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

Mark Falinski

PhD Candidate Environmental Engineering
Research Area: Safe and functional selection and design of functionalized carbon nanomaterials 

Camrynn “Cammie” Fausey

PhD Candidate Environmental Engineering;
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Research Area: Design of nano-enabled electrospun fibers for water decontamination

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 Student 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

Orven Mallari

BS Environmental Engineering, 2021
Research Area: Toxicity mechanism of nanoparticles based on size and shape

Melissa Ahrens-Viquez 

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


Visiting Students

Mengmeng Wang

PhD Candidate Environmental Engineering
School of Environment, Tsinghua University
Research Area: Mechanochemical Technology for valuable metals recovery from spent Lithium-ion Batteries.

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


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