Lea R. Winter


Winter Lab
Assistant Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering
Office Address:
17 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06520
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 208286
New Haven, CT 06520
Email: lea.winter@yale.edu
  • Ph.D., Columbia University
  • B.S., Yale University


  • Electrified processes at the food, energy, water, and climate nexus
  • Sustainable and circularized conversion of CO2 into chemicals and fuels
  • Green nitrogen fixation to fertilizers and nitrogen-based fuels
  • Transformation of wastewater into useful products and fit-for-purpose water
  • Plasma chemistry, electrochemistry, heterogeneous catalysis

Selected Awards & Honors:

  • Caltech Young Investigators Lecture Series Award (2022)
  • Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship (2020)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2015)
  • AIChE Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division Travel Award (2019)
  • North American Catalysis Society NAM26 Kokes Award (2019)
  • TA Excellence Award in Chemical Engineering, Columbia University (2018) 
  • NSF Participant Award, Gordon Research Conference: Plasma Processing Science (2018) 
  • Catalysis Society of Metropolitan New York Annual Symposium First Place Poster Award (2018)
  • Fu Foundation SEAS Grossman Scholar, Columbia University (2018)
  • Pesco Award, Columbia University (2015)
  • Journal of International Affairs Andrew Wellington Cordier Essay Winner, Columbia University (2015) 

Selected Publications:

  • Biswas, A.N.,# Winter, L.R.,#,* Loenders, B., Xie, Z., Bogaerts, A.,* Chen, J.G.* “Oxygenate production from plasma-activated reaction of CO2 and ethane,” ACS Energy Letters 2022, 7: 236–241, doi: 10.1021/acsenergylett.1c02355. (#equal contribution)
  • Sun, M.,* Wang, X.,* Winter, L.R., Zhao, Y., Ma, W., Hedtke, T., Kim, J.-H., Elimelech, M.* “Electrified membranes for water treatment applications,” ACS ES&T Engineering 2021, 1: 725–752, doi: 10.1021/acsestengg.1c00015. (#equal contribution)
  • Jang, J.-S.,# Winter, L.R.,# Kim, C., Fortner, J.D., Elimelech, M. “High precision separation membranes for selective environmental gas sensors,” Trends in Chemistry 2021, 3: 547–560, doi: 10.1016/j.trechm.2021.04.005. (#equal contribution)
  • Winter, L.R., Chen, J.G.* “N2 fixation by plasma-activated processes,” Joule 2021, 5: 300–315, doi: 10.1016/j.joule.2020.11.009.
  • Xie, Z., Winter, L.R., Chen, J.G.* “Bimetallic-derived catalysts and their application in simultaneous upgrading of CO2 and ethane,” Matter 2021, 4, 408–440, doi: 10.1016/j.matt.2020.11.013
  • Wang, Y., Winter, L.R., Chen, J.G.,* Yan, B.* “CO2 hydrogenation over heterogeneous catalysts at atmospheric pressure: from electronic properties to product selectivity,” Green Chemistry 2020, 23, 249–267, doi: 10.1039/D0GC03506H.
  • Winter, L.R., Ashford, B., Hong, J., Murphy, A.B.,* Chen, J.G.* “Identifying surface reaction intermediates in plasma catalytic ammonia synthesis,” ACS Catalysis 2020, 10, 14763–14774, doi: 10.1021/acscatal.0c03166.
  • Liu, S.,* Winter, L.R., Chen, J.G.* “Review of plasma-assisted catalysis for selective generation of oxygenates from CO2 and CH4,” ACS Catalysis. 2020, 10, 2855–2871, doi: 10.1021/acscatal.9b04811.
  • Winter, L.R., Chen, R., Chen, X., Chang, K., Liu, Z., Senanayake, S.D., Ebrahim, A., Chen, J.G.* “Elucidating the roles of metallic Ni and oxygen vacancies in CO2 hydrogenation over Ni/CeO2 using isotope exchange and in situ measurements,” Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 2019, 245, 360–366, doi: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.12.069
  • Winter, L.R., Gomez, E., Yan, B., Yao, S., Chen, J.G.* “Tuning Ni-catalyzed CO2 hydrogenation selectivity via Ni-ceria support interactions and Ni-Fe bimetallic formation,” Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 2018, 224, 442–450, doi: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2017.10.036
  • Da Silva, B., Zhang, M., Schelcher, G., Winter, L., Guyon, C., Tabeling, P., Bonn, D., Tatoulian, M.* “Study of the stability and hydrophilicity of plasma-modified microfluidic materials,” Plasma Processes and Polymers2017, 14, 1600034, doi: 10.1002/ppap.201600034.
  • Dana, A.G., Tvil, G., Winter, L.R., Shter, G.E., Grader, G.S.* “Pressure effect on combustion of aqueous urea ammonium nitrate alternative fuel,” Fuel. 2015, 159, 500–507, doi: 10.1016/j.fuel.2015.06.099.
  • Winter, L., “Fueling Oil Scarcity: Produced Scarcity and the Sociopolitical Fate of Renewable Energy,” Journal of International Affairs 2015, 69, 195–206, jstor: jinteaffa.69.1.195.

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