction to Environmental Engineering. 2011, 2012, 2013

Taught discussion section, held office hours, graded exams, guest lectured

Cornell University, Teaching Assistant for course: Renewable Energy Systems. 2010

Taught project labs, graded projects, held office hours

Cornell University, Teaching Assistant for course: Engineering for a Sustainable Society. 2008

Designed home works, case studies, exam questions, held office hours, graded papers



A Total Cost of Ownership Model for Low Temperature PEM Fuel Cells in Combined Heat and Power and Backup Power Applications. Wei, Max; Lipman, Timothy; Mayyas, Ahmad; Chien, Joshua; Chan Shuk Han; Breunig, Hanna; Stadler, Michael; McKone, Thomas; Beattie, Paul; Chong, Patricia; Collela, Whitney; James, Brian. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Report. Submitted March 2014.

Spatially-explicit water balance implications of carbon capture and sequestration. Sathre, Roger; Breunig, Hanna; Greenblatt, Jeffery; Larsen, Peter; McKone, Thomas; Quinn, Nigel; Scown, Corinne. Near submission, 2013.

The role of life cycle assessment (LCA) in carbon dioxide capture, utilization, and sequestration implementation. Breunig, H; Sathre, R; Greenblatt, J. Whitepaper prepared for the California Energy Commission. Submitted July 2013.

Assessment of brine management for geologic carbon sequestration. Breunig, Hanna; Birkholzer, Jens; Borgia, Andrea; Oldenburg, Curtis; Price, Phillip; McKone, Thomas. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Report, LBNL-6361E, June 2013.

Regional assessment of brine management for geologic carbon sequestration. Breunig, Hanna; Birkholzer, Jens; Borgia, Andrea; Oldenburg, Curtis; Price, Phillip; McKone, Thomas. IJGGC. 2013, Vol. 14,pp. 39-48.

Spatially-explicit impacts of carbon capture and sequestration on water supply and demand. Sathre, Roger; Breunig, Hanna; Larsen, Peter; Masanet, Eric; McKone, Thomas; Quinn, Nigel; Scown, Corinne.  (2012) 11th Annual Conference Proceedings on Carbon Capture, Utilization, & Sequestration. (April 30 – May 3). Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Enzymatic transformations of cellulose assessed by quantitative high-throughput fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (QHT-FTIR). Corgie, Stephane; Smith, Hanna; Walker, Larry. Biotechnology & Bioengineering. (July 2011, Vol. 108, pg 1509-1520).

Labeling and purification of cellulose-binding proteins for high resolution fluorescence applications. Moran-Mirabal, Jose; Corgie, Stephane; Bolewski, Jacob; Smith, Hanna; Cipriany, Benjamin; Craighead, Harold; Walker, Larry. Analytical Chemistry. (September 3, 2009, Vol. 81, pg 7981-7987).

Fluorescence Labeling And Purification Of Cellulases For Single Molecule Spectroscopy. Moran-Mirabal, Jose; Corgie, Stephane; Bolewski, Jacob; Smith, Hanna; Walker, Larry. Biophysical Journal, 2009, Vol. 96, pg 45).



2013    AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference, Portland, OR

Oral Presentation: Guiding carbon capture and sequestration scale-up in California using watershed resilience indicators as metrics of local sustainability

2013 23rd SETAC Europe Annual Meeting, Glasgow, Scotland

Poster Presentation: Understanding the local implications of societal scale technology deployment

2012      33rd Annual Meeting North America SETAC, Long Beach, CA

Oral Presentation given by co-author Dr. Pei Zhai: LCA study of artificial photosynthesis – hydrogen compression/liquefaction using photovoltaics

2012      6th SETAC World Congress, Berlin, Germany

Poster and Poster Spotlight Oral Presentation: Waste to Resource: Capturing spatial heterogeneity using GIS: A LCA case study of brine management for geologic carbon sequestration

2012      LLNL Carbon dioxide Capture and Sequestration Workshop

Oral presentation: Life cycle assessment of brine management for geologic carbon sequestration

2011      CO2 Storage and Water Projects WebEx, NETL Webinar Host

Oral Presentation: Waste to resource: Life cycle assessment of brine for CCS

2009      Cornell Engineering Research Conference, Ithaca, NY

Poster Presentation: Labeling and purification of cellulose-binding proteins for high resolution fluorescence applications