Drew R. Gentner

Associate Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering; Associate Professor, School of 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, including secondary organic aerosol and ozone
  • Urban air quality
  • Emissions, composition, and chemical evolution of complex organic mixtures in the atmosphere and indoor environments
  • Non-traditional sources of reactive organic carbon (including volatile chemical products) and their role in air quality
  • Impacts of energy production and use
  • Novel instrumentation and methods to (a) examine spatiotemporal complexity of urban air quality (e.g., SEARCH network) and (b) decipher complex organic mixtures

Selected Publications:

  • 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, doi: 10.5194/acp-18-5391-2018.
  • P. Khare, J. Machesky, R. Soto, M. He, A.A. Presto, D.R. Gentner (2020) "Asphalt-related Emissions are a Major Missing Non-Traditional Source of Secondary Organic Aerosol Precursors," Science Advances, 6(36), doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abb9785.
  • R. Sheu, C. Stönner, J.C. Ditto, T. Klüpfel, J. Williams, D.R. Gentner (2020) "Human transport of third hand tobacco smoke: A prominent source of hazardous air pollutants into indoor non-smoking environments," Science Advances, 6 (10), doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aay4109.
  • K. T. Gillingham, P. Huang, C. Buehler, J. Peccia, D. R. Gentner (2021) "The Climate and Health Benefits from Intensive Building Energy Efficiency Improvements," Science Advances, 7 (34), doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abg0947.
  • H. Rogers, J.C. Ditto, D.R. Gentner (2020) "Evidence for impacts on surface-level air quality in the Northeastern U.S. from long-distance transport of smoke from North American fires during LISTOS 2018," Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 20 (2), 671-682, doi: 10.5194/acp-20-671-2020.
  • J.C. Ditto, M. He, T.N. Hass-Mitchell, S.G. Moussa, K. Hayden, S.-M. Li, J. Liggio, A. Leithead, P. Lee, M.J. Wheeler, J. Wentzell, D.R. Gentner (2021) "Atmospheric Evolution of Emissions from a Boreal Forest Fire: The Formation of Highly-Functionalized Oxygen-, Nitrogen-, and Sulfur-Containing Compounds," Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, doi: 10.5194/acp-2020-619.
  • J.C. Ditto, T. Joo, J.H. Slade, P.B. Shepson, N.L. Ng, D.R. Gentner (2020) "Nontargeted Tandem Mass Spectrometry Analysis Reveals Diversity and Variability in Aerosol Functional Groups across Multiple Sites, Seasons, and Times of Day," Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 7(2), 60-69, doi: 10.1021/acs.estlett.9b00702.
  • K.M. Skog, F. Xiong, H. Kawashima, E. Doyle, R. Soto, D.R. Gentner (2019) "Compact, Automated, Inexpensive, and Field-deployable Vacuum-Outlet Gas Chromatograph for Trace Concentration Gas-phase Organic Compounds," Analytical Chemistry, 91(2), 1318–1327, doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.8b03095.
  • C. Buehler, F. Xiong, M. Levy Zamora, K.M. Skog, J. Kohrman-Glaser, S. Colton, M. McNamara, K. Ryan, C. Redlich, M. Bartos, B. Wong, B. Kerkez, K. Koehler, D.R. Gentner (2021) "Stationary and Portable Multipollutant Monitors for High Spatiotemporal Resolution Air Quality Studies including Online Calibration," Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, doi: 10.5194/amt-14-995-2021.
  • 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, doi: 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, doi: 10.1038/nature17646.
  • 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, doi: 10.1021/acs.est.6b04509.
  • 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) "Elucidating secondary organic aerosol from diesel and gasoline vehicles through detailed characterization of organic carbon emissions," Proceedings of the National Academy, 109 (45) 18318-18323, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1212272109.