Experts by Expertise: Recycling and Waste

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  • Diana Aga.

    Diana Aga

    Director of the UB RENEW Institute

    Expertise: chemicals of emerging concern; industrial pollution; wastewater treatment; environmental impact of PFAS ("forever chemicals"), PCBs, PBDEs (flame retardants), pesticides, nanomaterials, antimicrobials, pharmaceuticals and personal care products; antibiotic resistance in the environment; target and non-target analysis; Great Lakes pollution

    Phone: 716-645-4220


  • Head shot of John D. Atkinson, University at Buffalo sustainability and air pollution expert.

    John D. Atkinson

    Associate Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

    Expertise: sustainability, greenhouse gas emissions, air and water pollution control, materials science and engineering, adsorption, life-cycle assessment

    Phone: 716-645-4001


  • Head shot of Ian Bradley, University at Buffalo wastewater treatment and algal bloom expert.

    Ian Bradley

    Assistant Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering 

    Expertise: wastewater treatment, algae, algal blooms in the Great Lakes and elsewhere

    Phone: 716-645-4004


  • Portrait of Susan Spierre Clark, University at Buffalo sustainability, climate change, infrastructure and community resilience expert.

    Susan Spierre Clark

    Assistant Professor of Environment and Sustainability

    Expertise: climate change and sustainable development; resilient infrastructure; power outages due to extreme events; sustainability education; community resilience

    Phone: 716-645-1403


  • Ning Dai.

    Ning Dai

    Associate Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental

    Expertise: wastewater reuse, disinfection and disinfection byproducts; seawater desalination; algal blooms; pesticides

    Phone: 716-645-4015


  • Headshot of Joseph Gardella Jr., industrial pollution and plastics expert.

    Joseph A. Gardella Jr.

    SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

    Expertise: industrial pollution; hazardous waste; microbeads; surface chemistry of plastics; controlled release of pharmaceuticals; wound healing; tissue engineering; STEM education

    Phone: 716-645-1499


  • Head shot of James Jensen.

    James N. Jensen

    Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

    Expertise: public water systems, drinking-water treatment, wastewater treatment

    Phone: 716-645-4007


  • Portrait of Y. Chris Li, University at Buffalo electrochemistry and waste conversion expert.

    Y. Chris Li

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry

    Expertise: electrochemistry, waste conversion, transforming greenhouse gases into useful products, chemistry of CO2, plastics

    Phone: 716-645-4285


  • Head shot of Haiqing Lin, University at Buffalo carbon capture expert.

    Haiqing Lin

    Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Expertise: separation science, carbon capture, water purification, polymers, materials science

    Phone: 716-645-1856


  • Portrait of Joan Linder, University at Buffalo art and drawing expert. Copyright Liz Linder Photography.

    Joan Linder

    Professor of Art

    Expertise: drawing, consumption and mass production, mundane objects, modern life, Love Canal and other toxic sites, environmental art, feminist art, power, public art

    Phone: 716-645-0539


  • Head shot of Elizabeth Mazzolini, University at Buffalo environmental studies, waste studies and consumerism expert.

    Elizabeth Mazzolini

    Associate Professor of English

    Expertise: Mountaineering deaths, climbing technology, consumerism, material culture, garbage, culture of waste

    Phone: 716-645-0691


  • Head shot of Alan Rabideau, University at Buffalo groundwater pollution and hazardous waste management expert.

    Alan Rabideau

    Professor and Chair of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

    Expertise: pollution, groundwater contamination, radioactive and hazardous waste management, mathematical modeling

    Phone: 716-645-4003


  • Portrait of Kang Sun, University at Buffalo air pollution and climate change expert.

    Kang Sun

    Assistant Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

    Expertise: air pollution, greenhouse gases, climate change, remote sensing, molecular spectroscopy

    Phone: 716-645-6167


  • Head shot of Aditya Vedantam, University at Buffalo sustainable sourcing and corporate sustainability expert.

    Aditya Vedantam

    Associate Professor of Operations Management and Strategy

    Expertise: sustainability in operations and supply chains; clean energy technologies; recycling; recycled content claims, including for plastics; apparel and other resale markets; eco-certifications

    Contact: Aditya Vedantam can be reached most quickly through Jackie Ghosen in the School of Management Communications Office at 716-645-2833 or

  • Portrait of Yinyin Ye, University at Buffalo environmental microbiology and wastewater disease surveillance expert.

    Yinyin Ye

    Assistant Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

    Expertise: surveillance and disinfection of pathogens in wastewater and the environment; wastewater-based disease monitoring; environmental microbiology; proteomics

    Phone: 716-645-4002