Areas of Specialization

 

Energy | Environmental | Biochemical | Advanced Computations | Process Systems Engineering | Catalysis | Materials

 

Energy

DR. CHRISTOPHER G. ARGES

Current Research: Advanced materials for electrochemical processes used in the water-energy nexus – water treatment and energy storage and conversion; integration of advanced materials into electrochemical processes; investigation of material and system performance using advanced metrology and in-situ diagnostics


DR. MICHAEL G. BENTON

Current Research: Genomics – the role of DNA damage response in cancer prevention; biosensors for the enhanced detection of carcinogens; metabolic engineering of yeasts for increased ethanol production

DR. BHUVNESH BHARTI

Current Research: Nanoscience; colloids and surface science; soft matter and complex fluids

DR. KUNLUN DING

Current Research: Catalysis; materials chemistry; spectroscopy

DR. KERRY M. DOOLEY

Current Research: Catalysis – supported acids and mixed metal oxides; synthesis/characterization – rare earth oxide catalysts and energetic material/catalyst composite materials; hydrogenation/dehydrogenation


DR. JAMES A. DORMAN

Current Research: Nanostructure synthesis; charge recombination kinetics (light-emitting diodes, photocatalysis); defect engineering in metal oxides (supercapacitors); semiconductor engineering (photovoltaics); hybrid solar cells


DR. JOHN C. FLAKE

Current Research: Electrochemical processes and materials; energy storage technology – electrocatalysts for CO2 reduction and materials for lithium batteries


DR. GREGORY G. GRIFFIN

Current Research: Preparing improved electrodes for electrochemical conversion of CO2 into usable fuels and chemicals; colloidal and electrochemical methods for preparing nanoparticle electrodes


DR. KRISHNASWAMY NANDAKUMAR

Current Research: Integrating multi-scale, multi-physics processes to understand the impact of turbulent transport on mass transfer and reaction processes - focusing on the design of a novel bio-reactor and a bubble column; modeling of near well transport processes in the presence of surfactants using multiphase CFD to understand the impact of deep water oil spills; using DNS and DPM framework to study fundamental problems of spontaneous pattern formation and dynamics of fluid-particle suspensions; driven cavity problem of granular flows, suspension dynamics, bubble column dynamics, fractal distributors and mixers, multiphase coalescers, in-situ pyrolysis of shale deposits


DR. WILLIAM A. SHELTON

Current Research: Catalysis; alloy theory; chemistry – surface science


DR. JAMES J. SPIVEY

Current Research: Catalytic conversion of syngas into clean fuels; fuel processing; C1 catalysis—methane conversion; biomass-derived syngas to higher hydrocarbons and oxygenates; fuel reforming


DR. MARY JULIA (JUDY) WORNAT

Current Research: High-temperature fuel-conversion processes such as pyrolysis and combustion; formation of environmental pollutants such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and soot; gas-phase, heterogeneous, and supercritical-phase reactions; analytical techniques for the compositional determination of complex organic mixtures


DR. YE XU

Current Research: Theoretical and computational investigation of surface chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, and reaction mechanisms; computational heterogeneous catalysis and electrocatalysis; rational design of catalytic materials; energy conversion and storage

 

Environmental

DR. BHUVNESH BHARTI

Current Research: Nanoscience; colloids and surface science; soft matter and complex fluids

DR. JAMES A. DORMAN

Current Research: Nanostructure synthesis; charge recombination kinetics (light-emitting diodes, photocatalysis); defect engineering in metal oxides (supercapacitors); semiconductor engineering (photovoltaics); hybrid solar cells


DR. KEVIN M. MCPEAK

Current Research: Photocatalysis; plasmonic materials; nanoscale chirality


DR. ADAM T. MELVIN

Current Research: A multidisciplinary approach in the development and implementation of new technologies and methods to assess biological phenomena using engineering principles: peptide biosensor development; microfluidics; single cell analysis and tracking; quantifications of ubiquitin-proteasome kinetics, algal growth and migration dynamics; environmental chemodynamics


DR. KRISHNASWAMY NANDAKUMAR

Current Research: Integrating multi-scale, multi-physics processes to understand the impact of turbulent transport on mass transfer and reaction processes - focusing on the design of a novel bio-reactor and a bubble column; modeling of near well transport processes in the presence of surfactants using multiphase CFD to understand the impact of deep water oil spills; using DNS and DPM framework to study fundamental problems of spontaneous pattern formation and dynamics of fluid-particle suspensions; driven cavity problem of granular flows, suspension dynamics, bubble column dynamics, fractal distributors and mixers, multiphase coalescers, in-situ pyrolysis of shale deposits


DR. KARSTEN E. THOMPSON

Current Research: Porous materials—microscale fluid mechanics, interfacial and multiphase behavior, dispersion, solute and particle transport; materials processing; oilfield processes; environmental transport; separations; developing computational modeling techniques, particularly for pore-scale and multiscale modeling


DR. KALLIAT T. VALSARAJ

Current Research: Transformations of pollutants on atmospheric aerosols – fog, rain, ice, snow; mercury sequestration in sediments; studies on chemical dispersant design for sub-sea oil/gas spill


DR. MARY JULIA (JUDY) WORNAT

Current Research: High-temperature fuel-conversion processes such as pyrolysis and combustion; formation of environmental pollutants such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and soot; gas-phase, heterogeneous, and supercritical-phase reactions; analytical techniques for the compositional determination of complex organic mixtures

 

Biochemical

DR. MICHAEL G. BENTON

Current Research: Genomics – the role of DNA damage response in cancer prevention; biosensors for the enhanced detection of carcinogens; metabolic engineering of yeasts for increased ethanol production


DR. ADAM T. MELVIN

Current Research: A multidisciplinary approach in the development and implementation of new technologies and methods to assess biological phenomena using engineering principles: peptide biosensor development; microfluidics; single cell analysis and tracking; quantifications of ubiquitin-proteasome kinetics, algal growth and migration dynamics; environmental chemodynamics

 

Advanced Computations

DR. BHUVNESH BHARTI

Current Research: Nanoscience; colloids and surface science; soft matter and complex fluids

DR. KRISHNASWAMY NANDAKUMAR

Current Research: Integrating multi-scale, multi-physics processes to understand the impact of turbulent transport on mass transfer and reaction processes - focusing on the design of a novel bio-reactor and a bubble column; modeling of near well transport processes in the presence of surfactants using multiphase CFD to understand the impact of deep water oil spills; using DNS and DPM framework to study fundamental problems of spontaneous pattern formation and dynamics of fluid-particle suspensions; driven cavity problem of granular flows, suspension dynamics, bubble column dynamics, fractal distributors and mixers, multiphase coalescers, in-situ pyrolysis of shale deposits


DR. JOSE A. ROMAGNOLI

Current Research: Process Systems Engineering (PSE); advanced multi-scale modelling architectures for complex processes; advanced multiresolution image analysis and characterization techniques; design and synthesis with economic-environmental-operability considerations; intelligent data processing, reconciliation, monitoring; advanced process control; enterprise-wide optimization


DR. WILLIAM A. SHELTON

Current Research: Catalysis; alloy theory; chemistry – surface science


DR. KARSTEN E. THOMPSON

Current Research: Porous materials—microscale fluid mechanics, interfacial and multiphase behavior, dispersion, solute and particle transport; materials processing; oilfield processes; environmental transport; separations; developing computational modeling techniques, particularly for pore-scale and multiscale modeling


DR. YE XU

Current Research: Theoretical and computational investigation of surface chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, and reaction mechanisms; computational heterogeneous catalysis and electrocatalysis; rational design of catalytic materials; energy conversion and storage

 

Process Systems Engineering

DR. JOSE A. ROMAGNOLI

Current Research: Process Systems Engineering (PSE); advanced multi-scale modelling architectures for complex processes; advanced multiresolution image analysis and characterization techniques; design and synthesis with economic-environmental-operability considerations; intelligent data processing, reconciliation, monitoring; advanced process control; enterprise-wide optimization

 

Catalysis

DR. KUNLUN DING

Current Research: Catalysis; materials chemistry; spectroscopy


DR. KERRY M. DOOLEY

Current Research: Catalysis – supported acids and mixed metal oxides; synthesis/characterization – rare earth oxide catalysts and energetic material/catalyst composite materials; hydrogenation/dehydrogenation


DR. JAMES A. DORMAN

Current Research: Nanostructure synthesis; charge recombination kinetics (light-emitting diodes, photocatalysis); defect engineering in metal oxides (supercapacitors); semiconductor engineering (photovoltaics); hybrid solar cells


DR. JOHN C. FLAKE

Current Research: Electrochemical processes and materials; energy storage technology – electrocatalysts for CO2 reduction and materials for lithium batteries


DR. GREGORY G. GRIFFIN

Current Research: Preparing improved electrodes for electrochemical conversion of CO2 into usable fuels and chemicals; colloidal and electrochemical methods for preparing nanoparticle electrodes


DR. KEVIN M. MCPEAK

Current Research: Photocatalysis; plasmonic materials; nanoscale chirality


DR. WILLIAM A. SHELTON

Current Research: Catalysis; alloy theory; chemistry – surface science


DR. JAMES J. SPIVEY

Current Research: Catalytic conversion of syngas into clean fuels; fuel processing; C1 catalysis—methane conversion; biomass-derived syngas to higher hydrocarbons and oxygenates; fuel reforming


DR. YE XU

Current Research: Theoretical and computational investigation of surface chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, and reaction mechanisms; computational heterogeneous catalysis and electrocatalysis; rational design of catalytic materials; energy conversion and storage

 

Materials

DR. CHRISTOPHER G. ARGES

Current Research: Advanced materials for electrochemical processes used in the water-energy nexus – water treatment and energy storage and conversion; integration of advanced materials into electrochemical processes; investigation of material and system performance using advanced metrology and in-situ diagnostics

DR. BHUVNESH BHARTI

Current Research: Nanoscience; colloids and surface science; soft matter and complex fluids

DR. KUNLUN DING

Current Research: Catalysis; materials chemistry; spectroscopy

DR. KERRY M. DOOLEY

Current Research: Catalysis – supported acids and mixed metal oxides; synthesis/characterization – rare earth oxide catalysts and energetic material/catalyst composite materials; hydrogenation/dehydrogenation


DR. JAMES A. DORMAN

Current Research: Nanostructure synthesis; charge recombination kinetics (light-emitting diodes, photocatalysis); defect engineering in metal oxides (supercapacitors); semiconductor engineering (photovoltaics); hybrid solar cells


DR. JOHN C. FLAKE

Current Research: Electrochemical processes and materials; energy storage technology – electrocatalysts for CO2 reduction and materials for lithium batteries


DR. GREGORY G. GRIFFIN

Current Research: Preparing improved electrodes for electrochemical conversion of CO2 into usable fuels and chemicals; colloidal and electrochemical methods for preparing nanoparticle electrodes


DR. KEVIN M. MCPEAK

Current Research: Photocatalysis; plasmonic materials; nanoscale chirality


DR. ADAM T. MELVIN

Current Research: A multidisciplinary approach in the development and implementation of new technologies and methods to assess biological phenomena using engineering principles: peptide biosensor development; microfluidics; single cell analysis and tracking; quantifications of ubiquitin-proteasome kinetics, algal growth and migration dynamics; environmental chemodynamics


DR. WILLIAM A. SHELTON

Current Research: Catalysis; alloy theory; chemistry – surface science


DR. YE XU

Current Research: Theoretical and computational investigation of surface chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, and reaction mechanisms; computational heterogeneous catalysis and electrocatalysis; rational design of catalytic materials; energy conversion and storage