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Ethan Novek

Founder and CEO

Ethan’s primary focuses are capturing and converting carbon dioxide and harnessing untapped, sustainable energy resources. Ethan is an independent Research Fellow at the Elimelech Research Group and Yale University’s Dept. of Chemical & Environmental Engineering. He has seven patents and many awards, including 1st Place at Intel ISEF At 17 years old, Ethan is technically a senior at Greenwich High School in Connecticut. Ethan self – studied his Junior and Senior Years in High School at Yale to devote himself full-time to developing his CO2 capture and conversion inventions. This past year, Ethan has spoken at GreenBiz, the Tallisen West Walton Sustainability Solutions Festival, and was interviewed on CBS.

Equipment and Instrumentation

During the last decade, Evyatar Shaulsky has been working as an engineer and a programmer. Four years ago he moved with his wife to US from Israel. For the last three and a half years he has been working as a researcher in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. During this time, he has published four papers in Journals, including ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces and Environmental Science & Technology. He currently has two papers in submission. Evyatar's research interests are material science, system engineering and system modeling.

Evyatar Shaulsky

Nanomaterials and Catalysis

Zachary Fishman

Zachary Fishman is a 5th year graduate student in the chemical and environmental engineering department at Yale University. His work touches on the fields of catalysis, nanomaterials, electronics, solar energy, fuel cells, and beyond. In his recent work he has shown how small changes in copper oxide nanosheets can be used to alter their optical properties and optimize their reactivity. In other work, he has synthesized iron oxide nanoparticles, nanorods, and nanosheets and shown staggeringly high CO2 conversion (up to 55%) and CO selectivity (>99%) via the reverse water gas shift reaction under atmospheric pressure. In the future he plans to explore new catalytic processes involving alkyl chlorides and new catalysts such as nanometal sulfides for CO2 conversion into synthesis gas and other value added products.

Menachem Elimelech

Chief Advisor

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, (ii) sustainable production of water and energy generation, (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.

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