Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Director, Environmental Engineering Program
Roberto Goizueta Professor of Environmental and Chemical Engineering
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Professor Elimelech received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. In his first appointment, Elimelech served as professor and vice chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UCLA. Upon coming to Yale in 1998, he founded Yale's Environmental Engineering Program, of which he continues to serve as director.
Professor Elimelech’s research is in the general area of the water-energy nexus. Specifically, the research in his group involves: (i) membrane-based processes for energy-efficient desalination and wastewater reuse, (ii) sustainable production of water and energy generation with engineered osmosis, (iii) environmental applications and implications of nanomaterials, and (iv) water and sanitation in developing countries.
Professor Elimelech has received major awards in recognition of his research. Notable among these are the Eni Award for Protection of the Environment in 2015, election to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and the Clarke Prize for excellence in water research in 2005.
Professor Elimelech has authored more than 320 refereed journal publications, including invited review articles in Science and Nature, and is a co-author of the book Particle Deposition and Aggregation (1995). He is a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in two categories: Environment/Ecology and Chemistry.
Professor Elimelech has advised 33 Ph.D. students and 24 postdoctoral researchers, many of whom hold leading positions in academia and industry. In recognition of his excellence and dedication in teaching and mentoring, he received the W.M. Keck Foundation Engineering Teaching Excellence Award in 1994, the Yale University Graduate Mentoring Award in 2004, and the Yale University Postdoctoral Mentoring Prize in 2012.