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Behind: Dale, Gary, Kenneth, Shengguang ;  Middle: Shahriar, Yu, Nan, Kai, Surya ;  Front: Dr. Grabow, Fahmida, Najmeh, Pak Wing


Lars C. Grabow
Principal Investigator
grabow@uh.edu | University of Houston CHBE Faculty Page | ORCID 
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.


Pd, the PostDoc (Open PostDoc position)
Post Doctoral Fellow 
postdoc@uh.edu
Pd received a PhD from University X. Pd's current research focuses on transient kinetics where Pd works with a multidisciplinary team distributed across academia, national laboratories, and industry.

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Shengguang Wang
Post Doctoral Fellow / Lab Manager
swang47@uh.edu
Favorite Animal: Hens
Favorite Movie: Harry Potter
Shengguang received his PhD from the Institute of Coal Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He completed a postdoc appointment at the University of Delaware (Vlachos group) and DTU (Norskov group), and worked as a research scientist at Synfuels, China. His current research focuses on transient heterogeneous catalysis using experimental and computational techniques. 


Najmeh Honari
Post Doctoral Fellow
nhonari@uh.eduLinkedIn
Favorite Molecule: Deoxyribonucleic acid
Favorite Movie: Persona
Najmeh received her PhD focusing on semiconductor devices at the department of electrical engineering at the University of Tehran. She has a background in computational methods for 2D materials modeling. Her current research focuses on the computational screening of electrocatalysts that decouple the evolution of chlorine and oxygen, as well as the development of computational methods describing catalytic condenser devices. 


Pak Wing Chen
Graduate Research Assistant
pchen29@uh.edu
Favorite Movie: The Silence of the Lambs
Favorite Animal: Goldfish
Pak Wing Chen graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S in Chemical Engineering in 2018. She is co-advised by Dr. Michael Harold. Her research focuses on methane and NOx emission control of natural gas vehicles over reduced precious metal catalysts.


Yu Liu
Graduate Research Assistant
yliu129@uh.edu | ORCID | LinkedIn | Twitter
Favorite Movie: Inception
Favorite Molecule: Methanol Hamilton
Yu Liu received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tianjin University in China in 2016, and graduated from University of Washington in Seattle with a M.S. in Chemical Engineering. His research currently focuses on computational modeling of dehydrogenation from methanol to formaldehyde catalyzed Pt single-atom alloy.


Surya Pratap Singh Solanki
Graduate Research Assistant
sssolank@central.uh.edu | ORCID | LinkedIn | Twitter
Favorite Book: Outliers
Favorite Athlete: Sir Lewis Hamilton
Surya Pratap Singh Solanki received his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee in 2015. His research focuses on modeling reactions on metal catalyst using DFT and reactor experiments. He has been working to understand NOx adsorption on palladium exchanged zeolites and also spent time as a visiting researcher in the lab of Prof. Wililiam Epling where he studied methane oxidative reforming under dynamic reaction conditions.


Kai Wu
Graduate Research Assistant
kwu13@uh.edu | ORCID | LinkedIn
Favorite Team: Arsenal
Favorite Movie: Harry Potter
Kai Wu earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai, 2017, and obtained his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. He is co-advised by Dr. Michael Harold. His research focuses on machine learning assisted modeling in catalyst science.


Gary R. Gildert
Graduate Research Assistant
grgildert@uh.edu
Office: N45 Engineering Bldg 1
Phone: 713-743-4340

Gary R. Gildert earned a BASc (ChE) from the University of Waterloo, Canada (1981), an MBA from Rice University (2005), is a registered professional engineer in Ontario and Alberta, Canada, and a licensed professional engineer in Texas. He is the 2013 Chair of the South Texas Section of the American institute of Chemical Engineers. He is co-advised by Dr. Michael Harold. His research focus is on the design, modelling, and testing of promoted PGM catalysts for the selective hydrogenation of diolefins.


Dale E. Green
Graduate Research Assistant
degreen@uh.edu
Favorite Team: Houston Astros
Favorite Animal: Speckled Trout
Dale Green received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech in 2001 and M.S. ChE from Kansas State in 2012. He has worked in various manufacturing and technology roles for Dow Chemical and Olin since 2001. His research interests are centered around computational catalyst design and optimization with application in epoxy technology.


Kenneth Lucas Kusima
Graduate Research Assistant
klkusima@uh.edu | ORCID | LinkedIn
Favorite Element: Carbon
Favorite Series: The Big Bang Theory
Kenneth Kusima obtained his B.S in Engineering Science with a Minor in Mathematics from Trinity University in 2019 and then received a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Rice University in 2020. His research focuses on generating Machine-Learned Kinetic Models for the ammoxidation reaction in the production of acrylonitrile.


Md. Shahriar Hossain
Graduate Research Assistant
shossa28@cougarnet.uh.edu | ORCID | LinkedIn
Favorite Movie: Interstellar
Favorite Team: Manchester United
Md. Shahriar Hossain obtained his B.S in Chemical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2021 and then worked as an Assistant Research Engineering for a year in the SEER research group of the Department of Chemical Engineering, BUET . He is currently involved in investigating dehalogenation chemistry on catalyst surface via computational methods.


Fahmida Akter
Graduate Research Assistant
fakter@cougarnet.uh.edu | LinkedIn
Favorite Anime: Attack on Titan
Favorite Athlete: Lionel Messi
Fahmida received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 2017, and her M.S. in Environmental Engineering from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2021. She is currently working on exploring the binding geometrics and reactivity of Halobenzenes at different coverages on Rhodium via computational method.


Nan Yang
Graduate Research Assistant
nyang2@uh.edu | ORCID | LinkedIn
Favorite Animals: Golden Retriever & Labrador
Favorite Teams: Juventus & Houston Cougars men's basketball
Nan Yang received his Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from East China University of Science & Technology (ECUST) and then studied at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Engineering & Applied Science, successfully obtaining a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, a Master of Engineering degree in Computer Engineering, and a Certificate in Business Fundamentals offered by the McIntire School of Commerce. His Master's thesis work is entitled "Controlling Thin Film Morphology and Polymorphism of Electro-Active Molecules Using Solution Process". Nan has interned at Dow Chemical Company's Shanghai Dow Center Core R&D for 6 months in the past. He currently focuses on using computational techniques such as DFT to better understand heterogeneous catalytic reactions.