People

Director
Paul Anastas, Ph.D

Director
Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment



Paul T. Anastas is the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment. He has appointments  in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Department of Chemistry, and Department of Chemical Engineering. In addition, Prof. Anastas serves as the Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale.

Deputy Director
Julie B. Zimmerman, Ph.D

Deputy Director
Donna L. Dubinsky Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering
Professor in School of Engineering & Applied Science
Professor in School of Forestry & Environmental Studies



Dr. Julie Beth Zimmerman is the Donna L. Dubinsky Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering jointly appointed to the Chemical & Environmental Engineering Department of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is the Associate Director for Research at the Yale Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering.

Associate Director For Research
Desiree Plata, Ph.D

Associate Director for Research
Assistant Professor in School of Engineering & Applied Science



Desiree Plata’s research seeks to maximize technology’s benefit to society while minimizing environ- mental impacts in industrially important practices through the use of geochemical tools and chemical mechanistic insights. Plata is currently Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. 

Senior Staff
Karolina Mellor, Ph.D

Program Coordinator



Dr. Karolina Mellor comes to the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering with almost 9 years of biotech academic and professional experience. At the Center, Karolina coordinates research projects and actively promotes the Center’s activity by leading educational efforts and translating research into teaching tools to educate diverse audiences in green chemistry and sustainability. Dr Mellor brings together science, communication, marketing and is a key outreach point of contact.

Philip Coish, Ph.D

Program Manager



Dr. Philip Coish has extensive experience as a project manager in multiple areas of drug discovery and scientific research. He is currently a program manager within the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale.

Research Staff
Jason Lam, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Associate



Jason's research is primarily focused on optimizing various skeletal metal catalysts for electrocatalytic hydrogenation/hydrodeoxygenation of lignin-derived aromatics under mild conditions. His work also probed mechanisms of electrocatalytic aryl ether cleavage, a process with potential value for deoxygenation and lignin cleavage.

Tamara deWinter, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Associate



Tamara completed a B.Sc. Honours Degree in chemistry from the University of New Brunswick. She began performing research during her second year of undergraduate studies under the supervision of Professor Sean McGrady. For this project, she focusing on hydrogen storage material, synthesizing metal hydrides and studying their hydrogen storage ability and the regeneration of the spent hydrides.

Hanno Erythropel, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Associate



Hanno's research focuses on the better understanding the health implications of “vaped” e-cigarette liquid by determining what kind of chemical transformation occur. Hanno is also doing organic synthesis with a particular focus on the chemistry of C-glycosides.

Qingshi Tu, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Associate



Qingshi Tu researches with Julie Zimmerman’s group, specifically investigating development and implementation of sustainable technologies via life cycle assessment (LCA), techno-economic analysis (TEA) and computational modeling approaches (e.g. agent-based modeling).

Students
Brian Drollette

Ph.D Student, Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Yale University

Mark Falinski

Ph.D Student, Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Yale University

Michael Giannetto

Ph.D Student, Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Yale University

Thomas Kwan

Ph.D Candidate, Environmental Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Science, Yale University

Amanda Lounsbury

Ph.D Candidate, Environmental Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Science, Yale University

Fjodor Melnikov

Ph.D Candidate
School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Yale University

Megan O'Connor

Ph.D. Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University, 3rd year

Visiting Assistant in Research, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University

Laurene Petitjean

Ph.D Candidate
School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Yale University

Lauren Pincus

Ph.D Student, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University

Wenbo Shi

Ph.D Student, Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Yale University

Andrew Sumner

Ph.D Student, Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Yale University