Shasha Yang


Shasha Yang is currently a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University under the supervision of Professor Jaehong Kim. Shasha obtained her Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Clarkson University in 2023 (supervisor: Professor Yang Yang). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing in 2018.

Current Research Topic and Achievements

My postdoctoral research focuses on improving system design for the electrochemical synthesis of H2O2 and its application in destroying 1,4-Dioxane in ground water. My Ph.D. research focused on developing novel electro-catalysts and electrode structures to address mass transfer, selectivity, and disinfection byproducts (DBPs) challenges during electrochemical oxidation of emerging contaminants (e.g., harmful algal blooms and PFAS). I have published six peer-reviewed articles (including three first-author papers) in Environmental Science & Technology and one was featured as the front cover and the “Editor’s Choice” of ES&T Engineering. The work of harmful algal blooms mitigation was featured on the local news and the student spotlight on International Filtration News (IFN).

Career Goal in 5-10 Years

In the next 5-10 years, I envision myself as a professional in environmental engineering, equipped with strong leadership and mentorship capabilities. I am preparing myself for both the academic and industry aspects of my career. Leveraging my expertise in analytical chemistry, I aim to make significant contributions to the field by identifying emerging contaminants in our water systems and addressing them proactively. Building upon the foundation of my Ph.D. research, I will persistently seek solutions enabling electrochemical methods to serve as a practical, robust, and cost-effective technology for water treatment. As an environmental engineer, I am dedicated to bridging the gap between bench-scale studies and real-world engineering applications. My goal is to ensure that cutting-edge technologies move beyond theoretical concepts and find effective implementation, making a lasting impact in environmental engineering.

Fun Fact

Throughout my five-year Ph.D. study, my daily routine began with turning on the speaker, energizing the lab with my favorite playlist, and setting a positive tone for the day's research.