Yael Dubowski

, Assoc. Prof.
Associate Professor
  • Environmental chemistry of persistent pollutants and agrochemicals
  • Photochemistry and heterogeneous chemistry of organic pollutants
  • Indoor and outdoor air pollution
  • Advanced oxidation for water treatment


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.



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



2016-present:  Academic director Technion International School – Civil Engineering Program

2013-present: Departmental and Faculty Committees for undergraduate studies

2012-2016:      Academic coordinator of Technion Environ. Eng. undergraduate program.

2009-2013:      Departmental Committee for graduate studies.

2006-2009:      Departmental and Faculty Committees for undergraduate studies.



Completed PhD theses

  1. 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. (Primary supervisor O. Lahav, Co-supervisor: Y. Dubowski).
  2. 2010, Michal Segal-Rozenhiemer, Environmental Fate of Semi-Volatile Pesticides in the Atmosphere: Implementation of FTIR techniques in the investigation of Heterogeneous Reactions. (Primary supervisor: Y. Dubowski, Co-supervisor: R. linker)
  3. 2010, Lauren Patrick, Interfacial oxidation of common indoor air pollutants: a case study of nicotine and linalool.
  4. 2013, Efrat Dinnerman, Fate of chlorpyrifos under semiarid conditions and its impact on chlorpyrifos loss from orchard soil surface. (Primary supervisor E. Friedler; Co-supervisor: Y. Dubowski).
  5. 2016, Oz Kira – Monitoring pesticide drift using Open-Path FTIR (Primary supervisor R. Linker, Co-supervisor: Y. Dubowski)
  6. 2017, Ohad Zivan – Primary and secondary pesticide drift under sub-humid climate. (Primary supervisor: Y. Dubowski , Co-supervisor Y. Buchbut-Raviv)
  7. 2017, 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. Expected completion 2014 (Primary supervisor A. Shaviv, Co-supervisor: Y. Dubowski).
  8. 2018, Yuval Alfiya – Personal care products (PCPs) as source for micropollutants in Greywater – Identification, quantification and on-site treatment (Primary supervisor: Y. Dubowski, Co-supervisor E. Friedler)


Completed M.Sc. theses

  1. 2009, Noam Latti – Special variance in the fraction of soluble organic carbon in aerosols in the Haifa region. (Primary supervisor D. Broday, Co-supervisor: Y. Dubowski).
  2. 2009, Baransi Katie – Effect of photocatalytic degradation and adsorption processes on the removal of phenolic compounds. (Primary supervisor Y. Dubowski, Co-Advisor: I. Sabbah)
  3. 2010, Liad Derri – Identification and quantification of odorous compounds in the National Water Carrier and the potential to remove them by activated carbon.
  4. 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). (Primary supervisor Y. Dubowski, Co-supervisor O. Lahav)
  5. 2011, Miriam Khodorkovsky – spatial and temporal distribution of selected pesticide and their derivatives in the streams in the Hula basin. (Primary supervisor Y. Dubowski, Co-advisor E. Friedler)
  6. 2011, Natalya Vasilkov – Decontamination of nerve agents using in-situ photooxidation.
  7. 2011, Alona Svidovsky – Adsorption and Desorption of Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) in Indoor Environment.
  8. 2012, Ohad Zivan – Organophosphates in Hula Basin: atmospheric levels, transport, degradation products.
  9. 2012, Dotan Charuh – FTIR spectroscopy as a tool for real-time monitoring of isotopically labeled N2O emission from soils. (Primary supervisor Y. Dubowski, Co-supervisor: A. Shaviv)
  10. 2013, Roni Greenberg Eitan – Removal of trihalomethane precursors by nanofilteraion in the Israeli National Water Carrier system. (Primary supervisor Y. Dubowski, Co-supervisor M. Rebhun)
  11. 2015, Adva Arnon – Detection of pesticide spray drift using active Open-Pass FTIR (Primary supervisor Y. Dubowski, Co-supervisor R. Linker)
  12. 2015, Adva Shalev – Removal of Triclosan from greywater by innovative V-UV/UVC process. (Primary supervisor: E. Friedler, Co-supervisor Y. Dubowski)
  13. 2016, Maisa Inibtawi– Brominated flame retardants in cars’ dust (Primary supervisor D. Broday, Co-supervisor Y. Dubowski)
  14. 2018, Ran Darzi – FTIR systems for tracking N2O and NH3 emission while testing nitrogen use efficiency in greenhouse experiments with advanced nitrogen fertilization (Primary supervisor Y. Dubowski, Co-supervisor A. Shaviv).
  15. 2019, Doron Kutzman – Assessing the impact of a polymeric spray drift retardant adjuvant on the reduction of airborne pesticides


PhD theses in progress

  1. 2017, Merav Barkat –Indoor vs outdoor concentrations of volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds in preschools at the Haifa Bay area.
  2. 2017, Batya Friezer – Reducing the area affected by wind-convected aerosols (Primary supervisor Y. Dubowski, Co-supervisor R. Richman)
  3. 2018, Ran Darzi – Hydrothermal liquefaction of plastic materials at subcritical water conditions (Primary supervisor Y. Dubowski, Co-supervisor R. Posmanik)
  4. 2018, Yaron Aviezer – Determining the efficiency and kinetics of super critical water oxidation on RO brine of secondary municipal effluents, for minimizing discharge of refractory organic species (Primary supervisor O. Lahav, Co-supervisor Y. Dubowski)


MSc theses in progress

  1. 2018 Debra Barki – Development of advanced V-UV oxidation process for the removal of organic materials from groundwater. Expected graduation 2020


Ph.D. (2001)    Photochemical transformations in Ice; Implications for the fate of chemical species

M.Sc.  (1996)   Stable Isotopes Paleolimnology of Lake Kinneret


Refereed papers in professional journals (Research students, employees and postdocs are italicized)

  1. Dubowski and M. R. Hoffmann “Photochemical transformations in ice: Implications for the fate of chemical species”, Geophysical Research Letters, 27, (20), 3321-3324, 2000.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Dubowski, J. Erez, M. Stiller. “Isotopic paleolimnology of Lake Kinneret” Limnology and Oceanography, 48 (1), 68-78, 2003.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Segal-Rosenheimer, Y. Dubowski “Heterogeneous Ozonolysis of Cypermethrin Using Real-Time Monitoring FTIR Techniques” Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 111 (31): 11682-11691, 2007.
  12. Yuval, D.M., Broday, Dubowski, “Allocation of routinely monitored mixing ratios of nitrogen oxides to their sources”, Environmental Science and Technology, 41 (21): 7215-7221, 2007.
  13. Petrick, Y. Dubowski, S. Klas, 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Petrick and Y. Dubowski. “Heterogeneous oxidation of squalene film by ozone under various indoor conditions” Indoor Air, 19 (5), 381-391, 2009.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Segal-Rosenheimer, R. Linker, and Y. Dubowski “Heterogeneous 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.
  20. 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 [1].
  21. Klas, Y. Dubowski, G. Pritosiwi, J. Gerth, W. Calmano and O. Lahav “Extent and Mechanism of Metal Ion Incorporation into Precipitated Ferrites. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 358 (2011) 129–135.
  22. 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.
  23. Dinerman, Y. Dubowski, and E. Friedler, “Fuel derived pollutants and boating activity patterns in the Sea of Galilee”. Journal of Environmental Management. 92 (2011) 3002-3010.
  24. Klas, Y. Dubowski, and O. Lahav “Chemical stability and extent of isomorphous substitution in ferrites precipitated under ambient temperatures”. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 193 (2011) 59-64.
  25. Baransi, Y. Dubowski, E. Sabbah “Synergetic effect between photocatalytic degradation and adsorption processes on the removal of phenolic compounds from olive mill wastewater”. Water Research. 46 (2012) 789-98.
  26. Olsson, M. Khodorkovsky, M. Gassmann, E. Friedler, M. Schneider and Y. Dubowski “Fate of pesticides and their transformation products: First Flush effects in a semiarid catchment”. CLEAN – Soil, Air, Water. 41 (2) (2013)134-142.
  27. M. Petrick, S. Sabach, Y. Dubowski “Degradation of Profanofos, a VX surrogate, on surfaces via in situ photo-oxidation” Environmental Science and Technology. 47 (2013) 8751−8758.
  28. Gassmann, M. Khodorkovsky, E. Friedler, Y. Dubowski, O. Olsson “Investigation of the impact of parameter uncertainty on the modeling of pesticides and transformation products at catchment scale. Environmental Modeling & Software. 51 (2014) 35-44.
  29. Dubowski, D. Harush, A. Shaviv, L. Stone, R. Linker “Real time monitoring of N2O emissions from agricultural soils using FTIR spectroscopy”. Soil Science Society of America Journal 78 (2014), 61-69.
  30. Kira, Y. Dubowski, R. Linker, “Reconstruction of passive open-path FTIR ambient spectra using meteorological measurements and its application for detection of aerosol cloud drift”. Optics Express, 23 (2015), A916-29.
  31. Fishler, P. Hofemeier, Y. Etzion, Y. Dubowski, and J. Sznitman “Particle dynamics and deposition in true-scale pulmonary acinar models”, Scientific Reports, 5 (2015) 14071.
  32. Zivan, M. Segal-Rosenheimer, Y. Dubowski.” Airborne Organophosphate Pesticides Drift in Mediterranean climate: the Importance of Secondary Drift”, Atmospheric Environment, 127, 155-162 (2016).
  33. Kira, R. Linker and Y. Dubowski “Detection and quantification of water-based aerosols using active open-path FTIR”, Scientific Reports. 6, (2016) 25110.
  34. Kira, R. Linker and Y. Dubowski “Estimating drift of airborne pesticides during orchard spraying using active Open Path FTIR”. Atmos. Environ. (2016) 142, 264–270.
  35. Lester, S. Sabach, O. Zivan, and Y. Dubowski “Key environmental processes affecting the fate of the insecticide chloropyrifos applied to leaves”, Chemosphere, (2017) 171, 74-80.
  36. , Burkholder, J. Abbatt, I. Barnes, et al. (12th out of 34 authors) “The Essential Role for Laboratory Studies in Atmospheric Chemistry” Environmental Science and Technology (2017) 51, 2519−2528.
  37. Alfiya, E. Friedler, J. Westphal, O. Olsson, Y. Dubowski, “Photodegradation of micropollutants using V-UV/UV-C processes; Triclosan as a model compound” Science of Total Environment (2017) 601, 397-404.
  38. Zivan, Y. Bohbot-Raviv, and Y. Dubowski “Primary and secondary pesticide drift profiles from a peach orchard”, Chemosphere (2017) 177, 303-310.
  39. H. Song, Y. Dubowski, and E. Friedler “Sorption and biodegradation of propylparaben in greywater by aerobic attached – growth biomass”, Science of Total Environment. (2017) 598, 925–930.
  40. Kira, Y. Dubowski and R. Linker “In-Situ Open Path FTIR measurements of the vertical profile of pesticide drift from common air-assisted orchard sprayers”, Biosystems Engineering, (2018) 169, 32-41.
  41. Dubowski, M. Inibtawi and D.M Broday “Seasonal Variations in Polybrominated Flame Retardants bound to Car Dust under Mediterranean Climate”, J. Environmental Science, (2018) 70, 124-132.
  42. Alfiya, Y. Dubowski and E. Friedler, Diurnal patterns of micropollutants concentrations in domestic greywater (2018), Urban Water Journal, 15 (5), 399-406.
  43. Dubowski R. Greenberg-Eitan, and M. Rebhun “Removal of Trihalomethanes Precursors by Nanofiltration in Low SUVA Drinking Water” (2018) Water10 (10), 1370-1381.
  44. Kira, A. Shaviv, and Y. Dubowski “direct tracing of NH3 and N2O emissions associated with urea fertilization approaches, using static incubation cells” (2019) Science of Total Environment, 661, 75-85.
  45. Kira, M. Bareket, S. Sabach, and Y.Dubowski “Volatile Organic Compound emissions from polyurethane mattresses under variable environmental conditions” (2019) Environmental Science and Technology, 53, 15, 9171-9180 [2]
  46. Dubowski, Y. Alfiya, Y. Gilboa, S. Sabach, and E. Friedler. “Removal of organic micropollutants from biologically treated greywater using continuous-flow vacuum-UV/UVC photo-reactor” (2020) Environmental Science and Pollution Research 27, 7578–7587
  47. Richman and Y. Dubowski. “Gaseous pollutant transport from an underground parking garage in a Mediterranean multi-story building – Effect of temporal resolution under varying weather conditions “. (2021) Building simulation, doi.org/10.1007/s12273-020-0757-4.
  48. Katzman, Y. Bohbut-Raviv, and Y. Dubowski “Does polyacrylamide-based adjuvant actually reduce primary drift of airborne pesticides?” (2021) Science of the Total Environment 775, 145816
  49. Kira, Y. Dubowski, and A. Shaviv “Concomitant tracking of NH3, N2O and soil mineral-N using dynamic incubation cells to enhance sustainability of field urea fertilization approaches”. Tentatively accepted.
  50. Barki, S. Sabach and Dubowski. “Removal of chlorinated organic pollutants from groundwater using V-UV based advanced oxidation process” submitted.

[1] Selected for publication in a press release of the American Chemical Society (January 2011) and in the research highlights of Nature (V. 470, p. 439, 2011). Was among the 10 most read articles from Environmental Science & Technology in first quarter of 2011.   [2] Selected for publication in a press release of the ES&T Journal (July 2019)