PhD Research - Joseph Palazzo

MS Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; BS Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Joe’s research focuses on how economic phenomena translate into environmental impacts in the context of recycling. One of the major potential benefits of recycling is its ability to displace primary material production. However, the quantification of this potential displacement is a complex research problem. Over the next few years, Joe will explore the interactions of secondary materials with competing materials and primary equivalents using a combination of material flow analysis and econometric methods. These new conceptual models are expected to have an impact on the field of industrial ecology as a whole. From a global perspective, the goal is to produce a more rigorous and realistic framework for the evaluation of end-of-life material management as it relates to life-cycle environmental impacts of consumer products.

Year Admitted:
Research Areas:
Industrial Ecology, Life Cycle Assessment, Corporate Environmental Management

Faculty Advisor: Roland Geyer

Office: Bren Hall 3031

Curriculum Vitae

Fellowship awards:

Deckers Outdoor Corporation Fellowship (2014)
Holbrook Foundation Fellowship, Institute for Energy Efficiency (2014)


Changizi, Mark, Romann Weber, Ritesh Kotecha, and Joseph Palazzo. "Are Wet-Induced Wrinkled Fingers Primate Rain Treads?" Brain, Behavior and Evolution 77.4 (2011): 286-90.

Krawicz, Alexandra, Joseph Palazzo, Gwo-Ching Wang, and Peter Dinolfo. "Layer-by-layer Assembly of Zn (II) and Ni (II) 5,10,15,20-tetra(4-ethynylphenyl)porphyrin Multilayers on Au Using Copper Catalyzed Azide-alkyne Cycloaddition." RSC Advances 2.19 (2012): 7513-522.

Gaire, Churamani, Joseph Palazzo, Ishwara Bhat, A. Goyal, Gwo-Ching Wang, and Toh-Ming Lu. "Low Temperature Epitaxial Growth of Ge on CaF2 Buffered Cube-textured Ni." Journal of Crystal Growth 343.1 (2012): 33-37