Menachem Elimelech, Ph.D

Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering
Director, Environmental Engineering Program
Professor Elimelech received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. As 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 was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and was awarded the Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize in 2005.
Professor Elimelech’s research interest include (i) environmental applications and implications of nanomatierals, (ii) membrane separations for desalination and water quality control, (iii) engineered osmosis for sutainable production of water and power, and (iv) water and sanitation in developing countries.
Professor Elimelech has authored more than 180 refereed jouranl publications and is a co-author of the book Particle Deposition and Aggregation (1995). He currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Colloids and Surfaces A, Desalination, Desalination and Water Treatment, Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Engineering Science, Journal of Membrane Science, Langmuir, and Separation Science and Technology.
Professor Elimelech has advised 27 Ph.D. students and 18 postdoctoral  researchers. He has recevied the W.M. Keck Foundation Engineering Teaching Excellence Award in 1994 and the Yale University Graduate Mentor Award in 2004.
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