Research Staff

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.