Faculty Directory

Dr. Hu Yang

Department Chair, Professor, Linda and Bipin Doshi Chair

Linda and Bipin Doshi Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Research Interests:

Biomaterials; Drug and Gene Delivery; Nanomedicine; Pharmaceutical Engineering

Education:

  • BE Polymer 1998, Sichuan University
  • PhD ChE 2004, University of Akron

Dr. Muthanna H. Al-Dahhan

Curator’s Distinguished Professor, College of Engineering and Computing Distinguished Professor, AIChE Fellow

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering

Education:

  • BS ChE 1979, University of Baghdad
  • MS ChE 1988, Oregon State University
  • PhD ChE 1993, Washington University in St. Louis

‌Reactor Engineering; Transport-Kinetic Integration; Advanced Measurement and Computational Techniques

 


Dr. Daniel Forciniti

Professor, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Education:

  • BS Chem 1979, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • MS ChE 1984, University of the South, Argentina
  • PhD ChE 1991, North Carolina State University

Molecular simulations of biological molecules at liquid/solid interfaces, light and neutron scattering of biological molecules, the molecular basis of disease, purification of miomacromolecules

Peptide and proteins at interfaces: The main focus of our current research efforts in this area is the study of peptides at solid/liquid interfaces.  Both experimental and theoretical approaches are pursed in our group.  The use of dynamic and static light scattering for the study of proteins and tailored peptides in solution is routine in our laboratory.  This work is supplemented by neutron diffraction and neutron reflectivity studies performed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  The experimental work is supported (and interpreted) by using atomic level molecular simulations.  We are currently focusing our efforts on the study of surface-induced polypeptide aggregation.  This work is aimed at the understanding of the formation of amyloid deposits.

Purification of biomacromolecules:  The focus of our current research in this area is the study of the effect of glycosylation on the stability of monoclonal antibodies and other proteins.  A key component of our work is the experimental determination of second virial coefficients and their interpretations using statistical thermodynamics to quantify the effect of glycan groups on the potential of mean force of biomacromolecules.

 


Dr. Xinhua Liang

Associate Professor

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

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Education:

  • BS ChE 2001, Tianjin University
  • MS ChE 2003, Tianjin University
  • PhD ChE 2008, University of Colorado at Boulder

Surface science and catalysis, Nanostructured films and devices, Energy and environmental applications

Our research focuses on rational and directed design of nanostructured materials for efficient reactions and separations technologies. Atomic/Molecular Layer Deposition (ALD/MLD) thin film coating technique will be used for this research program. ALD/MLD is a thin film growth technique based on sequential, self-limiting surface chemical reactions and allows for precise deposition of ultra-thin, highly conformal coatings over complex 3D topography structures, with excellent control over stoichiometry and properties. The value in applying this thin film coating technology is to enable to harness the unexpected phenomena that result from the changes in structure and chemistry which occur over atomic scales at surfaces or interfaces. The second value is that the user of the material (particle or film) can save cost by using less of the most expensive substrate on the surface where the function of the material substrate is most critical.

 


Dr. Douglas Ludlow

Professor

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Research Interests:

Surface Characterization of Adsorbents and Catalysts; Applications of Fractal Geometry to Surface Morphology

Education:

  • BS ChE 1982, Brigham Young University
  • PhD ChE 1986, Arizona State University

Dr. Angela Lueking

Professor, Associate Dean of Research

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Research Interests:

Gas adsorption, material development, separations, hydrogen storage


Dr. Christi Patton Luks

Associate Chair, Teaching Professor

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Research Interests:

Engineering Education Pedagogies; Sustainable Solutions to Practical Problems

Education:

  • BS ChE 1981, Texas A&M University,
  • MS Applied Math 1988, University of Tulsa
  • PhD ChE 1993, University of Tulsa

Dr. Parthasakha Neogi

Professor

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Education:

  • BS ChE 1973, Indian Institute of Technology
  • MS ChE 1975, Indian Institute of Technology
  • PhD ChE 1979, Carnegie-Mellon University
 

Interfacial transport phenomena - dynamic contact angles, solubilization kinetics, electrodeposition

The area of research is interfacial phenomena with emphasis on non-equilibrium effects.  Fluid mechanics of a liquid displacing another fluid on a solid surface (“wetting kinetics”) shows that all stresses are infinite at the contact line.  Removal of this singularity requires the use of a reasonable slip velocity and slip velocity has been used to obtain the rates of movement of the leading edge (“contact line”) in a variety of problems over years.  These cases where the liquid spreads on its own, and at very low speeds, are called spontaneous spreading.  At present time the case of forced spreading is being analyzed.  Another area of research is that of mass transfer in surfactant systems.  Typical one key component of detergency is that of solubilization where water insoluble oils are included into the surfactant micelles.  Investigations into kinetics of solubilization also takes one into the kinetics of the contact line above.

 


Dr. Monday U. Okoronkwo

Assistant Professor

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

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Education:

  • PhD Chem, University of Aberdeen, UK

Chemistry of Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure, Energy and Enviroment: Design, Synthesis and Characterization

Dr. Okoronkwo's research efforts are directed towards understanding the composition-structure-processing-property relationship of materials, and the application of a combined computational and experimental approach to design, synthesize, and develop new materials that deliver improved performance and sustainability. His research thrust areas include:

  • Advanced polymers for sustainable infrastructure
  • Nanocomposites and functional materials for environmental remediation
  • Hydration, microstructure developement, and durability of cement-based materials
  • Cement-chemical admixture interactions
  • Rheology of cement-based materials and comples fluids
  • Waste immobilization and wastewater treatment
  • COconversion and utilization
  • Mechanism and control of deterioration reactions in concrete
  • Micorporous materials, inorganic electrides, and energy materials

Dr. Fateme Rezaei

Associate Professor

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

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Education:

  • BS ChE 2004, Shiraz University
  • PhD ChE 2011, Monash University, Australia and Lulea University of Technology, Sweden

Adsorption, Energy Efficient Separation Processes, Process Design, Modeling and Optimization

Our research focus broadly lies at the interface of chemical, materials science and environmental engineering, where the general goal of our work is to develop advanced materials and processes for clean energy and sustainable chemical processes. In particular, our research relates to fundamental and applied aspects of adsorption, separations, purification and reaction. The research activities include: 1) structured adsorbents in gas separation processes; 2) modeling and simulation of cyclic separation processes such as PSA, TSA, VSA; 3) development of hybrid materials for separation, purification and reaction applications; 4) liquid phase adsorptive separation and purification.

 


Dr. Ali Rownaghi

Assistant Teaching Professor

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Education:

  • PhD Catalysis 2008, University Putra

Catalysis and Reaction Engineering, Membrane Gas Separations, Mixed Matrix Membranes for In-situ Reaction and Separation, Carbon Capture and Utilizations, Hybrid Energy Systems

Our primary focus is on creating, understanding, and rationally engineering advanced materials for catalysis, membrane and adsorption applications through innovative and scalable processing strategies. In particular, our research activities include: (1) Sustainable Energy (Upgrading of biomass and natural gas; Biofuels; CO2 capture and utilization; Waste-plastics recycling), (2) Catalysis (Heterogeneous catalysts such as zeolites, supported metals, noble metals and mixed metal oxides; Selective oxidation, hydrogenation, and dehydration; High temperature-high pressure reactions; membrane reactors), (3) Separations (Metal organic framework mixed matrix membranes and adsorbents; Composite hollow fiber membranes for in-situ reaction and separation).

 


Dr. Joseph Smith

Laufer Endowed Energy Chair Professor

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Education:

  • BS ChE 1983, Brigham Young University
  • MS ChE 1984, Brigham Young University
  • PhD ChE 1990, Brigham Young University

Hybrid energy systems, Fuels combustion and gasification, Industrial gas flare design, operation, and regulation, Process modeling, monitoring, control, and operation

Dr. Joseph D. Smith currently holds the Laufer Endowed Energy Chair and also serves as Director of the Energy Research and Development Center at Missouri University of Science and Technology.  He has been developing hybrid energy systems that integrate nuclear energy with chemical and petrochemical processes to produce liquid fuels and chemicals.  Clean carbon free nuclear heat is used with high temperature steam electrolysis to replaces traditional steam methane reforming.  Hybrid Energy Systems represent transformational energy technology that supports national energy security.

 


Dr. Jee-Ching Wang

Associate Professor

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Education:

  • BS ChE 1988, National Taiwan University
  • MS ChE 1990, National Taiwan University
  • PhD ChE 1998, The Pennsylvania State University

Composite Nanoparticles, Complex Fluids, Porous Media, Food Engineering, Biomolecular Transport and adsorption, Molecular Modeling and Simulation Methodologies

Dr. Wang’s research interests and activities are centered around molecular modeling and simulations of systems with complex structures and dynamics.  The essence of this relatively new approach is to study various properties through atomistically constructed model systems, computer simulations, and statistical mechanics.  It is particularly beneficial for complementing conventional methods to study multiscale systems with microstructures and interfaces.  Our current applications include nanoparticle self-assembly, complex nanoconfined fluids, and transport and adsorption of biomolecules in porous media or on a surface.  We are also interested in devising new algorithms to expand the capabilities of molecular modeling and molecular simulation.