Assistant Professor, Chemical & Environmental Engineering Associate Director for Research, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale
Desiree Plata’s research seeks to maximize technology’s benefit to society while minimizing environmental impacts in industrially important practices through the use of geochemical tools and chemical mechanistic insights. Plata earned her doctoral degree in Chemical Oceanography and Environmental Chemistry from the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Joint Program in Oceanography and her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Union College in Schenectady, NY. Plata is a National Academy of Engineers Frontiers of Engineering Fellow, a two-time National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow, NSF CAREER Award winner, and Odebrecht-Braskem Award for Sustainable Development Winner. Plata is currently Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and Associate Director of Research at the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale University.