Principal Investigator

Yuan Yao, PhD

Associate Professor of Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Systems

Yale School of the Environment

Chemical & Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering & Applied Science

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Postdoctoral Scholars

Bingquan Zhang

Postdoctoral Scholar, Yale School of the Enviroment

Ph.D. in Bioenergy System Analysis, University of Groningen, Netherlands 

M.S in Plant Science, China Agricultural University, China

B.S. in Seed Science and Engineering, Shandong Agricultural University, China 

Zhengyin Piao
Postdoctoral Scholar, Yale School of the Environment

Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

M.S in Metallurgical Engineering, RWTH Aachen, Germany

B.E. in Metallurgical Engineering, University of Science and Technology, Beijing, China

Fan Yang 
Postdoctoral Scholar, Yale School of the Environment

Ph.D. in Life Cycle Assessment, University of Groningen. 

M.Sc. in Inorganic Chemistry, Nankai University

B.S. in Applied Chemistry, Jilin Agricultural University


Hannah Wang 

PhD student, Yale School of the Environment

Visiting scholar in Statistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.S in Forestry & Resource conservation (Biomaterial group), National Taiwan University

B.S in Psychology and Forestry & Resource conservation, National Taiwan University

Jennifer Kroeger

PhD Student, Yale School of the Environment

NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Baccalaureate Fellow, Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI)

B.A. in Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences from Rice University

Amma Asantewaa, Agyei Boakye

Ph.D. Student, Yale School of the Environment 

MEM, Yale School of the Environment

B.Sc. Chemical Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology 

Youyi Xu

PhD student, Yale School of the Environment

Visiting scholar in Duke Marine Laboratory

M.S. in International and Public Affairs (Energy & Environment), Columbia University

B.S in Environmental Science, Tianjin University

Mochen Liao

PhD student, Yale School of the Environment

M.S. Forest Biomaterials, North Carolina State University

B.S. Applied Chemistry, South China University of Technology

Tessa Lee

Research Assistant, Yale School of the Environment

Master of Environmental Science (MESc) ‘2023

BA (Hons) (Natural Science - Earth Science), University of Cambridge, UK

Konstantina Vasilakou

Visiting PhD Student, Yale School of the Environment

PhD Student, Department of Engineering Management, Faculty of Business & Economics, University of Antwerp

BEng & MEng in Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens


Kai Lan, Postdoctoral Scholar (2021-2023), PhD student at NCSU (2017-2020). Assistant Professor, NC State University

Rodrigo Buitrago, PhD student at NCSU (2018-2023). Postdoctoral Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory

Darlene Echeverria, PhD student at NCSU (2018 - 2022), Master student at NCSU (2017-2018). Advanced Chemical Engineer, Circular Economy Integration Team, Eastman

Zhenzhen Zhang, PhD student at NCSU (2017-2021). Data Scientist, Revibe.

Na Wu, Postdoctoral Scholar (2021-2023). Research Assistant Professor, Zhejiang University

Hardik Pokhrel, Research Assistant (2020-2021). Associate, Sol Systems. 

Meghana Kharod, Research Assistant (2020-2022). Associate Consultant, WSP USA

Group Photos

2024 GRC Industrial Ecology Conference in Switzerland

2024 End of Semester Celebration 

2024 Spring Party to Welcome Our Visiting Student Konstantina Vasilakou

2023 Celebration Dinner - Kai will join NCSU as an Assistant Professor and Hannah passed PhD qualifying exam!

2023 Fall Semester Gathering 

Yao Lab at ISIE Leiden, 2023 Summer

2023 Summer Hike

2023 Spring End of Semester Celebration 

2022 Fall Holiday Dinner

2022 Welcome new members and fall semester dinner

2022 Summer GRC Conference

GRC Conference 2022   

2022 Summer BBQ

2021 Holiday Dinner