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.

PhD Students

Nayeon Kang (Co-advised with Michael Tsapatsis)

M.Sc. (2022) Advanced Materials and Processes, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg

Nayeon is a first 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.

Pranav Roy

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

Pranav is a 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.

Mingze Zheng

B.E. (2020) Chemical Engineering and Technology, Dalian University of Technology
Mingze is a 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. 

Ryan Zhou

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

Ryan is a graduate/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. 

Master of Science Students

Wilkins Njigna Njinguet

B.S. (2020) University of Maryland College Park
Wilkins is a Master’s student in ChemBE. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland College Park. She was born in Cameroon. Wilkins enjoys physical fitness.

Yanqi Huang

B.E. (2020) Polymer Materials and Engineering, Beijing University of Science and Technology
Yanqi Huang is a graduate student 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.

Kean Zhu

 B.S. (2021) Chemistry, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Kean is a ChemBE MSE graduate student. She graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in Specialized Chemistry in May 2021. In her undergraduate studies, she performed undergrad research in the Shen Lab specializing in nano-electrochemistry. Kean grew up in Shanghai, China before moving to the United States for high school. During her free time, Kean loves spending time with her dog and painting.

Roberto Jarrin

B.S. (2022) Chemical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
 Roberto graduated from JHU majoring in ChemBE with a minor in physics. He grew up in Reading, Massachusetts. Roberto enjoys running, reading science fiction, and playing the electric bass.

Phillip Johnson

 B.S. Chemical Engineering,  University of Kentucky 
Philip is a ChemBE graduate student. He earned his Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Kentucky where he worked on the development of environmental nanomaterials under Dr. James Hilt. He currently works as a Chemical Engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. In his free time, he enjoys trail running, travel and golf. 

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. 

Jason Zhang

Jason is ChemBE BS/MS student. He grew up in Russellville, Arkansas. Jason enjoys hanging out with cats and is a big tea fan (And Coffee!).

Joshua Zhou

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