Visiting Professors



Prof. Sung-Hyeon Baeck


Dates: 2010 - 2011
Home Institution: Inha University, South Korea



Prof. Paolo Anselmo Ziani Suarez


Dates: 2011
Home Institution: Universidade de Brasília, Instituto de Química

Postdoctoral Scholars



Dr. Maria Escudero Escribano

Home Department: Chemical Engineering
(Sapere Aude: DFF-Research Talent Grant)
Graduate School: Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain), Department of Applied Physical Chemistry
Undergraduate School: University of Extremadura (Spain), Department of Chemical Engineering
Project: Efficient non-precious metal electrocatalysts for sustainable energy conversion.

Current Position: Assistant Professor of NanoChemistry, University of Copenhagen


Dr. Jakob Kibsgaard


Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Graduate School: Aarhus University, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center and Department of Physics and Astronomy
Undergraduate School:Aarhus University, Department of Chemistry & Department of Physics & Astronomy
Project: Development and understanding of electrocatalysts for energy conversion reactions.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Denmark Technical University


Dr. Annelie Jongerius


Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Graduate School: Utrecht University, Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science
Undergraduate School: BSc. Chemistry from University of Amsterdam; MSc. Chemistry from University of Amsterdam
Project: CO2 hydrogenation and electrochemical CO2 reduction using copper-nanoparticle based catalysts.


Dr. Zhi Wei Seh


Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Graduate School: Stanford University
Undergraduate School: Cornell University
Project: Design of electrocatalysts for clean energy conversion.

Current Position: Scientist, A*STAR Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Singapore


Dr. Sam Fleischman


Dates: 2013 - 2014
Home Department: SUNCAT and Chemical Engineering
Graduate School: University of California-Santa Barbara, Chemistry
Undergraduate School: University of California-San Diego, Chemistry
Project: Theory-guided screening of metal nanoparticles alloy catalysts for CO hydrogenation.



Dr. Maureen Tang


Dates: 2012-2014
Graduate School: University of California-Berkeley
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Drexel University



Dr. Arnold Forman


Graduate School: University of California-Santa Barbara
Undergraduate School: Coastal Carolina University
Project: Development of tailored optoelectronic and catalytic materials for production of renewable energy feedstocks.
Current Position: Bio-Logic Science Instruments - a designer and manufacturer of high performance laboratory research instruments and software.


Dr. Shin-Jung Choi



Dr. Arindom Saha


Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Graduate School: University of Iowa, Inorganic Chemistry
Undergraduate School: Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India



Dr. Peter Vesborg


Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Graduate School: Technical University of Denmark
Fulbright Scholar: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Undergraduate School: Technical University of Denmark
Project: Photoelectrodes and PtxY nanoparticle synthesis.
Current Position: Associate Professor, Physics Department, Technical University of Denmark

Ph.D. Graduates


Pong Chakthranont


Graduated: 2017
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School:Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering
Project: Synthesis of thin film photoanode on a high-surface area substrate for photoelectrochemical water splitting.



Toru Hatsukade


Graduated: 2016
Thesis: Investigating the effects of chemical composition and surface structure of catalysts on the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: University of California, San Diego



Dr. Jesse Benck


Graduated: 2015
Thesis: Engineering molybdenum sulfide electrocatalysts and silicon photocathodes for hydrogen production via solar water splitting (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Strano Lab, MIT



Dr. Linsey Seitz


Graduated: 2015
Thesis: Developing enhanced mixed metal oxide catalysts for electrocatalytic water oxidation using insights from X-ray absorption spectroscopy (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: Michigan State University, Chemical Engineering



Dr. Desmond Ng


Graduated: 2015
Thesis: A precious-metal-free regenerative fuel cell for storing renewable electricity: fundamental catalysis studies and device development (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois-Ubana-Champaign, Chemical Engineering



Dr. Etosha Cave


Graduated: 2015
Thesis: Developing gold-based electrocatalysts for the production of fuels from CO2 and water (link)
Home Department: Mechanical Engineering
Undergraduate School: Olin College, Mechanical Engineering



Dr. David Abram


Graduated: 2015
Thesis: Alloyed and chemically modified metal catalysts for the electrochemical reduction of CO2 (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Chemical Engineering



Dr. Ariel Jackson


Graduated: 2015
Thesis: Developing new catalysts for electrochemical energy conversion ruthenium-core platinum-shell nanoparticles for the oxygen reduction reaction (link)
Home Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Undergraduate School: Rutgers University, Materials Science and Engineering



Dr. Blaise Pinaud


Graduated: 2013
Thesis: Fundamental studies for the design of tantalum nitride photoanodes for solar water splitting (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: University of Waterloo



Dr. Benjamin Reinecke


Graduated: 2013
Thesis: Understanding the effects of nanostructuring on gold catalysis: a study of morphology, electronic structure, and electrocatalytic activity (link)



Dr. Kendra Kuhl


Graduated: 2013
Thesis: Electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide on transition metal surfaces (link)



Dr. Yelena Gorlin


Graduated: 2012
Thesis: Development of manganese oxide based catalysts for the oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reactions (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Current Position: Humboldt Foundation Fellow at Technical University of Munich (link)



Dr. Zhebo Chen


Graduated: 2012
Thesis: Nanostructuring molybdenum disulfide to engineer its surface and bulk properties for solar hydrogen production (link)
Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign
Current Position: Principal Member of Technical Staff at Energy Storage Startup

M.S. and B.S. Students


Kara Fong
Vikram Bali
Charles Bowling
Camilo Cabrera
Stephanie Cai
Yan-Jiun Chen
Meghali Chopra
Abrahim El-Gamal
Milena Gonzalez-Vasquez
Leah Kuritzky
Jeffrey Lou
Jeremy Madrigal
AJ Medford
Jared O'Leary
Jacob Olshansky
Fadi Saadi
Michelle Vezie
Yen-Chu "Angel" Yang