Ohio Attorney General Appoints UToledo Chemist to Scientific Advisory Council

October 9, 2020 | News, UToday, Natural Sciences and Mathematics
By Christine Billau



Dr. Emanuela Gionfriddo, assistant professor of chemistry in The University of Toledo Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the School of Green Chemistry and Engineering, is one of 12 scientists appointed to a new team that will serve as a sounding board regarding the best ways to preserve and safeguard Ohio’s natural resources.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced this week the formation of the Scientific Advisory Council.

Dr. Emanuela Gionfriddo, right, assistant professor of chemistry, is among a dozen experts appointed to the new Scientific Advisory Council by the Ohio Attorney General.

“This is not a blue-ribbon committee set up to make people feel good about the environment,” Yost said. “I take my duty to protect Ohio’s natural resources seriously, and the scientists we’ve enlisted to share their expertise and counsel will help me accomplish this effectively and smartly.”

Gionfriddo is an environmental analytical chemist who specializes in microextraction technology, analytical separations, mass spectrometry, bioanalysis and environmental analytical chemistry.

“It is a great honor to be selected to serve on this council and I am proud to represent The University of Toledo,” Gionfriddo said. “The research performed by my research team at the Dr. Nina McClelland Laboratory for Water Chemistry and Environmental Analysis on the characterization of complex environmental samples and analysis of environmental pollutants will provide useful insights to share with the council.”

The council will meet with the attorney general and the leaders of his environmental protection section to discuss the latest environmental issues, potential solutions and opportunities.

Yost said the subject-matter experts, who represent nine universities across the state, are among the leading professionals in their fields and some of the best scientific and environmentally conscious minds in Ohio.

Dr. Christopher Winslow, director of Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab, and Dr. Jon Sprague, director of science and research for the Attorney General’s Office, are co-chairing the group.

“Many of the members of this council are active in the field, conducting vital research on important environmental issues,” Winslow said. “I applaud Attorney General Yost for bringing these scientists together and for his commitment to using science to inform environmental policy decisions.”