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

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.

Research Staff
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.

Laurene Petitjean's picture Laurene Petitjean, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Associate

Mahlet Garedew's picture Mahlet Garedew, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate



Mahlet’s Ph.D. research work at Michigan State University focused on converting components of plant matter such as lignin to energy dense transportation fuel and value-added intermediates using pyrolysis as a depolymerization process and electrocatalysis upgrading method. More specifically, investigating the effectiveness of a ruthenium catalyst in improving energy content and stability of phenolic compounds derived from lignin degradation. She is a recipient of the highly competitive YIBS (Yale Institute of Biospheric Studies) Fellowship.

Yuan Yao's picture Yuan Yao, PhD

Professor



Dr. Yao's research is motivated by the increasing need for sustainable solutions that can support industrial development without compromising the environment or depleting the resources for future generations. Her research investigates how emerging technologies and industrial development will affect the environment. She uses interdisciplinary approaches in industrial ecology, sustainable engineering, and machine learning to develop systems analysis tools to support engineering and policy decisions towards sustainability. She develops new methods and integrated modeling frameworks to assess, advance, and optimize industrial systems for improved environmental and societal outcomes.

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.

Nicole Deziel's picture Nicole Deziel, PhD

Professor



Dr. Deziel obtained a Master’s of Industrial Hygiene and Doctorate in Environmental Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research involves applying statistical models, biomonitoring techniques, and environmental measurements to provide comprehensive and quantitative assessments of exposure to combinations of traditional and emerging environmental contaminants. Her exposure assessment strategies aim to reduce exposure misclassification for epidemiologic studies, advancing understanding of relationships between of exposure to environmental chemicals and risk of cancer and other adverse health outcomes.

Krystal Pollitt's picture Krystal Pollitt, PhD

Professor



Dr. Pollitt’s research explores the human exposome through characterisation of environmental and biological samples using analytical and mass spectrometry (MS) techniques. Her group has developed various mass spectrometry (ICP-MS, LC-MS and GC-MS) to measure exposure to complex mixtures of trace elements and organic compounds. She has applied these exposure assessment methods in numerous in epidemiological studies.

Students
Mark Falinski's picture Mark Falinski

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

Lauren Pincus's picture Lauren Pincus

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

Holly Rudel's picture Holly Rudel

Holly is a first year in the Zimmerman lab researching the correlation between structure and function in nanoscale metal-oxides.

Camrynn Fausey's picture Camrynn Fausey, M.S.

Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University



Cammie is a fourth-year in both Professor Elimelech and Professor Zimmerman’s research groups in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University.

Urvi Tataly's picture Urvi Tataly, MBA

Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of the Environment.



Urvi is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of the Environment. She is interested in green chemistry, industrial ecology and corporate sustainability and the role businesses have to play in mitigating climate change. She serves as a Specialization Coordinator for the Industrial Ecology and Green Chemistry Specialization and is a leader of the Industrial Ecology student interest group. Before coming to Yale, she has interned with various organizations including UN Environment. She has a Bachelors degree in chemical engineering and an MBA from NMIMS University in India.

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

Candidate for Master of Environmental Science, 2019

Mary Kate Mitchell Lane's picture Mary Kate Mitchell Lane

Ph.D Student, Chemical & Environmental Engineering

Julia Nojeim's picture Julia Nojeim, B.S.

Master of Environmental Management candidate specializing in Industrial Ecology and Green Chemistry



Julia is a second-year Master of Environmental Management candidate specializing in Industrial Ecology and Green Chemistry. In addition to being a Specialization Coordinator, she is also a leader of the Industrial Ecology student interest group and a facilitator for the Greenlight consulting club. Her interests involve finding ways to embed green chemistry into a circular economy, especially pertaining to water quality. Julia graduated from Fairfield University in 2019 with a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies and has done prior work with urban agriculture, electric vehicles, and sustainability in higher education.