People

Director
Paul Anastas's picture 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's picture Julie B. Zimmerman, Ph.D

Deputy Director

Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Professor in School of Engineering & Applied Science
Professor in School of Forestry & Environmental Studies



Dr. Julie Beth Zimmerman is a professor 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  Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Deputy Director at the Yale Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering.

Associate Director For Research
Desiree Plata's picture 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's picture Karolina Mellor, Ph.D

Program Manager



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 manages research and education 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 is an expert in online/traditional teaching and instructional design and workshop development.

Philip Coish's picture 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
Tamara deWinter's picture 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's picture 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.

Megan O'Connor's picture Megan O'Connor

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

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

Predrag Petrovic's picture Predrag Petrovic, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate



He joined Prof. Anastas’ group in August 2017, where he continues the work on the modelling the possible structure of the Co-dppe catalyst. He also uses computational tools, mostly available in (but not limited to) the Gaussian software package, to help solve problems posed by the experimental studies in Prof. Anastas’ group. His main focus is to set a foundation for the methodology that will help safer chemical and procedures design and comply with the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry by using existing computational tools.

Students
Brian Drollette's picture Brian Drollette

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

Mark Falinski's picture Mark Falinski

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

Michael Giannetto's picture Michael Giannetto

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

Thomas Kwan's picture Thomas Kwan

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

Fjodor Melnikov's picture Fjodor Melnikov

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

Laurene Petitjean's picture Laurene Petitjean

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

Lauren Pincus's picture Lauren Pincus

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

Wenbo Shi's picture Wenbo Shi

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

Andrew Sumner's picture Andrew Sumner

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

Alina Rodriguez's picture Alina Rodriguez, B.S.

Candidate for Master of Environmental Science, 2019

Seon Augusto de Souza Ferreira's picture Seon Augusto de Souza Ferreira

Communications and Outreach Assistant