Ph.D. Students

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Aditya Prajapati

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Ph.D. : Fall 2016 - Fall 2021

Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Thesis: Artificial Photosynthesis for Conversion of Water and Carbon Dioxide to Renewable Fuels

Awards:

  • 2018 TA of the year award from the Department of Chemistry

  • 2019 Provost's Graduate Research Award

  • 2019 Award for Graduate Research

  • 2021 CoE Graduate Student Award

  • 2019 AIChE CRE Travel Award

  • 2020 AIChE Environmental Division Best Student Paper Award

Project Description:

  • Development of low overpotential, stable and selective electrocatalysts for CO2RR

  • Characterization of catalysts, membrane and light absorbers

  • Development of test-beds and prototypes of artificial photosynthetic systems

  • Mathematical modeling and simulation of electrochemical cells

Background:

  • M. S. in Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India (2016)

  • B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering, SV National Insititute of Technology, Surat, India (2013)

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Paria Coliaie

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Ph.D. : Fall 2016 - Fall 2021

 

Current Position: Senior Scientist-1 at AbbVie Pharmaceuticals

Thesis: Microfluidic Platforms for High-Throughput Screening of Pharmaceutical Compounds

Awards:

  • 2018 Chancellor’s Student Service Award

  • 2020 Provost’s Graduate Research Award

  • 2020 Provost’s Graduate Internship Award

  • 2020 AIChE Women in Chemical Engineering (WIC) Travel Award

Project Description:

  • Development of microfluidic Lab-on-a-Chip platforms for pharmaceuticals

  • High-throughput screening of crystal growth, nucleation and polymorphs

  • Multi-scale modeling and simulation

Background:

  • B. Sc. in Chemical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran (2016)

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Anish V. Dighe

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Ph.D. and M.S. : Fall 2016 - Fall 2021

 

Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

 

Thesis: Controlling Self-Assembly of Molecules for Directed Nucleation and Growth of Pharmaceutical Polymorphs

Awards:

  • 2019 Provost’s Graduate Research Award

  • 2021 Award for Graduate Research

  • 2021 AIChE Separation Division Graduate Student Research Award

Project Description:

  • Multi-scale modeling and simulation of self-assembly of rigid molecules

  • Mechanistic modeling of crystal growth rate and nucleation rate

  • Experimental validation using microfluidic platforms

Background:

  • B. Tech. in Biotechnology, Sinhgad College of Engineering, Pune, India (2016)

M.S. Students

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Ragavendra Hari

M.S. Non-Thesis ( Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

Background:

  • B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering, SRM University, Chennai, India (2016)

Project Description:

  • Analysis of Particle Breakage

Current Position:

  • R&D Technician at PepsiCo

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Victoria Smith

M.S. Non-Thesis (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

Background:

  • B. A. in Chemistry, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania, US (2015)

Project Description:

  • Development of Electrocatalysts for Dinitrogen Conversion

Current Position:

  • Engineer at Siemens

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Michael Zepeda

M.S. (Spring 2020 - Spring 2021)

Project Description:

  • Phase-field simulation of Li-dendrite growth

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Sihang Chen

M.S. (Spring 2020 - Spring 2021)

Project Description:

  • Discrete element modeling of dendrite growth in solid-state electrolytes

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Rabia Ali

M.S. (Spring 2021 - Spring 2022)

Background:

  • B.S in Industrial Chemistry, NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan (2015-2019)

Project Description:

  • Post-fabrication processes of the 3D-printed microfluidic devices.

  • Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) experiments for the batch sensitivity measurements of different metals.

  • Growth rate measurement using the continuous-flow microfluidic device and the detection of the liquid-liquid phase separation boundaries.

Research Associates

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Carrie Schoeneberger

Research Topic: Electrochemical Oxidation of Ethane to Ethanol

Background:

  • B. S. E. in Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA (2015)

Project Description:

  • Design, synthesis and evaluation of electrocatalysts for oxidation of Ethane

Current Position:

  • Ph.D. Candidate at Northwestern University

Undergraduate Students

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Sanjana Epari

Research Topic: Mechanism of Bone Remineralization

Background:

  • B. S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, USA (2019)

Project Description:

  • Mechanism of bone regeneration using implants and scaffolds

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Grzegorz Kokoszka

Research Topic: Transport Analysis of MEA for Integrated Carbon Capture and Reduction

Background:

  • B. S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, USA (2018)

Project Description:

  • Membrane electrode assembly for integrated carbon capture and reduction

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Emily Yolo

Research Topic: Solar-Driven Water Purification and Hydrogen Production

Background:

  • B. S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, USA (2018)

  • Associate of Science, Rock Valley College, IL - 2015

Project Description:

  • Design of solar-driven electrochemical system for simultaneous desalination of water and hydrogen production

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Rosanna Granata

Research Topic: Design of a 500 MW Carbon-Neutral Thermal Power Plant

Background:

  • B. S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, USA (2017)

Project Description:

  • Design of CO2 reduction unit to utilize waste heat and CO2 from the thermal power plant

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Qinyang Fang

Research Topic: Electrochemical Oxidation of Phenol to Gaseous Fuels

Background:

  • B. S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, USA (2020)

Project Description:

  • Electrochemical oxidation of phenolic compounds to hydrocarbons

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Karthikayini Thiyagarajan

Research Topic: High Throughput Screening

Background:

  • B.S. in Biology, Loyola University, Chicago, IL (2025 - Expected)

Project Description:

  • High Throughput Screening of Activity of CO2 reduction catalysts

  • High Throughput Screening of Electrochemical Synthesis of Metal Organic Frameworks

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Vir Trivedi

Research Topic: High Throughput Screening

Background:

  • B.S. in Bioinformatics, Loyola University, Chicago, IL (2025 - Expected)

Project Description:

  • High Throughput Screening of Activity of CO2 reduction catalysts

  • High Throughput Screening of Electrochemical Synthesis of Metal Organic Frameworks

High School Students

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Christopher Kull

Research Topic: Computer-Aided Design and 3D Printing of Heat Exchanger, Distillation Column, Cyclone Separator, and Reactor

Background:

  • Senior High School Student, St. Ignatius College Prep (2017)

Project Description:

  • CAD and 3D Printing of Chemical Engineering Equipments

Project Duration:

  • May 2017 - July 2017

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Mary L. Dekold

Research Topic: Computer-Aided Design and 3D Printing of Heat Exchanger, Distillation Column, Cyclone Separator, and Reactor

Background:

  • Graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep (2017)

Project Description:

  • CAD and 3D Printing of Chemical Engineering Equipment

Project Duration:

  • May 2017 - July 2017

Current Position:

  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame