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 size and shape control of nanoparticles

Holly Rudel

PhD Candidate Environmental Engineering
Research Area: Metal oxide nanoparticles for use as selective adsorbents in water treatment

Yan Du

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

Andreas Backhaus

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

Tong Wang

PhD Candidate Environmental Engineering
Research Area: Modelling large-scale copper recycling to support transition to sustainable economy

Undergraduate Students

Melissa Ahrens-Viquez 

BS Environmental Engineering, 2022
Research Area: Characterization of nanoparticles synthesized with supercritical fluids 


Yuang Chen 

BS Environmental Science, 2022 Peking University
Research Area: Modelling large-scale copper recycling; renewable energy;


Isabella Hay 

BS Chemical Engineering, 2024
Research Area: 
Transition metal cross-linked chitosan beads for use as selective adsorbents for selenium in water



Visiting Students

Research Staff

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


Mark Falinski

PhD Environmental Engineering, 2020
Currently: Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University

Camrynn “Cammie” Fausey

PhD  Environmental Engineering, 2020


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: Post-doctoral researcher at Tel-Aviv University

Tamara deWinter

Postdoctoral Associate, 2019


Jamila Saifee Yamani

PhD Environmental Enginering, 2010-2015
Currently: Climate Impact Capital


Thomas Kwan

PhD Environmental Engineering, 2018
Currently: Sustainability and Green Engineering– Unilever


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: Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Connecticut 


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