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From left to right, Top row: Juan Manual Arce-Ramos, Sravan Kumar K.B. Quan Do, Xiao Li, Shengguang Wang and Hari Thirumalai.
Bottom row: Unmesh Menon, Lars Grabow, Karun Kumar Rao, Sashank Kasiraju, Qianyu Ning and Yuying Song.




 


Lars Grabow                    Lars C. Grabow
                     Principal Investigator


                     grabow@uh.edu   |   University of Houston CHBE Faculty Page
 
                    Office: S339, Engineering Bldg 1

                     Phone: 713-743-4326 


Lars C. Grabow is an associate professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry at the University of Houston. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and continued his postdoctoral research at the Technical University of Denmark and Stanford University. His expertise is the application of electronic structure calculations and kinetic modeling to problems in heterogeneous catalysis. He received early career awards from DOE and NSF, is the Vice Chair of the AIChE Catalysis and Reaction Engineering division, and serves on the Early Career Advisory Board of ACS Catalysis, and the International Advisory Board of ChemCatChem.




 


Untitled                     Taha Salavati-Fard
                     Postdoctoral Fellow


                     tsalavati-fard@uh.edu
                     Office: N45, Engineering Bldg 1

                     Phone:  713-743-4340


Taha Salavati-fard obtained his PhD in theoretical and computational Physics from the University of Delaware in 2018, under the supervision of Prof. Doug Doren. He received his MSc and BSc degrees in theoretical condensed matter Physics from Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran before joining Prof. Doren's group at Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI) in University of Delaware. His area of expertise lies in the domain of computational catalysis and physical Chemistry. His current research focuses on zeolite and surface catalysis of industrially-relevant chemical reactions. He is also interested in novel properties of the newly-emerged two-dimensional materials. 




 


Unmesh                     Unmesh Menon
                     Research Associate 1


                     umenon@central.uh.edu
 
                    Office: N45, S44J, Engineering Bldg 1

                     Phone:  713-743-8955


Unmesh Menon obtained his PhD from the Ghent University, Belgium in 2013, under the supervision of Prof. Guy Marin and Prof. Vladimir Galvita. Before his time at the University of Houston, he spent two years as a postdoctoral research scientist at BASF Corporation in Iselin, New Jersey. His area of expertise lies in the domain of transient kinetics of heterogeneous catalytic processes. His current research focuses on the use of the TAP (Temporal Analysis of Products) reactor to study kinetics of various reactions on industrial and automotive catalysts.




 


Yuying


                         Yuying Song


                    Graduate Research Assistant


                    ysong17@uh.edu
                    Office: N45, Engineering Bldg 1
                    Phone: 713-743-4340


Yuying Song received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai in 2013. Her research focuses on performing experiments and computational modeling of catalytic reactions in the field of vehicular emissions control. 




 


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                    Quan Do
                    Graduate Research Assistant


                    qkdo@uh.edu
                    Office: N45, Engineering Bldg 1
                    Phone: 713-743-4340


Quan Do graduated from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana with a B.S in Chemical Engineering in 2014. His research focus is in experimental catalysis and computational modeling to study oxidative and non-oxidative coupling of methane and other analogous molecules on pure metals and metal alloys. 




 


Hari


                    Hari Thirumalai
                    Graduate Research Assistant


                    hthirumalai@uh.edu
                    Office: N45, S44J, Engineering Bldg 1
                    Phone: 713-743-4340


Hari Thirumalai received his B.E in Chemical Engineering from R.V. College of Engineering in 2014, Bangalore, India and his M.S in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2015 under the guidance of Prof. John Kitchin. Hari's main areas of interest lie at the intersection of computational catalysis and high-vacuum transient catalysis experiments on the TAP reactor in zeolite catalysis. His research comprises of studying the non-oxidative upgrade of hydrocarbons and NOx emissions control in metal exchanged zeolites.




 


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                    Xiao Li
                    Graduate Research Assistant


                    xli51@uh.edu
                    Office: N45, S44J, Engineering Bldg 1
                    Phone: 713-743-4340


Xiao Li earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai in 2015. Her research focus is using DFT and Kinetic Monte Carlo approaches, in addition to experimentation in investigating bio-oil upgrade and hydrotreating on supported metal catalysts.




 


Sravan


                    Sravan Kumar K. B.
                    Graduate Research Assistant


                    skancharibavajigari@uh.edu
                    Office: N45, S44J, Engineering Bldg 1
                    Phone: 713-743-4340


Presently at Trinity University with Prof. Bert Chandler.


Sravan Kumar received his Bachelors and Masters in Technology in 2015, working in QMEL group under the guidance of Prof. Parag Deshpande at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Sravan uses density functional theory (DFT) and microkinetic modelling to study the preferential oxidation (PrOx) of CO in water-gas shift streams and hydrocarbon functionalization (direct oxidation of methane to methanol). Sravan is currently gaining hands on experience of flow experiments and characterization techniques like FTIR, TPD at Center for Sciences and Innovation (CSI) in Trinity university with Prof. Chandler




 


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                    Karun Kumar Rao
                    Graduate Research Assistant


                    kumarrao@uh.edu
                    Office: N45, Engineering Bldg 1
                    Phone: 713-743-4340


Karun Rao graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a B.S in Chemical Engineering in 2016. Co-advised by Prof. Yan Yao in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Karun is also a recipient of the prestigious Space Technology Research Fellowship from NASA to conduct research on solid state electrolytes for lithium ion batteries. His computational research in our group is complemented with experimental work in the lab of Prof. Yao. 




 


Qianyu Ning


                    Qianyu Ning
                    Graduate Research Assistant


                    qning@uh.edu
                    Office: N45, Engineering Bldg 1
                    Phone: 713-743-4340


Qianyu Ning earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai in 2016. She investigates the electrochemical activation of methane using computational methods.




 


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                    Bhuiyan Md Mushfikur Rahman
                    Graduate Research Assistant


                    bmrahman@uh.edu
                    Office: N45, Engineering Bldg 1
                    Phone: 713-743-4340


Mushfik is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where he earned his B.E. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering,  Minor in Chemistry in 2017. His research focus is the design and modeling of organic structure directing agents for zeolite synthesis, and modeling emission treatment reactions on metal exchanged zeolites.