What We Do

One of the foundations of the Zimmerman Lab is that sustainable, implementable solutions to environmental problems cross interdisciplinary boundaries and require collaboration with other leaders in various scientific fields. We work with researchers at Yale and other universities to enhance our understanding of complex environmental challenges, and work towards comprehensive solutions.

Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale

The primary research areas in the Center are materialsenergywater, and systems. The Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering works in collaboration with researchers from the Yale School of Medicine, the Yale School of Public Health, the Yale Chemistry Department, and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

From the website:

The Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale is committed to improving the world today and for future generations through outstanding research and scholarship, education, and practice by providing practical, innovative solutions to sustainability challenges while simultaneously meeting social, economic, and environmental goals. Through fundamental and applied research initiatives, the Yale Center aims to unleash the creativity and innovation of scientists and engineers in designing and discovering the next generation of chemicals, materials, products, processes, and systems so that they provide increased performance and increased value while meeting all goals to protect and enhance human health and the environment.”

Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT)


Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) is a collaboration between Rice University, Arizona State University, University of Texas at El Paso and Yale University. The primary goal of NEWT is to develop next-generation water treatment systems enabled by nanotechnology. The three primary thrusts are:

  1.  Multi-Functional Nanomaterials
  2. Low Energy Desalination
  3. Scaling and Fouling Control

Of these, the Zimmerman lab  works within Thrust 1, focusing on functionalizing nanomaterials for use as water contaminant sorbents, and as photocatalysts, the Safety and Sustainability cross-thrust theme, and a variety of Associated Projects.

From the website:

NEWT’s technologies exploits the unique properties of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) to treat water using less chemicals, less electricity and smaller reactors than current technologies, enable re-use or regeneration of ENMs to decrease treatment costs, and use interchangeable treatment modules to accommodate different feed-water quality and treatment objectives. The center research will have direct impact on a fundamental necessity for life – water, which is also a critical resource for economic and social development, and intricately connected to energy production. Through its fundamental and transformative research as well as innovative educational programs, NEWT will also educate the next-generation workforce to be creative, versatile leaders in the burgeoning industry of sustainable technologies for water treatment.”