People

Mahdi Abu-Omar
  • Endowed Chair Mellichamp Academic Initiative in Sustainability
  • Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Professor of Chemical Engineering

Expertise

Design, synthesis, and mechanistic studies of catalysts aimed at green and sustainable processes for making chemicals, materials, and fuels from renewable feedstock; bioinspired catalysis for environmental remediation; fundamentals of electron and atom transfer reactions.

Andre Bardow
  • RWTH Aachen University
  • Chair of the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics
Christopher Bates
  • Assistant Professor
  • Materials

Website:  Bates Lab

Expertise:  Polymer synthesis and characterization, soft materials design

 

Bernhard Bluemich
  • RWTH Aachen University
  • Institute of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry
  • Chair of Macromolecular Chemistry
Louis Bouchard
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Steven Buratto
  • Department Chair
  • Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Website: Buratto Group Microscopy Lab

Expertise: Physical Chemistry, Energy, Catalysis, Devices, Assembly, Spectroscopy

Alison Butler
  • Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Website: Butler Research Group

Expertise: Bio-inorganic chemistry and metallobiochemistry; understanding the roles of metal ions in the catalytic activity of metalloenzymes, including vanadium bromoperoxidase, and the mechanisms of acquisition of transition metal ions via marine siderophores

Campus affiliations:

Timothy Carroll
  • 2016 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
Ali Chamas
  • 2017 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
Hongyi Chen
  • 2016 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
Phillip Christopher
  • Endowed Chair Mellichamp Academic Initiative in Sustainability
  • Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Megan Chui
  • 2016 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
Andrew Cook
  • 2017 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
Michael Doherty
  • Professor of Chemical Engineering

Website: Doherty Research Group

Expertise: Process synthesis and conceptual design of chemical process systems; separations; crystal engineering for product and process design; process synthesis for crystalline products.

Campus affiliations:

  • Member of the Chemical Life Cycle Collaborative (CLiCC)
Hayden Evans
  • 2017 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
David Fisher
  • 2015 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
Peter Ford
  • Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Website: Ford Research Group

Expertise: Sustainable chemistry and biomass conversion; photochemistry and photophysics; bioinorganic chemistry of NO/CO.

Campus affiliations:

Roland Geyer
  • Associate Professor
  • Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

Website: Geyer Faculty Profile

Expertise: Industrial ecology, green supply chain management; life cycle of manufactured goods; environmental and economic potential of reuse and recycling activities; evolution of green business plans.

Campus affiliations:

Michael Gordon
  • Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

Website: Gordon Research Group

Expertise: Synthesis and characterization of nanoscale materials; development of scanning probe microscopy (SPM) methods for optical, electrical, and mechanical interrogation of nanoscale systems.

Campus affiliations:

Abel Gustafson
  • 2015 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
Songi Han
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Department of Chemical Engineering
Kalin Hanson
  • 2017 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
Clifford Hardy
  • 2016 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
Trevor Hayton
  • Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Website: Hayton Research Group

Expertise: Synthesis and characterization of transition metal, lanthanide, and actinide complexes, including their fundamental properties, reactivity, and potential applications in small molecule activation, catalysis, and nuclear fuel clean-up.

Campus affiliations:

John K. Henske
  • 2015 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
Patricia Holden
  • Professor
  • Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

Website: Holden Research Group

Expertise: Environmental microbiology; vadose zone microbial processes; microbial interactions with engineered nanomaterials; coastal microbiological pollution; urban water quality.

Campus affiliations:

Camden Hunt
  • 2017 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
Richard Hutton
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Film & Media Studies

Website: Hutton Faculty Profile

Expertise: Documentary producing/directing/writing; independent feature film producing; science journalism.

Campus affiliations:

Zachary Jones
  • 2016 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
Arturo Keller
  • Professor
  • Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
  • Mechanical Engineering

Website: Keller Faculty Profile

Expertise: Environmental biogeochemistry; sustainable use of chemicals and materials in modern society, particularly emerging materials such as nanoparticles and biochemical, via study of their transport and fate in the environment; development of containment, remediation and monitoring of organic pollutants; design of environmental management strategies.

Campus affiliations:

Jurgen Klankermayer
  • RWTH Aachen University
  • Institute of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry
  • Junior Professor for Mechanisms in Catalysis
Chiu (Marco) Lam
  • 2016 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
Adam Levi
  • 2017 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
Li Li
  • 2017 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
Bruce Lipshutz
  • Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Website: Lipshutz Research Group

Expertise: Sustainable organic synthesis; alternative technologies to reduce organic solvent use; designer surfactants.

Awards:

R. Daniel Little
  • Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Website: Little Research Group

Expertise: Organic electrochemistry as a green methodology for organic synthesis to replace toxic or dangerous redox reagents, reduce energy consumption and avoid isolation of unstable or hazardous intermediates; electrocatalytic reactions, electrochemical reactions that use renewable starting materials (biomass); green electrolytes based on emulsions or ionic liquids.

Campus affiliations:

Eric McFarland
  • Professor of Chemical Engineering

Website: Eric McFarland

Expertise: McFarland’s research activities are focused on coupling fundamental processes at surfaces with novel material systems to enable economically and environmentally sustainable production of chemicals and power in real industrial processes. In particular, his group is working on use of new catalysts and materials for decarbonizing fossil fuels and producing chemicals without carbon dioxide. His group is also investigating novel nuclear reactor designs to reduce cost and increase safety and allow the opportunity for coupling chemical production with power production. McFarland teams with colleagues using state-of-the-art theoretical methods to guide and interpret experimental work using advanced theory and to develop conceptual process models to evaluate the technoeconomic potential of new processes making use of the chemistry.  

Gabriel Ménard
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Website: Ménard Group

Expertise: Our research focuses on catalyst design for sustainable chemistry and clean energy applications. We are specifically interested in investigating lignin depolymerization chemistry for the sustainable production of new aromatic feedstocks. We are also investigating the production, storage, and delivery of hydrogen as an alternative clean fuel to fossil fuels, with particular emphasis on ammonia splitting chemistry for hydrogen release. Finally, new avenues in abundant metal-main group cooperative chemistry are being investigated for potential applications in small molecule catalysis and/or as redox partners in redox-flow batteries for energy storage.

Thuy-Ai (Bi) Ngyuen
  • 2016 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
Meghan Nichol
  • 2017 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
Michelle O’Malley
  • Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Website: O'Malley Research Group

Expertise: interrogation and engineering of molecular mechanisms that underlie protein production in eukaryotic cells; elucidatation of protein-protein contacts, and control of these interactions both in vivo and in vitro for applications in bioenergy and sustainability. 

Regina Palkovits
  • RWTH Aachen University
  • Institute of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry
  • Chair of Heterogeneous Catalysis and Technical Chemistry
Baron Peters
  • Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

Website: Peters Research Group

Expertise: Computational prediction of rare events, including nucleation from solution and polymorph selection; catalysis on amorphous supports; identifying reaction coordinates and likelihood maximization.

Campus affiliations:

Javier Read de Alaniz
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Website: Read de Alaniz Research Group

Expertise: new reaction developments and their application to the synthesis of architecturally challenging and biologically important molecules; identifying efficient new methods for the construction of carbon-nitrogen bonds in valuable pharmaceutical targets and fundamental building blocks in natural product synthesis. 

Jeffrey Reimer
  • University of California Berkeley
  • Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • C. Judson King Endowed Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Warren and Katharine Schlinger Distinguished Professor in Chemical Engineering
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Faculty Scientist
  • Environmental Energy Technologies Division
Ronald Rice
  • Department Chair
  • Professor of Communication
  • Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Communication

Website: Rice Faculty Profile

Expertise: Communication science, public communication campaigns, computer-mediated communication systems, methodology, organizational and management theory, information systems, information science and bibliometrics, social uses and effects of the Internet, and social networks

Campus affiliations:

Susannah Scott
  • Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Mellichamp Academic Initiative Professor in Sustainable Catalytic Processing

Expertise

Surface chemistry and catalysis; interactions and transformations of molecules at the gas-solid interface; investigation, design, and re-engineering of heterogeneous catalysts.

Rachel Segalman
  • Department Chair
  • Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Edward Noble Kramer Professor
  • Departments of Chemical Engineering and Materials

Website: The Segalman Group

Expertise: Structure control over soft matter on a molecular through nanoscopic lengthscale is a vital tool to optimizing properties for applications ranging from energy (solar and thermal) to biomaterials. For example, while molecular structure affects the electronic properties of semiconducting polymers, the crystal and grain structure greatly affect bulk conductivity, and nanometer lengthscale pattern of internal interfaces is vital to charge separation and recombination in photovoltaic and light emission effects. Similarly, biological materials gain functionality from structures ranging from monomeric sequence through chain shape through self-assembly. We work to both understand the effects of structure on properties and gain pattern control in these inherently multidimensional problems. We are particularly interested in materials for energy applications such as photovoltaics, fuel cells, and thermoelectrics.

David Seibold
  • Professor and Vice-Chair of Technology Management Program
  • Affiliate Faculty of Communication

Website: Seibold Faculty Profile

Expertise: Team processes, innovation and organizational change, organizational communication, and collaborative technologies

Campus affiliations:

  • Director of the Graduate Program in Management Practice
Ram Seshadri
  • Professor of Materials
  • Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Website: Seshadri Research Group

Expertise: Crystal chemistry and structure-property relations in functional inorganic materials, both bulk and nano, focusing on magnetism, polar materials, porosity, heterogeneous catalysis and solid state lighting.

Campus affiliations:

James Shaum
  • 2016 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
Sangwon Suh
  • Associate Professor
  • Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

Website: Suh Faculty Profile

Expertise: Corporate environmental management; industrial ecology; life cycle assessment; sustainability of the human-nature complexity through understanding materials and energy exchanges between them.

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Off-campus affiliations:

Tarnuma Tabassum
  • 2017 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
Mengya Tao
  • 2017 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
David (Ches) Upham
  • 2016 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
Ying Wang
  • 2015 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
Zhixun Wang
  • 2015 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
Zoe Welch
  • 2015 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
Matthias Wessling
  • RWTH Aachen University
  • Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Chair of Chemical Process Engineering
Kai Yu
  • 2017 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow
Armen Zakarian
  • Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Website: Zakarian Research Group

Expertise: Synthetic organic chemistry; total synthesis of natural products, development of new methods and strategies for organic synthesis; application of synthetic chemistry to bioorganic and medicinal chemistry research. 

Liming Zhang
  • Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Website: Zhang Research Group

Expertise: Development of novel chemical transformations, especially those involving transition-metal catalysis and tandem reactions; total synthesis of natural products with significant biological activities.

Campus affiliations:

Shou Zhao
  • 2017 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellow