Principle Investigator

Julie Zimmerman

Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, School of the Environment;
Professor in School of Engineering and Applied Science;
Professor in School of the Environment;
Deputy Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering

Editor-in-Chief Environmental Science and Technology

PhD Students

Mary Kate Mitchell Lane

PhD Candidate Environmental Engineering
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Research Area: Utilizing supercritical fluids as green solvents for biorefinery and nanoparticle synthesis applications

Yan Du

PhD Candidate Environmental Engineering
Research Areas: Computational modeling; POPs in wastewater; life-cycle assessments

Andreas Backhaus

PhD Candidate Environmental Engineering
Research Areas: Biomass valorization using supercritical fluids; nanoparticle shape control in supercritical fluid synthesis; environmental-economic data analysis and modeling

Dylan Judd

PhD Candidate, School of the Environment
Research Areas:

Undergraduate Students

Avery Long 

BS Chemical Engineering, 2024
Research Area: Continuous Solvothermal Synthesis of Glutathione-Functionalized Anisotropic Gold Nanoparticles for Lead Detection in Water

Postdoctoral Associates

Heather LeClerc

Postdoctoral Associate
Research Areas: Lignin valorization in continuous flow systems

Research Staff

Lars Ratjen                                                               

Research Scientist                                                                                                
Research Areas: 

  • The Yale-UNIDO Global GreenChem Innovation and Network Programme

  • Intersection of environmental factors and mental health

  • Green chemistry and green engineering

Hanno Erythropel

Research Scientist
Research Areas: 

  • The role of sweeteners and flavorants in e-cigarette safety

  • Biodegradable materials

  • Utilizing renewable biomass to generate valuable chemical products


Tetyana Budnyak, PhD (she/her)

Research Fellow
Research Areas: Development of green lignin-biochar composites capable of removing organic and inorganic pollutants from water

Elise Gilcher 

Postdoctoral Associate
Research Areas: Extractions and conversion of biomass with supercritical fluids to valorize the integrated biorefinery

Holly Rudel

PhD  Environmental Engineering, 2023
Research Area: Sustainable materials as selective adsorbents in water treatment
Currently: California Council on Science and Technology Policy Fellow

Jessie Wainer 

MESc Yale School of the Environment, 2023 
Research Area: Sustainable water treatment 

Tong Wang 

PhD  Environmental Engineering, 2022
Currently: Lecturer at East China Normal University



Mark Falinski 

PhD Environmental Engineering, 2020
Currently: Consultant at Boston Consulting Group


Camrynn “Cammie” Fausey

PhD  Environmental Engineering, 2020
Currently: Lead Artificial Intelligence Engineer at Mitre


Lauren Pincus 

PhD School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 2020
Currently: Hess Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Geoscience at Princeton University


Eva Albalghiti 

BA Environmental Engineering, 2017
MESc Environmental Science, 2020
Currently: PhD Student at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Michigan

Qingshi Tu

Postdoctoral Associate, 2018
Currently: Assistant Professor at Department of Wood Science at University of British Columbia


Evelyn “Sale” Rhodes

MSc Environmental Science, 2017-2019

Currently: Research and Program Associate at The Aquaya Institute

Amanda Lounsbury

PhD Environmental Engineering, 2017
Postdoctoral Associate, 2019
Currently: AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Department of Energy

Tamara deWinter

Postdoctoral Associate, 2019


Jamila Saifee Yamani

PhD Environmental Enginering, 2010-2015
Currently: Salesforce


Thomas Kwan

PhD Environmental Engineering, 2018
Currently: Sustainability at Schneider Electric


Ranran Wang

PhD Environmental Engineering, 2011-2016
Currently: Assistant Professor of Water Enginering & Management at University of Twente


Lindsay Soh

PhD Environmental Engineering, 2007-2013
Currently: Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Lafayette College


Weiwei Mo

Postdoctoral Associate, 2012-2014
Currently: Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of New Hampshire


Leanne Gilbertson

PhD Environmental Engineering, 2009-2014
Currently: Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Pittsburgh


Chun-Chi Chen

Research Scientist, 2012-2014
Currently: Green Energy and Environment Research Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute


Matthew Eckelman

Postdoctoral Associate, 2010-2011
Currently: Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University


Fuzhan Nasiri

Postdoctoral Associate, 2009-2010
Research Scientist, 2010-2011
Currently: Associate Professor of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering at Concordia University

George Gachumi

Postdoctoral Associate, 2016
Currently: Postdoctoral Associate at University of Saskatchewan


Jonathan Mellor

Postdoctoral Associate, 2013-2014
Currently: Teaching faculty member at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth


Kira Matus

Senior Policy Analyst, 2010
Currently: Associate Head and Associate Professor Division of Public Policy; Associate Professsor Division of Environment and Sustainability; Associate Professor Division of Social Science– The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Laura Brentner

Postdoctoral Associate, 2009-2011
Currently: Lecturer at the Insitute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University of Chicago

Sarah Miller

PhD Environmental Engineering, 2006-2011
Currently: Assistant Dean for Science and Engineering at Yale School of Engineering and Applied Sciences


Troy Savage

Yale Divinity School and Forestry and Environmental Studies, 2013
Currently: Associate Project Manager– Mazzetti


Valerie Fuchs

Postdoctoral Associate, 2010-2011
Currently: Senior Water Resources Engineer– Brown and Caldwell


Patrick Foley

PhD Environmental Engineering, 2008-2011
Currently: Chief Scientific Officer– P2 Science