Drew R. Gentner

Associate Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering and the Environment
Room / Office: Room 526
Office Address:
17 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 208263
New Haven, CT 06520
Phone: (203) 432-4382
Email: drew.gentner@yale.edu
  • Ph.D., UC Berkeley
  • B.S., Northwestern University


  • Emissions and physical/chemical processes of primary and secondary air pollution
  • Emissions, composition, and chemical evolution of complex organic mixtures in the atmosphere and indoor environments
  • Urban air quality
  • The role of non-combustion-related emissions (incl. volatile chemical products) of reactive organic carbon in urban air quality
  • Impacts of energy production/use on air quality, climate change, and public health
  • Novel instrumentation/methods to understanding spatiotemporal complexity and decipher complex organic mixtures

Selected Publications:

  • J.C. Ditto, E.B. Barnes, P. Khare, M. Takeuchi, T. Joo, A.A.T. Bui, J. Lee-Taylor, G. Eris, Y.Y. Chen, B. Aumont, J.L. Jimenez, N. Ng, D.R. Gentner (2018) "An Omnipresent Diversity and Variability in the Chemical Composition of Atmospheric Functionalized Organic Aerosol," Communications Chemistry. [Article highlighted in the Nature Research Chemistry Community]
  • P. Khare & D.R. Gentner (2018) "Considering the future of anthropogenic gas-phase organic compound emissions and the increasing influence of non-combustion sources on urban air quality," Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18 (8), 5391-5413. First published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions in Aug. 2017. [Article highlighted by journal]
  • R. Sheu, A. Marcotte, P. Khare, J.C. Ditto, S. Charan, D.R. Gentner* (2018) "Advances in offline approaches for chemically speciated measurements of trace gas-phase organic compounds via adsorbent tubes in an integrated sampling-to-analysis system," Journal of Chromatography A, 1575, 80-90.
  • D.R. Gentner*, S.H. Jathar, T.D. Gordon, R. Bahreini, D.A. Day, I. El Haddad, P.L. Hayes, S.M. Pieber, S.M. Platt, J.A. de Gouw, A.H. Goldstein, R.A. Harley, J.L. Jimenez, A.S.H. Prévôt, A.L. Robinson (2017) "Review of urban secondary organic aerosol formation from gasoline and diesel motor vehicle emissions," Environmental Science & Technology, 51 (3), 1074–1093.
  • B.C. McDonald, J.A. de Gouw, J.B. Gilman, S.H. Jathar, A. Akherati, C.D. Cappa, J.L. Jimenez, J. Lee-Taylor, P.L. Hayes, S.A. McKeen, Y.Y. Cui, S-W. Kim, D.R. Gentner, G. Isaacman-VanWertz, A.H. Goldstein, R.A. Harley, G.J. Frost, J.M. Roberts, T.B. Ryerson, M. Trainer (2018) "Volatile chemical products emerging as largest petrochemical source of urban organic emissions," Science, 359 (6377), 760-764, 10.1126/science.aaq0524.
  • J. Liggio, S.-M. Li, K. Hayden, Y.M. Taha, C. Stroud, A. Darlington, B.D. Drollette, M. Gordon, P. Lee, P. Liu, A. Leithead, S.G. Moussa, D. Wang, J. O'Brien, R.L. Mittermeier, J. Brook, G. Lu, R. Staebler, Y. Han, T. Tokarek, H. Osthoff, P.A. Makar, J. Zhang, D. Plata, and D.R. Gentner (2016) "Oil Sands Operations Are a Major Source of Secondary Organic Aerosols," Nature, 534, 91-94.
  • Elucidating secondary organic aerosol from diesel and gasoline vehicles through detailed characterization of organic carbon emissions D.R. Gentner, G. Isaacman, D.R. Worton, A.W.H. Chan, T.R. Dallmann, L. Davis, S. Liu, D.A. Day, L.M. Russell, K.R. Wilson, R. Weber, A. Guha, R.A. Harley, A.H. Goldstein (2012), Proceedings of the National Academy, 109 (45) 18318-18323.