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Yael Dubowski, Associate Professor

Environmental, Water and Agricultural Engineering
Phone: +972-4-8295899
Fax: +972-4-8228898
Address: Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering Technion - Israel Institute of Technology Haifa 32000, Israel
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Research Interests  
Photochemistry and heterogeneous chemistry in the lower atmosphere.
Environmental chemistry of semivolatile organic pollutants (e.g., pesticides).
Indoor and outdoor air pollution.
Water chemistry


Academic degrees

2001    Ph.D.  Environmental Engineering Science,

                        California Institute of Technology.

1998    M.S.    M.S., Environmental Engineering Science,

                        California Institute of Technology.

1996    M.S.    Institute of Earth Sciences,

                        Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

1993    B.S.    Institute of Earth Sciences,

                        Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


Academic appointments

2012-present: Associated Professor

                         Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Technion, Israel

2005-2011      Senior lecturer

                         Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Technion, Israel

2004-2005      Assistant Specialist

                         Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, USA

2002-2004      Postdoctoral Scholar

                         Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, USA

2001-2002      Postdoctoral Scholar

                         Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Planetary Science, MIT, USA


Graduate Students




2010 Sivan Class, Removal of heavy metals by their stable incorporation into ferrites at ambient temperature: process development and modeling, and application to wastewater from a plating and galvanization industries.  (Principle advisor Dr. Ori Lahav).

2010 Michal Segal-Rozenhiemer, Environmental Fate of Semi-Volatile Pesticides in the Atmosphere: Implementation of FTIR techniques in the investigation of Heterogeneous Reactions. (Co-Advisor: Dr. Rafi linker)

2010 Lauren Patrick, Interfacial oxidation of common indoor air pollutants: a case study of nicotine and linalool.


2009 Noam Latti,  Special variance in the fraction of soluble organic carbon in aerosols in the Haifa region. (Principle advisor Dr. David Broday).

2009 Baransi Katie, removal of phenolic compounds. (Co-Advisor: Dr. Isam Sabbah)

2010 Liad Derri,  Identification and quantification of odorous compounds in the national Water Carrier and the potential to remove them by activated carbon.

2010  Elina Ofer-Rozovsky, Stabilization of the ferrite crystal as part of a process aimed at heavy metals removal from industrial wastes at ambient temperature (ATFP).

2011  Miriam Khodorkovsky, spatial and temporal distribution of selected pesticide and their derivatives in the streams in the Hula basin.  (Co-advisor Dr. Eran Friedler)

2011  Natalya Vasilkov, Decontamination of nerve agents using in-situ photooxidation.

2012  Alona Svidovsky Adsorption and Desorption Of Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) in Indoor Environment. Expected completion in 2011.

2012  Ohad Zivan Organophosphates in Hula Basin: atmospheric levels, transport, degradation products.

2012  Dotan Charuh - FTIR spectroscopy as a tool for real-time monitoring of isotopically labeled N2O emission from soils.


In progress


2008 Efrat Dinnerman, Multiphase transformation and transport of chlorpyrifos in orchards.  (Principle advisor Prof. Eran Friedler).

2010 Revital Tzolker - Real-time monitoring of N-species isotopes by FTIR spectroscopy; A novel tool to investigate short-term isotope dynamics and N2O formation in soil.  (Principle advisor Prof. Avi Shaviv).

2012 Ohad Zivan - Pesticide drift from agricultural fields - measurements and modeling.

2012 Oz Kira - Usage of Open Path FTIR in passive mode for the detection of toxic aerosols (Principle advisor Prof. Rafi linker)



2010  Roni Greenberg - Removal of THM precursors from drinking water using nanofilteraion.

2011 Adva Arnon - Detection of pesticide spray drift using active Open-Pass FTIR) (co-advisor Prof. Linker)





Publications (Theses)

M.S. (1996) Stable Isotopes Paleolimnology of Lake Kinneret
Ph.D. (2001) Photochemical transformations in Ice; Implications for the fate of chemical species

Publications (Peer-reviewed)

Dubowski Y., D. Harush, A. Shaviv, L. Stone, R. Linker. œReal time monitoring of N2O emissions from agricultural soils using FTIR spectroscopy. Submitted.
L. M. Petrick, S. Sabach, Y. Dubowski. œDegradation of Profanofos, a VX surrogate, on surfaces via in situ photo-oxidation (2013). Environmental Science and Technology. Accepted.
M. Gassmann, M. Khodorkovsky, E. Friedler, Y. Dubowski; O. Olsson. œInvestigation of the impact of parameter uncertainty on the modeling of pesticides and transformation products at catchment scale. (2013) Environmental Modeling & Software, Accepted
O. Olsson, M. Khodorkovsky, M. Gassmann, E. Friedler, M. Schneider and Y. Dubowski. œFate of pesticides and their transformation products: First Flush effects in a semiarid catchment. CLEAN - Soil, Air, Water. 41 (2) (2013)134-142.
K. Baransi, Y. Dubowski, E. Sabbah, œEffect of photocatalytic degradation and adsorption processes on the removal of phenolic compounds from olive mill wastewater. Water Research. 46 (2012) 789-98.
S. Klas, Y. Dubowski, and O. Lahav, œChemical stability and extent of isomorphous substitution in ferrites precipitated under ambient temperatures. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 193 (2011) 59-64.
E. Dinerman, Y. Dubowski, and E. Friedler, œFuel derived pollutants and boating activity patterns in the Sea of Galilee. Journal of Environmental Management. 92 (2011) 3002-3010.
L. Petrick, M. Sleiman, Y. Dubowski, L.A. Gundel, H. Destaillats, Tobacco smoke ageing in the presence of ozone: A room-sized study. Atmospheric Environment. 45 (28) (2011) 4959-4965.
S. Klas, Y. Dubowski, G. Pritosiwi, J. Gerth, W. Calmano and O. Lahav, œExtent and Mechanism of Metal Ion Incorporation into Precipitated Ferrites. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 358 (2011) 129-135.
L. Petrick, A. Savidovski, and Y. Dubowski, Third-hand Smoke: Heterogeneous Oxidation of Nicotine and Secondary Aerosol Formation in the Indoor Environment, Environmental Science and Technology. 45 (1): 328-333, 2011
M. Segal-Rosenheimer, R. Linker, and Y. Dubowski. œHeterogeneous oxidation of thin films and airborne cypermethrin by hydroxyl radicals and ozone: Applicability of laboratory results to realistic conditions. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 13 (2): 506-517, 2011.
L. Petrick, H. Destaillats, I. Zouev, S. Sabach and Y. Dubowski. Sorption, desorption, and surface oxidative fate of nicotine, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 12 (35): 10356-10364, 2010.
L. Petrick, H. Destaillats and Y. Dubowski. Surface oxidation of nicotine under various indoor parameters, Healthy Buildings International Conference proceeding, 2009.
M. Segal-Rosenheimer and Y. Dubowski " Photolysis of methyl-parathion thin films: products, kinetics and quantum yields under different atmospheric conditions, Journal of photochemistry and photobiology A: Chemistry, 209 (2-3): 193-202, 2010.
M. Segal-Rosenheimer, Y. Dubowski and R. Linker. "Extraction of optical constants from Mid-IR spectra of small aerosol particles" Journal quantitative spectroscopy and radiative transfer. 110: 415-426, 2009
L. Petrick and Y. Dubowski. "Heterogeneous oxidation of squalene film by ozone under various indoor conditions" Indoor Air, 19 (5), 2009.
M. Segal-Rosenheimer and Y. Dubowski "Photolysis of thin film of cypermethrin using in-situ FTIR monitoring; products, rates and quantum yields", Journal of photochemistry and photobiology A: Chemistry, 200 (2-3): 262-269, 2008
L. Petrick, Y. Dubowski, S. Klas, and O. Lahav, "Stable Incorporation of Co2+ into Ferrite Lattice at Ambient Temperature: Effect of Operational Parameters", Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 190 (1-4): 245-257, 2008.
Yuval, Broday, D.M., Dubowski, Y. "Source apportionment of NO2 using solely routine monitoring data", Environmental Science and Technology, 41 (21): 7215-7221, 2007.
M. Segal-Rosenheimer and Y. Dubowski "Heterogeneous Ozonolysis of Cypermethrin Using Real-Time Monitoring FTIR Techniques" Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 111 (31): 11682-11691, 2007.
T. M. McIntire, A. S. Lea, D. J. Gaspar, N. Jaitly, Y. Dubowski, Q. Li and B. J. Finlayson-Pitts. "Unusual aggregates from the oxidation of alkene self-assembled monolayers: a previously unrecognized mechanism for SAM ozonolysis?" Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 7 (20): 3605-3609, 2005.
Y. Dubowski, J. Vieceli, D. J. Tobias, A. Gomez, A. Lin, S.A. Nizkorodov, T. McIntire and B. J. Finlayson-Pitts. "The Interaction of Gas-Phase Ozone at 296 K with Unsaturated SAMs: A New Look at an Old System", Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 108 (47): 10473-10485, 2004.
Y. Dubowski, A.L. Sumner, E. J. Menke, D. Gaspar, J. T. Newberg, R. Hofmann, R. M. Penner, J. C. Hemminger, and B. J. Finlayson-Pitts. "Interaction of HNO3 and water with surfaces of environmental interest", Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 6, 3879-3888, 2004.
L. Sumner, E. J. Menke, Y. Dubowski, J. T. Newberg, R. M. Penner, J. C. Hemminger, L. M. Wingen, T. Brauers, and B. J. Finlayson-Pitts. "The nature of water on surfaces of laboratory systems and implications for heterogeneous chemistry in the troposphere", Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 6, 604-613, 2004.
Y. Dubowski, J. Erez, M. Stiller. "Isotopic paleolimnology of Lake Kinneret", Limnology and Oceanography, 48 (1), 68-78, 2003.
Y. Dubowski, A.J. Colussi, Christopher Boxe, M.R. Hoffmann. "Monotonic Increase of Nitrite Yields in the Photolysis of Nitrate in Ice and Water between 238 and 294 K", Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 106 (30), 6967-6971, 2002.
Y. Dubowski, A.J. Colussi, M.R. Hoffmann. "Nitrogen dioxide release in the 302 nm band photolysis of spray-frozen aqueous nitrate solutions. Atmospheric implications", Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 105 (20), 4928-2932, 2001.
Y. Erel, Y. Dubowski, L. Halicz, J. Erez, and A. Kaufman, "Lead concentrations and isotopic ratios in the sediments of the Sea of Galilee", Environmental. Science & Technology, 35, (2), 292-299, 2001.
Y. Dubowski and M. R. Hoffmann, "Photochemical transformations in ice: Implications for the fate of chemical species", Geophysical Research Letters, 27, (20), 3321-3324, 2000.

Publications (Scientific Reports)

2. M. Segal-Rosenheimer, Y. Dubowski, C. Jahn, K. Schֳ₪fer, R.Linker ג€œFeasibility study of detection of hazardous airborne pollutants using passive open-path FTIRג€ SPIE conference proceeding, 2010.
B. J. Finlayson-Pitts, L. M. Wingen, Yael Dubowski, K. A. Ramazan, A. M. Rivera-Figueroa, A. L. Sumner, D. Syomin, "Heterogeneous NOx Chemistry in Polluted Urban Atmospheres: Implications for the Formation of Particles and Ozone and Control Strategy Development", Final Report prepared for the California Air Resources Board and the California Environmental Protection Agency, Research Division, Contract 00-323, 143 p., January 2004.