Joseph J. Pignatello

Joseph J. Pignatello
Adjunct Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering
Room / Office: Mason M8
Office Address:
9 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 208286
New Haven, CT 06520
Phone: (203) 432-5511

Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley


Organic pollutants in soils and sediments in underground and aquatic environments; transport; adsorption mechanisms and kinetics; bioavailability; methods for remediation of contaminated soils and water including bioremediation, physical methods of removal, and advanced oxidation processes.

Selected Publications:

  • Characterization of Aromatic Compound Sorptive Interactions with Black Carbon (charcoal) Assisted by Graphite as a Model Sorbent, D. Zhu, Joseph J Pignatello, 2005, Environ. Sci. Technol., 39, 2033-2041.
  • Bench-scale Evaluation of In Situ Bioremediation Strategies for Soil at a Former Manufactured Gas Plant Site, J. Li, Joseph J Pignatello, B.F. Smets, D. Grasso, E. Monserrate, 2005, Environ. Toxicol. Chem., 24, 741-749.
  • History-dependent Sorption in Humic Acids and a Lignite in the Context of a Polymer Model for Natural Organic Matter, Y. Lu, Joseph J Pignatello, 2004, Environ. Sci. Technol..
  • Evidence for an Additional Oxidant in the Photo-Assisted Fenton Reaction, Joseph J Pignatello, D. Liu, P. Huston, 1999, Environ. Sci. Technol., 33, 1832-1839.

Selected Patents:

  • "Degradation of Pesticides by Ferric Reagents", 2075511, 2000
  • "Soil Decontamination by Ferric Chelates and Peroxide", 6,160,194, 2000
  • "Degradation of Pesticides by Ferric Reagents and Peroxide in the Presence of Light", 5,232,484, 1993