Julianne Rolf

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Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University

M.Phil. Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University, 2020

M.S. Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University, 2018

B.S. Environmental Engineering, University of California, Riverside, 2016

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Julianne is a fifth-year student in Prof. Menachem Elimelech’s research group in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering.


Originally from California, she holds a true commitment towards water quality and resources.  Julianne completed her B.S. at the University of California, Riverside, where she gained hands-on experience as an undergraduate researcher focusing on electrically-conductive carbon-nanotube membranes for organic and highly saline water. Following her B.S., she spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in the northeast region of Germany.  She analyzed lake trophic status, cyanobacteria concentrations, and their impact on the temporal sequence of calcite precipitation using data collected at twelve sample sites for over 40 years. 


Julianne’s research interests at Yale have expanded to include pre-treatment chemicals and polymer synthesis. Moreover, she focuses on modifying membrane surface morphology to increase water recovery during industrial treatment processes. During her Ph.D. work, she is centering her work on antiscalant mechanisms and effectiveness with membrane processes.


Outside the lab, Julianne enjoys teaching environmental engineering to high school students via EduExplora and participating in various outdoor activities, including traveling, hiking through the Connecticut hills with her friends, playing softball, and watching football. Go Vikings!


pdfs and supporting information for group papers available on the main publications page.

  1. Rolf, J.*, Cao, T.*, Huang, X., Boo, C., Li, Q. & Elimelech, M. (2022). Inorganic scaling in membrane desalination: Models, mechanisms, and characterization methods. Environmental Science & Technology, 56(12), 7484-7511. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.2c01858

  2. Cao, T., Rolf, J., Wang, Z., Violet, C. and Elimelech, M. (2022). Distinct impacts of natural organic matter and colloidal particles on gypsum crystallization. Water Research, 218, 118500. DOI:10.1016/j.watres.2022.118500

  3. Sun, M., Boo, C., Shi, W., Rolf, J., Shaulsky, E., Cheng, W., Plata, D.L., Qu, J., & Elimelech, M. (2019). Engineering carbon nanotube forest superstructure for robust thermal desalination membranes. Advanced Functional Materials, p.1903125. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201903125                                                                                                                                        Front cover featured: DOI: doi/abs/10.1002/adfm.201970245

  4. Karanikola, V., Boo, C., Rolf, J., & Elimelech, M. (2018). Engineered slippery surface to mitigate gypsum scaling in membrane distillation for treatment of hypersaline industrial wastewaters. Environmental Science & Technology, 52(24), 14362-14370. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.8b04836

  5. Dudchenko, A. V., Chen, C., Cardenas, A., Rolf, J., & Jassby, D. (2017). Frequency-dependent stability of CNT Joule heaters in ionizable media and desalination processes. Nature Nanotechnology, 12(6), 557-563. DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2017.102

  6. Dudchenko, A. V., Rolf, J., Shi, L., Olivas, L., Duan, W., & Jassby, D. (2015). Coupling underwater superoleophobic membranes with magnetic pickering emulsions for fouling-free separation of crude oil/water mixtures: An experimental and theoretical study. ACS Nano, 9(10), 9930-9941. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b04880

  7. Dudchenko, A. V., Rolf, J., Russell, K., Duan, W., & Jassby, D. (2014). Organic fouling inhibition on electrically conducting carbon nanotube–polyvinyl alcohol composite ultrafiltration membranes. Journal of Membrane Science, 468, 1-10. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2014.05.041