Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Geet Gupta

Ph.D. (2022) Iowa State University
Geet received his in Chemical Engineering from NIT, Jaipur, India, and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Iowa State University. His PhD work was focused on DFT-based ‘Mechanistic Study of Bio-privileged Compounds for Rational Catalyst Design’. His future research interests drive towards the development of new functional materials for green energy using classical and quantum science based approaches. He is a recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award (TEX) at ISU. His hobbies include playing badminton, hiking, and music.
Dr. Gupta’s research focus is discovering reaction mechanisms in nanoporous catalysts. 

PhD Students

Yanqi Huang

B.E. (2020) Polymer Materials and Engineering, Beijing University of Science and Technology


M.S. (2023) Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Yanqi Huang is a first year PhD in ChemBE. She got her Bachelor’s degree from Beijing University of Chemical Technology. She grew up in Inner Mongolia, China. She loves listening to classical music.

Yanqi’s research focus is using first principles and machine learning potentials to understand catalyst interfaces. 

Nayeon Kang (Co-advised with Michael Tsapatsis)

M.Sc. (2022) Advanced Materials and Processes, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg
Nayeon is a second year PhD student, co-advised by Professor M. Tsapatsis. She did her undergraduate study in Chemical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, her Master’s in Advanced Materials and Processes at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. Her master thesis was about investigating the supercritical adsorption behavior using both experiments and molecular simulations with the supervision of Professor Matthias Thommes. She grew up in Seoul, South Korea where she cultivated her passion towards street dance. She enjoys going to dance jam events and connecting/vibing with dancers from different parts around the globe.
Nayeon’s research focus is synthesizing zeolite nanosheets and understanding their growth. 

Pranav Roy

B.E. (2022) Chemical Engineering, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad

Pranav is a second year ChemBE Ph.D. student who earned his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from BITS Pilani, Hyderabad, India. He conducted his undergraduate research at Dr. Tej Choksi’s research group, NTU Singapore, where he focused on implementing ML and DFT techniques to find and predict the properties of 2D materials (MXenes) and nanoparticles. Beyond academia, he enjoys playing the keyboard, reading, traveling, and playing/watching Football & F1.

Pranav’s research focus is low temperature ammonia synthesis and AI/ML accelerated materials discovery. 

Mingze Zheng

B.E. (2020) Chemical Engineering and Technology, Dalian University of Technology
Mingze is a second year ChemBE graduate student who graduated from Dalian University of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Technology. He focused on carbon-based electrode materials in sodium ion batteries during his undergraduate research in Ying Zhou’s lab. Mingze grew up in Xi’an, China. He likes to play basketball and badminton during his free time. 
Mingze’s research focus is understanding sustainable chemical transformations under aqueous conditions in nanoporous catalysts. 

Ryan Zhou

B.S. (2022) Chemistry, Engineering Science, Vanderbilt University

Ryan is a second year PhD student in ChemBE. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with B.S. in Chemistry and in Engineering Science.  Ryan grew up in China. He likes traveling to different places. 

Ryan’s research focus is understanding shape-selectivity in porous polymers.

Undergraduate Researchers

Jackson Boodry

Jackson is currently a sophmore majoring in ChemBE. He grew up and went to high school in Brookfield, CT. In his free time, Jackson enjoys listening to music, playing guitar, and hiking.

Jackson’s research focus is utilizing metal-organic frameworks for PFAS-water separations. 

Garrett Gregory

Garrett is a junior majoring in ChemBE. He was born and raised in Harrisonburg, VA. Garrett enjoys cooking and baking, backpacking, and playing guitar
Garrett’s research focus on PFAS-water separations.

Bruke Hirgeto

Bruke is a sophmore at JHU studying ChemBE. He’s currently working on a project to save his favorite animal – cows! Bruke moved to Baltimore at the age of 11 after being born and raised in Ethiopia. In his free time, Bruke enjoys playing video games and going out with friends. 
Bruke’s research focus is simulating hydrophobic/hydrophilic interactions. 

Bryan Munoz Rivero

Bryan is a ChemBE undergraduate student. He was born in Montreal Canada but grew up in Southwestern Florida. He likes to workout and watch anime.
Bryan’s research focus is methods development to accelerate transition state searches.

Joshua Zhou

Joshua is a ChemBE undergraduate student. He was born in Oklahoma, but grew up in Texas. Joshua enjoys tea. He hates coffee.

Josh’s research focus is nanoporous coatings for lithium-sulfur batteries.

Bukowski Group Alumni

Yanqi Huang (2023) – MS – Johns Hopkins University. Next position: Ph.D. student in Bukowski group

Roberto Jarrin (2023) – 5 year BS/MS – Johns Hopkins University

Xin “Jason” Zhang (2023) – 5 year BS/MS – Johns Hopkins University. Next position: Ph.D. student at Princeton University

Kean Zhu (2023) – MS – Johns Hopkins University. Next position: Elutions Inc.

Philip Johnson (2022) – Professional Masters – Johns Hopkins University / Applied Physics Lab. Next position: JHU Applied Physics Lab