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C&PE NEWS Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Annual Newsletter 2017—2018


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4-5 Department News 6-7 Student Spotlight

8 Undergraduate Program 9 Graduate Program

10-13 Profiles 14-15 Publications

16 Spring Awards Banquet 17 Hall of Fame Inductee 18 Advisory Board 19 Donor Recognition

Photos by Cody Howard.

On the cover: (clockwise) Dr. Weatherley speaking at

the Annual Awards Banquet. The VLE experiment setup in Dr. Shiflett’s lab. Graduate student Alejandra Rocha presenting her poster to Dr. Barati. Local students attending the Fall 2017 engineering expo. Dr. Allgeier with graduate student Simon Velasquez. Post-doctoral researcher Dr. Bill Gilbert testing a Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) system in Dr. Shiflett’s lab. Cover of the 9th Edition of the Perry’s Handbook. Photos by Cody Howard/KU School of Engineering.

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On the back: (clockwise) Image of the Green/Willhite Office Suite plaque. Skeletons of a prehistoric mesosaur and turtle hanging in the new Earth, Energy, and Environment Center (EEEC). An aerial photo of the KU School of Engineering complexes. A close-up of the mesosaur and turtle skeletons. Interior mesosaur photos courtesy of KU Marketing Communications and exterior aerial photos courtesy of Nick Krug/Lawrence Journal-World.

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Dr. Laurence R. Weatherley

t is a great pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Kansas. We are sure that you will find your experience here exciting and valuable. We are very proud of our track record of excellence in both teaching and research which is underpinned by the department’s outstanding faculty and our teaching and research facilities. These support our department’s key areas of activity in Kinetics and Catalysis, Bioengineering and Regenerative Medicine, Enhanced Oil Recovery and Reservoir Engineering, and Electrochemical Engineering. A B.S. degree from C&PE will be recognized nationally and internationally. Graduates from our degree programs continue to attract some of the highest starting salaries of all new graduates in the US and overseas. The demand for places in our two undergraduate programs continues to be high. As I write this, our current undergraduate count amounts to over 500. Over 40% of our undergraduate cohort in chemical engineering are women.

This is an exciting time for Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Kansas! Our discipline has been recognized for its importance to the local, regional and national economic interests of the US, and over the last several years we have seen completion of transformational investments with new laboratories and other facilities for petroleum engineering, tissue engineering research, fuel cell research, catalysis, separations, and process intensification. All these are areas in which you may discover undergraduate and graduate research opportunities. Of special note is the new concentration in Chemical Engineering Materials within the chemical engineering bachelor’s program. This was launched in fall 2017. Along with the other programs in the School of Engineering, we are major beneficiaries of the multi-million dollar Building on Excellence program which is providing new buildings, facilities, and additional professors for our program. Of special note is that in spring 2018 we saw the opening of the new Earth, Energy and Environment building which is a joint facility for research and teaching shared between Petroleum Engineering and Geology. This is a state of the art building with facilities for imaging, 3D visualization, PVT measurement, and CT scanning. The building also features open learning classrooms with the latest technology, and bespoke spaces for industry collaborations. The recently opened engineering building (LEEP2) provides our students with a modern, extensive teaching laboratory for chemical engineering unit operations. In the last two years we have invested more than $100K in new modular experiments in reactor engineering and in thermodynamic properties, soon to be complemented by new equipment for fluid flow studies.

May 2018 A new research suite housing Dr Shiflett’s research team hosted its inaugural Open Day in April 2017. We have been especially appreciative of the support we have received both from industry, from our advisory board, and from our engineering alumni over many years which make much of the above possible. This support also provides for many student scholarships, endowed professorships, and support for international activities. These have been made possible by contributions from companies such as Berexco, Conoco Philips, Exxon-Mobil, Koch Industries, Occidental, Devon Energy, and from many private donors and alumni. A full list of our generous donors can be found on page seventeen of this publication. Late August 2017, we welcomed Associate Professor Alan Allgeier. He joined us from the DuPont where he served as Senior Research Chemist in Heterogeneous catalysis and three-phase reactions. In January 2018 we were very pleased to welcome Dr. Jenny Robinson and Dr. Mei He as Assistant Professors in Chemical Engineering. Dr. He’s appointment is joint with the Department of Chemistry. Both our new colleagues provide additional strength to our programs in biomedical engineering and to our core teaching program in chemical engineering. We are also very pleased to welcome on to our staff team, Jeff Worth to further strengthen our laboratory coordinator team. Other faculty news includes Distinguished Professor RV Chaudhari receiving the 2018 Murray Raney Award from the Organic Reaction Catalysis Society, Dr. Cory Berkland was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and Dr. Juan Bravo-Suarez received a Doctoral New Investigator Award from the American Chemical Society. Finally, if you are interested in seeing the department or would like further information, I would be delighted to hear from you by phone, fax or e-mail. If you want to set up a campus visit, please contact the KU Visitor Center at 785864-3911 or our C&PE General Office at 785-864-4965. Sincerely,

Laurence R Weatherley PhD Chair of Chemical and Petroleum Chemical Engineering Albert P Learned Distinguished Professor



August 2017

Dr. Alan M. Allgeier joined the faculty in August 2017 from DuPont Central Research and Development and has established a laboratory engaged in sustainable manufacturing, catalysis, and porous materials research. Dr. Allgeier is grateful to his former employer, DuPont, for the donation of a number of pieces of equipment critical to his research. Graduate students, Kyle Stephens and Simon Velasquez Morales, have joined Dr. Allgeier in establishing this new facility along with a team of four undergraduate researchers. He is excited to build collaborations in this area with his KU colleagues in bioengineering and petroleum engineering.


Jennifer Robinson

January 2018 Dr. Robinson received her B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice University in 2009, Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2014, and conducted postdoctoral research in Biomedical Engineering and Craniofacial Biology at Columbia University. She has also conducted research as a visiting scholar both at the National University of Ireland – Galway and the National University of Singapore. Her research has been recognized by a Whitaker Fellowship, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, PEO Scholar Award, NIH NIDCR K12 Training Grant, and a NIH F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Postdoctoral Award. The main topic of Dr. Robinson’s research include: hormones and cell response, biomaterial with tunable release of hormone receptor modulators, and regeneration of complex tissue. To learn more about Dr. Robinson and her research, visit www.therobinsonlab.com

Mei He

January 2018

Dr. He received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Alberta and postdoctoral training from the University of California, Berkeley. Between 2012-2014 she worked as the senior scientist at the University of Kansas Cancer Center. After joining us in January 2018, Dr. He was notified of a new $10.8M NIH grant involving hers and Arghya Paul’s research into cancer, neurological disorders, and lung and heart disease. They collaborate with the main PI on the grant, Professor Susan Lunte, Ralph N. Adams Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Director of the Adams Institute for Bioanalytical Chemistry. This is the second phase of grant funding that has been provided through The University of Kansas’ Center for Molecular Analysis of Disease Pathways, a National Institutes of Health Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE).


THE ROBINSON GROUP Photos by Cody Howard.

Reza Barati Promoted to Associate Professor Reza Barati has officially been promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor. In his time at KU, he has mentored 8 Masters students and 1 PhD student through graduation, and he is currently advising 3 Masters students and 9 Doctoral students. This spring he was awarded the Oenbring UG Teaching Award. This is the third time he has received this honor.

Breakthrough enables screening millions of human antibodies for new drug discovery Brandon DeKosy and his research group have been hard at work discovering new techniques that have “made it easier to discover new antibody drug molecules while also learning more about immune responses to vaccines and infections.” About this research, Prof. DeKosky states, “these technologies are providing a new window on human immune protection that we have never been able to see before. They will dramatically accelerate antibody drug development and may also lead to more effective vaccines.” These advances could lead to better preventions and treatments of diseases like Ebola, HIV, flu and EpsteinBarr virus.

Textbook on Enhanced Oil Recovery receives second edition Not many people can say they wrote “the” textbook on a subject, but our very own Distinguished Professor Paul Willhite can. Together with Emeritus Professor Don Green, their textbooks on Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) and Waterflooding are used in petroleum engineering classrooms around the world. Their newest edition, released in January 2018, is a second edition of the third volume in the series which is published by The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

Dr. Juan Bravo-Suarez’s Newest Grant Dr. Bravo-Suarez was recently awarded a prestigious Doctoral New Investigator Grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund. The two-year, $110,000 award seeks to reveal the mysteries behind an industrial process for making propylene, one of the most versatile building blocks in chemical manufacturing. “Knowing how catalysts work will help us design more efficient catalysts and cheaper ways to make propylene,” BravoSuarez said. “It will also help us to find new and better ways to produce more with less.”

Photo by Cody Howard.

Prajna Dhar is now a Faculty Fellow for CTE and the Graduate Director Dr. Dhar (pictured above with Dr. Saba Ghazvini) has agreed to serve as a Faculty Fellow the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). This appointment is for three years. One of her immediate projects will be to interact with new faculty as they embark on their teaching careers. Beginning in July 2018, Dr. Dhar began serving as the CPE department’s Director of Graduate Studies. Dr. Dhar is excited to implement new graduate committees focused on recruiting, retaining, supporting, and growing our graduate student population.

Franklin (Feng) Tao named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Dr. Tao was recently named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Tao received the honor for his distinguished contributions to the field of in situ/operando studies of materials at a molecular level, particularly catalysts under reaction condition and during catalysis.

AIChE Hospitality Suite On Sunday, October 29, 2017, we held our First Annual CPE AIChE Hospitality Suite at the Minneapolis, MN conference where over 150 people attended. This event will continue at the 2018 Annual AIChE Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA on Sunday, October 28, starting at 7:00 p.m. We hope you can join us!


STUDENT SPOT Brooks Danahy Wins First Place in Poster Presentation Graduating senior Brooks Danahy was awarded first place in the School of Engineering’s spring Undergraduate Poster Competition. Brooks has now accepted a position as Assitant Chemical Engineer at Burns & MacDonnell in Houston.

C&PE Has Big Showing at the 2018 Capitol Graduate Research Summit and School of Engineering Research Showcase The 2018 Capitol Graduate Research Summit was held in the State Capitol, Topeka, on March 27, 2018. Earlier this year, eight students were selected among over a hundred to represent the University of Kansas, Lawrence Campus, at the 2018 Capitol Graduate Research Summit. Judges from other Kansas Universities and staff from the BioKansas Corporation evaluated their work. C&PE had three out of the eight finalists. Congratulations to Tugba Turnaoglu for her BioKansas Presentation Award. Tugba is a Doctoral Candidate who works under Mark Shiflett in the Shiflett Research Group. The BioKansas Award was presented to her at the Summit. We would also like to congratulate Sayantani Basu, who works under Arghya Paul, and Charles Shaughnessy, who works under Kevin Leonard. They were two of the eight finalists who also presented at the summit. Sayantani Basu also received 1st place in the School of Engineering Graduate Poster competition and 2nd place in the Gradaute Presentation competition. Other CPE graduate students who placed in the showcase include Saman Modaresi and Aparna Chakravarty from Dr. Paul’s group, Yuanchao Li from Dr. Nguyen’s group, and Pamela Johnson from Dr. Robinson’s group.

Tugba Turnaoglu


Sayantani Basu

Charles Shaughnessy

Recent Alumni Starting New Careers Dr. Bill Gilbert has accepted a position at Chemours Chemical Company. Bill will be working at the Chemours TiO2 facility in New Johnsonville, Tennessee starting in June, 2018. Dr. David Minnick has accepted a position at Battelle. Dave will begin working at the Battelle Eastern Science and Technology Center located in Aberdeen, Maryland starting in June, 2018. Dr. Regis Dowd has accepted an Energy Technologies Scientist at MITRE in the Washington DC Metro area. He is also an Engineering Duty Officer for the US Navy Reserves. Lucas Whatley, who completed his Masters of Science in Petroleum Engineering in January 2018 under Dr. Barati, has accepted a position at Cudd Energy Services in Billings, Montana. Dupeng Liu and Hongda Zhu, who recently completed their Ph.D.s under the guidance of Bala Subramaniam, are now both employed as PostDoctoral Researchers at the CEBC.

LIGHTS New Thermodynamics Experiment for Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Lab A new thermodynamics experiment was designed and constructed by Dr. David Griffin, Prof. Mark Shiflett, and Mr. George Whitmyre for the Fall 2017 undergraduate Chemical Engineering Laboratory, C&PE 616. Designing a VLE-based separation process requires information about the compositions of phases (vapor and liquid) as a function of temperature, pressure, and overall composition. The objective of this experiment is to obtain data so that the students can predict the isobaric vaporliquid equilibrium for a particular ternary mixture by measuring the VLE in the constituent binary mixtures. The students learn to operate four modified Swietoslawski ebulliometers which operate at ambient pressure for measuring the boiling temperature for pure component and mixtures to calculate activity coefficients near the limits of infinite dilution. The equipment is mounted on a frame with wheels so that it can be brought into the classroom. A lecture was held in C&PE 512 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II so that students could see the equipment and learn the theory behind ebulliometer measurements while also learning about solution models. A homework composed of data taken in C&PE 616 provided students in C&PE 512 with “real” data to analyze so that they are familiar with the data analysis prior to taking the laboratory in their senior year. See this publication’s cover for a photo of the ebulliometers which shows the primary components, including the boiler, the Cottrell pumps, the thermowell, and the condenser.

Nazirah Mohd Wins First Place in the Mid-Continental SPE Undergraduate Paper Contest Nazirah Mohd, a senior in Petroleum Engineering graduating this spring, won first place for her research paper this April at the Mid-Continental SPE North American Student Paper Contest. The title of her paper is “Identification of Critical Micelle Concentration to Reduce Interfacial Tension Near Fracture Face in Shale Reservoirs.” She has been working on experiments related to this project since January. This award win qualifies her to present at the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) International Paper Contest which will be held in Dallas, TX from September 24-26th. Nazirah would like to thank Dr. Reza Barati for his mentorship and guidance throughout this process.

Tomas Green named Mitchell Scholarship Nominee Tomas Green, a senior studying chemical engineering, has received the Mitchell Scholarship, which provides funding for one year of study in Ireland. Green, of Lynnwood, Washington, graduated from Meadowdale High School. He is the son of Guy and Aina Green. Green is majoring in chemical engineering with a minor in public policy. Green has been involved with several organizations at KU, including the KU Student Senate, the Student Environmental Advisory Board and the Dole Institute of Politics. Offcampus he has worked with the Willow Domestic Violence Center and the Citizens Climate Lobby. He was selected as a KU Man of Merit by the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity and has been a member of the Self Engineering Leadership Fellows Program. A member of the University Honors Program, Green was selected as a Udall Scholar in 2017.



Summer/Fall 2017

Mutaz Hashim Alabdulmohsen Fahad Riyad Alqattan Atta Ali Alrubaye Nickson Baselle James Cason Castagno Aniket Chatterjee Palmer Harrison Mitchell George Holland Nkechukwu Chimdindu Ibemesi Yuhao Yang

Spring 2018 Mohammed Adel M Abuhimed Abduallah Kh Gh Z Kh Alharbi Sarah Tawfiq Almohsen

Mohammed Hadi M Alqahtani * Firas Ali H Alqowaie Mohammad GH F J GH Alrubaian Jacob John Antonneau Benjamin S Bigham Nicholas Robert Brillhart Nicholas Allen Broyles Anne Elizabeth Cockerline Hayden B Corrales Erica H Dodson Hunter C Fellers Brett T Fox Jarod Gagnebin Jacob James Gardner Samuel Reese Holston Aubrey Louise Jeffries * Xizhi Jiang Luke D Ketter Vincent Kiplimo Kipkoech Logan Reed Lewis *

* Departmental Honors

Jacob Thomas McCarver Haylee Marie McNay Christopher Charles Miller Nazirah Binti Mohd Janjang Ebony Shea Nelson * Brayton W Novak Ajay Pradhan Maria Claudia SanchezRodriquez

Shariar Shaun Sattarin Christopher Charles Schultz Cooper B Seely Jozsef L Szucs Shao Zheng Wan Navid Shaheen Yeasin Haozhe Zhang


Summer/Fall 2017

Sahel Suliman Alakel Zachary Bonser Kate O’Connor Cropp Joseph Mark Rasmussen Simon Morales Velasquez Sophie Wang

Spring 2018 Karlita Natasha Aini Bader A. Al Sayyed Luis Miguel Alaras Carrie Joan Albers Hisham Ghalib A Aldar Nathan S Atkins Anna Lynn Bader Taylor Anthony Bahm Cameron M Bartlett Kathryn Maxine Bauguess Devin A Beal Bridgette J Befort * Alec Berryman Timothy Blake Brenda Louise Blohm Adam M Boyer Erin Elizabeth Brady Tristan R Brandt Taylor Morgan Brasted Caroline Grace Bridgewater Jerrod Martin Castro Diana Marie Chaney


Lawrence Marc Chen Sichao Cheng Courtney Meghan Crain Brooks B Danahy * Sofia de la O Villarreal * Hayley M Ditmars Andrew Doerflinger * Matthew Engelson Madeline Louise Fang Cody M Fiola Tre D Flinn Claudia Carolyne Foster Kyle Thomas Gilmore * Tomas Wesley Green * Laura Ann Haar Joseph Hadel * Emily C Harmsen Jacob D Harrington Ross D Howard Chih-Chieh Hsu Sebastian Gonzalo Huayamares Moreno * Alexis Lea Hunter * Ronald C Hutchins Matthew Kavanaugh Mitchell Thomas Kelly Asaid Khan Alyssa Rachel Klee Abdul Basit Kodvavi Cecilia Rose Kurlbaum * Amy Dora Laflin * Colton E Lagerman * Junhyup Lee Michael Lee

Hannah Paige Leiker Jade Wang Looper Jeremy Robert Marr Alexander James Martin Katlyn Meggers Miranda Maria Mendiola Valdez Solomon Sashi Mitra David Andrew Moeder Kara Leigh Motley * Tammy Khuong Nguyen Steven Richard Nitz * Joseph R Obr Gbemisola Fiyinfoluwa Ojo Ellie K Onstott Alonzo McMillen Paige Jr Elizabeth M Peterson Lauren Elizabeth Pickens John Poulos

Valerie Lynn Pringle Marco Psihountas Sally G Ritchie Grant J Romme Zakk Sebastian Roy * Justin Kristopher Ruffalo Nicole Taylor Savastano * Joseph Lloyd Schroer Bryce Andrew Strong Logan Sutton Tyler Thai-Bao Van Lindsay Wheeler Kadek Satria Adi Wijaya Andrew Douglas Wildish Katherine A Wipfli Isabel Victoria Wyndrum

Photos by Cody Howard.


Rudhra Anandan

“Polyelectrolyte Complex Stabilized Supercritical CO2 Foam Systems Used for Hydraulic Fracturing Applications” Advised by Reza Barati

Xuejia Du

“Enhanced Solubility of CO2-oil Mixture in the Presence of C3H8 under Reservoir Conditions” Advised by Xiaoli (Laura) Li

Siyan Liu

“Prediction of Capillary Pressure and Relative Permeability Curves using Conventional Porescale Displacements and Artificial Neural Networks” Advised by Masoud Kalantari

Kavya Palakuari

“Investigation of feasible strategies for CO2 EOR flooding of the Ogallah field in Central Kansas” Co-Advised by Russ Ostermann and Jyun Tsau

Stan Thompson

“Simulation of Produced Brine Water Exchange between Kansas Arbuckle and Lansing-Kansas City Formations” Advised by Reza Barati

Lucas Whatley

“Water-Based Drill-In Fluid Optimization Using Polyelectrolyte Complex Nanoparticles as a Fluid Loss Additive” Advised by Reza Barati


Kourosh (Cyrus) Kian

“Modelling of Phase Behavior and Transport Properties of Compressed CO2-Saturated Alkanes: CO2/n-Hexane, CO2/n-Decane, and CO2/n-Tetradecane”

Advised by Aaron Scurto


Two students completed their Ph.D. in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering this past year, both under the guidance of Bala Subramaniam:

Dr. Dupeng Liu

“Hydroformylation of C3 and C8 Olefins in Hydrocarbon Gas-expanded Solvents”

Dr. Hongda Zhu

“Sythesis and Applications of MetalIncorporated Mesoporous Silicates in AcidCatalyzed Reactions”


Ten doctoral students completed their Comprehensive Exam this past year and are now officially Doctoral Candidates:

Bao Jia May 2017 Advised by Reza Barati

Robbie Hable September 2017 Advised by Susan Williams

Hongda Zhu October 2017 Advised by Bala Subramaniam

Sherifa Cudjoe November 2017 Advised by Reza Barati

Ziwei Song December 2017 Advised by RV Chaudhari

Aishik Chakraborty February 2018 Advised by Prajna Dhar

Joe Barforoush March 2018 Advised by Kevin Leonard

Yuanchao Li March 2018 Advised by Trung Nguyen

Tugba Turnaoglu March 2018 Advised by Mark Shiflett

Kakasaheb Nandiwale May 2018 Advised by Bala Subramaniam



Alan Allgeier Associate Professor

Alan Allgeier received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Northwestern University and spent twenty years working in industry in both the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors. His research focuses on catalysis, reaction engineering, and porous materials under the umbrella of sustainability. He leverages his expertise in heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis to develop processes for biomass conversion to monomers and for designing continuous manufacturing options for the pharmaceutical industry. Beyond sustainable manufacturing, Dr. Allgeier focuses on the characterization of porous materials by NMR and complementary techniques.

Cory Berkland Distinguished Professor

Cory Berkland received both his M.S. in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Illinois. His research interests include uniform biodegradable particles for drug release, the design of microcapsules utilizing a degradable polymeric shell, and device fabrication techniques for precision tissue scaffolds.

Kyle Camarda Associate Professor

Kyle Camarda received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Camarda’s research focuses mainly on the use of high-performance computers to solve optimization problems in product design, process design, and bioinformatics. A second line of research focuses on the use of new computing and networking technology to improve chemical engineering research and communications.

Brandon DeKosky Assistant Professor

Brandon DeKosky received his Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. The DeKosky laboratory works to invent and apply advanced NextGen molecular biology techniques to accelerate development of new human vaccines and therapeutics. The lab has a special focus on understanding highly effective human antibody responses to persistent viral infections (including HIV, EBV, CMV), and in characterizing the antibody response to experimental vaccines.


Reza Barati Associate Professor

Reza Barati received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Kansas. His research focuses on hydraulic fracturing and acidizing of unconventional reservoirs, characterization and simulation of tight oil and gas reservoirs, oilfield nanoparticles, CO2 EORMobility and conformance control, and enhanced waterflooding through modifications of injection-brine. Dr. Barati works with his lab, The Unconventional Resources Lab, on research in these areas.

Juan Bravo-Suarez Assistant Professor

Juan Bravo-Suarez received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Industrial University of Santander in Columbia. His topics of research include advanced catalyst synthesis, in situ spectroscopy and spectrokinetics, reaction kinetics, biomass and alternative feedstock conversion, fuels, and chemicals.

RV Chaudhari Distinguished Professor

Raghunath V. Chaudhari received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Bombay University in India. His research interests include multiphase catalysis & reaction engineering, homogeneous & heterogeneous catalysis, kinetic modeling and immobilization of metal complexes. This spring he was honored to be the recipient of the 2018 Murray Raney Award through the Organic Reaction Catalysis Society.

Prajna Dhar Associate Professor

Prajna Dhar received her M.S. in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Florida State University. Dr. Dhar’s research focuses on nanoscale fluctuations in lipid bilayers to develop a thorough understanding of organization of the cellular architecture at the molecular and cellular level and engineer miniature and efficient drug-delivery devices that work synergistically within the human body. She currently serves as the department’s Director of Graduate Studies.

Stevin Gehrke Professor

Stevin Gehrke received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on hydrogels and other novel polymers. In June, he spoke at the Polymer Networks Group in Stockholm, Sweden on the molecular engineering of glycosaminoglycan hydrogels and on the binding interactions of a specialized class of proteins with chitin nanofibers. He also spoke on chitin-binding proteins in a special session at the International Congress of Entomology.

Masoud Kalantari Assistant Professor

Amirmasoud (Masoud) Kalantari received his M.S. and Ph.D., both in Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering, from West Virginia University. Dr. Kalantari recently joined C&PE from Occidental and works with his research group, the Computational Earth Science and Smart Analytics Lab (CESSAL).

Xiaoli (Laura) Li

Assistant Professor

Xiaoli (Laura) Li received her M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the China University of Petroleum and her Ph.D. from the University of Regina in Canada. Dr. Li’s research interests include CO2 enhanced oil recovery and storage, phase behavior of solvents-reservoir fluids systems, multi-phase flow in porous media, antiscaling and anti-waxing in oilfield, and shale gas reservoir development.

Trung Nguyen Professor

Trung Van Nguyen received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. His current research focus is in electrocatalysts, nano-materials, and transport and interfacial phenomena in fuel cells, and flow batteries. This summer he was awared a new NSF grant through their CBET Divison.

Mei He

Assistant Professor

Mei He did her post-doctoral research at University of California, Berkeley in Bioengineering Department. She worked with Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems (COINS) and California Institute for Quantitative Bioscience (QB3) to address engineering innovation for analysis of complex biological systems. Her research interests include: Point-of-Care Biomedical Devices, Translational Challenges in Biotechnology, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics, and Biotechnology Integration and Automation for Biomarker Discovery.

Kevin Leonard Assistant Professor

Kevin Charles Leonard received his M.S. and Ph.D., both in Materials Science, from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Dr. Leonard’s research interests include developing new electrocatalysts based on earth-abundant materials, finding and developing new semiconductor materials, and nanoscale morphologies to improve the efficiency of photoelectrochemical reactions related to solar fuel applications, energy storage devices, and scanning electrochemical microscopy.

Shahin Negahban Associate Professor

Shahin Negahban received his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in Chemical & Petroleum Engineering from the University of Kansas. Dr. Negahban serves as the Director of the Tertiary Oil Recovery Program (TORP). Since joining KU, Dr. Negahban has been involved in the development of workshops studying EOR in Abu Dhabi, UAE and in developing a new PetroPhysics program with Schlumberger.

Karen Nordheden Associate Professor

Dr. Nordheden’s research interests are in the areas of plasma conversion, plasma diagnostics, and microfabrication. Her groups’s most recent project involves the plasma conversion of carbon dioxide to CO and O2. Plasma reactors are an attractive alternative to conventional conversion processes since the electrons and active species in the plasma can stimulate dissociation even when the bulk gas is near room temperature and at atmospheric pressure. They are also more energy efficient. The CO obtained by splitting CO2 could be combined with hydrogen to form synthesis gas for the production of value-added fuels and chemicals.



Russ Ostermann

Associate Professor, Associate Chair

Dr. Ostermann has worked primarily in the field of petroleum transport properties and phase behavior. Research projects have involved viscosity measurement and prediction, reservoir phase behavior measurement and prediction, and enhanced oil recovery. He currently serves as Assistant Director of the TORP labs.

Jennifer Robinson Assistant Professor

Jennifer Robinson received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University and completed postdoctoral training at Columbia University. Dr. Robinson’s lab focuses on soft-to-hard tissue engineering, etiologies of sex differences in musculoskeletal tissue, and the development of sex- and age-dependent biomaterials. Her research interests include: Hormones and cell response, bio-materials with tunable release of hormore receptors, and regeneration of complex tissue.

Mark Shiflett

Distinguished Foundation Professor

Mark Shiflett received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware. His research is focused on developing environmentally friendly and energy efficient chemical processes and products (www. shiflettresearch.com). He teaches in the Senior Unit Operations Laboratory. His group has setup a new engineering laboratory in LEEP2 and established a library containing over 3000 porous materials donated by the DuPont Company at the CEBC. He currently has three post-doctoral fellows, four graduate students and seventeen undergraduates working in his laboratory. He is also a Fellow of the AIChE and ACS.

Bala Subramaniam Distinguished Professor

Bala is Director of the Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis, a university/industry research consortium. His teaching/research interests are in catalysis and reaction engineering. Subramaniam’s research group has nearly 15 members (graduate/undergraduate students and postdoctoral fellows) with funding from federal and industry sources. Dr. Subramaniam is an associate editor of ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering journal and serves on Dow’s Technical Advisory Board. He is also a Fellow of the AIChE and the National Academy of Inventors.


Arghya Paul Assistant Professor

Arghya Paul received both his M.Sc. in Biotechnology and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from McGill University. His research interests include biotherapeutics, engineering biomimetic nanomaterials, regenerative micro-tissue engineering, stem cells & gene therapy, and bioengineered medical devices. Dr. Paul’s research group develops new classes of biofunctional materials, hybrid tissue regeneration matrices and biotransporters using micro and nano-scale technologies for diverse medical applications.

Aaron Scurto Associate Professor

Aaron M. Scurto received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Scurto’s research includes organometallic catalysis, biocatalysis, nanocomposites for gas separations, semi-conductor metal removal from nano-scale lithographies, sustainable chemistry and engineering, alternative solvents including supercritical fluids and ionic liquids, and high-pressure phase behavior and modeling.

Marylee Southard Associate Professor

Marylee Southard received her M.S. and Ph.D., both in Chemical Engineering, from the University of Kansas. Her research interests are in the design and analysis of chemical transport processes, specifically those in which bioactive agents are released. This last year she worked as the Associate Editor of the 9th Edition of Perry’s Handbook. This handbook is very familiar to all chemical engineering students around the world, and is the product of 147 contributors, all expertcs in the field.

Franklin (Feng) Tao Associate Professor

Franklin (Feng) Tao is a Miller Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. His research interests include heterogeneous catalysis for transformation of small molecules to chemicals and fuel feedstock and environmental remediation, and development and applications of in-situ and operando characterization instruments/techniques to studies of catalysis. He has published about 140 papers and is an elected RSC fellow. Dr. Tao is on the advisory/ editorial boards of several journals including Chemical Society Reviews and Catalysis Science & Technology. This year he was named as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Shapour Vossoughi Professor

Shapour Vossoughi received both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta in Canada. Dr. Vossoughi’s research interests include enhanced oil recovery, rheology of polymeric solutions and gels, kinetics of crude oil combustion, heavy oil recovery and in situ combustion, and oil and gas reservoir simulation.

Susan Williams Professor

Susan Michelle Williams received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. Her research interests include thermochemical conversion of algal biomass to high value products, glycerol reforming for syngas and hydrogen production, heterogeneous materials for Lean NOx Traps, electroporation of algae, fuel property modeling, and her Biodiesel Production Plant. Dr. Williams also serves as the department’s Director of Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Studies.

Paul Willhite Distinguished Professor

Paul Willhite received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University. His research interests include enhanced oil recovery process, transport processes in porous media, numerical solution of partial differential equations, and environmental heat transfer problems. Dr. Willhite has projects including The Carbon Dioxide Initiative in Central and Southwest Kansas, permeability modification using in-situ gelation of polymers, and management of petroleum reservoirs.

Laurence R. Weatherley Distinguished Professor, Chair

Laurence Weatherley is the Albert P. Learned Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Kansas. Dr. Weatherley received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in Chemical Engineering for research on ion exchange kinetics in macroporous resins. He has published over 250 research papers, articles, conference papers and other contributions. Dr. Weatherley is a chartered professional engineer (UK), a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, United Kingdom, and a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand. He also holds a visiting Professorship at the Lodz University of Technology, Poland. Dr. Weatherley sits on the editorial boards of Chemical Engineering and Processing and the Chemical Engineering Journal. He was executive co-editor of the Chemical Engineering Journal for 10 years until 2010.

Photo courtesy of Mei He

Photo by Cody Howard.



Alan Allgeier

Lasio, J. Allgeier, A. M., Chan, C. D., Londono, J. D., Najafi, E. & Woerner, F. J. “Control of Mechanical Stability of Hollow Silica Particles, and Its Measurement by Mercury Intrusion Porosimetry.” Langmuir, 33(19), 2017, 4666-4674.

Reza Barati

Bao Jia, Jyun-Syung Tsau, Reza Barati. “A workflow to estimate shale gas permeability variations during the production process.” Fuel, 220(15), 2018, pp. 879-889. Oraki Kohshou, I., Barati, R., Yorro, M.C. et al. “Economic assessment and review of waterless fracturing technologies in shale resource development: A case study.” Journal of Earth Science, 28(5), 2017, 933–948. Cudjoe, S., Barati, R., Lattice Boltzmann. “Simulation of CO2 Transport in Kerogen Nanopores—An Evaluation of CO2 Sequestration in Organic-Rich Shales.” Journal of Earth Science, 28(5), 2017, pp 926–932. Nazari N, Tsau J-S, Barati R. “CO2 Foam Stability Improvement Using Polyelectrolyte Complex Nanoparticles Prepared in Produced Water.” Energies, 10(4), 2017, 516.

Cory Berkland

Pacelli S, Basu S, Whitlow J, Chakravarti A, Acosta F, Varshney A, Modaresi S, Berkland C, Paul A. “Strategies to develop endogenous stem cell-recruiting bioactive materials for tissue repair and regeneration.” Adv. Drug Delivery Reviews, 120, 2017; pp 50-70. Xie SX, Baoum AA, Alhakamy NA, Berkland CJ. “Calcium enhances gene expression when using low molecular weight poly-l-lysine delivery vehicles.” Int. Journal of Pharmaceutics, 547(1-2), 2018, pp. 274-281. Ruiz SI, Bowen LE, Bailey MM, Berkland C. “Pulmonary Delivery of Ceftazidime for the Treatment of Melioidosis in a Murine Model.” Molecular Pharmaceutics, 15(3), 2018, pp. 1371-1376. Gupta V, Khan Y, Berkland CJ, Laurencin CT, Detamore MS. “Microsphere-Based Scaffolds in Regenerative Engineering.” Annual Rev Biomed Eng., vol 19, 2017, pp. 135-161.

Juan Bravo-Suarez

Kumar, R.; Enjamuri, N.; Shah, S.; Al-Fatesh, A. S.; Bravo-Suarez, J. J.; Chowdhury, B. “Ketonization of Oxygenated Hydrocarbons on Metal Oxide Based Catalysts,” Catalysis Today, 302, 2018, 16-49. Medina, Juan C., Manuel Figueroa, Raydel Manrique, Jhonatan Rodríguez Pereira, Priya D. Srinivasan, Juan J. Bravo-Suárez, Víctor G. Baldovino Medrano, Romel Jiménez, and Alejandro Karelovic. “Catalytic Consequences of Ga Promotion on Cu for CO2 Hydrogenation to Methanol.” Catalysis Science & Technology,


vol. 7, no. 15, 2017, pp. 3375–3387. Srinivasan, P. D.; Nitz, S. R.; Stephens, K. J.; Atchison, E.; Bravo-Suarez, J. J. “Modified Harrick reaction cell for in situ/operando fiber optics diffuse reflectance UV-visible spectroscopic characterization of catalysts.” Applied Catalysis A, 561, 2018, 7-18.

T Dittmer, Saba Ghazvini, C Russell Middaugh, Michael R Kanost, Stevin H Gehrke, Prajnaparamita Dhar. “Self-Assembled Coacervates of Chitosan and an Insect Cuticle Protein Containing a Rebers-Riddiford Motif.” Biomacromolecules/ACS, 19(7), 2018, 2391-2400.

Kyle Camarda

Townsend, J. M., Andrews, B. T., Feng, Y. Wang, J. Nudo, R. J., Gehrke, S. H., Berkland, C. J., & Detamore, M. S. “Superior calvarial bone regeneration using pentenoate-functionalized hyaluronic acid hydrogels with devitalized tendon particles.” Acta Biomaterialia, 71, 2018, 148-155. Pacelli, S. Maloney, R. Chakravarti, A. R., Whitlow, J. Basu, S. Modaresi, S. Gehrke, S. & Paul, A. “Controlling adult stem cell behavior using nanodiamond-reinforced hydrogel: implication in bone regeneration therapy.” Scientific Reports, 7(1), 2017.

Anjan K. Tula, Bridgette Befort, Nipun Garg, Kyle V. Camarda, Rafiqul Gani. “Sustainable process design & analysis of hybrid separations.” Computers & Chemical Engineering, vol. 105(4), 2017, 96-104.

RV Chaudhari

Du, F.; Jin, X.; Yan, W.; Zhao, M.; Thapa, P. S.; Chaudhari, R. V. “Catalytic H2 auto transfer amination of polyols to alkyl amines in one pot using supported Ru catalysts,” Catalysis Today, 302, 2018, 227-232. Liu, D.; Chaudhari, R.V.; Subramaniam, B. “Enhanced solubility of hydrogen and carbon monoxide in propane- and propylene-expanded liquids,” AIChE Journal, 64(3),2018, 970-980. Liu, D.; Xie, Z.; Snavely, W. K.; Chaudhari, R.; Subramaniam, B. “Enhanced hydroformylation of 1-octene in n-butane expanded solvents with Co-based complexes,” React. Chem. Eng., 3, 2018, 344-352.

Brandon DeKosky

Duan H, Chen X, Boyington JC, Cheng C, Zhang Y, Jafari AJ, Stephens T, Tsybovsky Y, Kalyuzhniy O, Zhao P, Menis S, Nason MC, Normandin E, Mukhamedova M, DeKosky BJ, Wells L, Schief WR, Tian M, Alt F, Kwong PD, Mascola JR, “Glycan-masking Focuses Immune Responses to the HIV-1 CD4-Binding Site and Enhances Elicitation of VRC01-Class Precursor Antibodies,” Immunity, 49(2), 2018, 301-311. Wang B, DeKosky BJ, Timm MR, Lee J, Normandin, et al. “Functional Interrogation and Mining of Natively-Paired VH:VL Human Antibody Repertoires,” Nature Biotechnology, 36, 2018, 152-155. Lau D, Lan LY, Andrews SF, Huang M, Huang Y, DeKosky BJ, Rojas KT, Henry C, Neu KE, Palm EI, Ippolito GC, Georgiou G, Wilson PC, “Low CD21 expression defines a population of recent germinal center graduates primed for plasma cell differentiation” Science Immunology, 2(7):eaai8153, 2017.

Prajna Dhar

Aishik Chakraborty, Saba Ghazvhini, Alan J Waring, Prajnaparamita Dhar. “At the Air-Water Interface, the Reversibility of the Phospholipid Monolayers in the Presence of Mini-B, Depends on the Lipid Head-Group Charge of the Mixtures.” Biophysical Journal, vol. 114, iss. 3, 2018, pp. 461a. M Coleman Vaclaw, Patricia A Sprouse, Neal

Stevin Gehrke

Mei He

Q. Zhu, M. Heon, Z. Zhao, M. He. “Microfluidic Engineering of Exosomes: Editing Cellular Messages for Precision Therapeutics.” Royal Society of Chemistry: Lab on a Chip, vol. 18, 2018, 1690-1703.

Amirmasoud Kalantari

Li, Y., Kalantari-Dahaghi, A., Zolfaghari, A., Dong, P., Negahban, S., and Zhou, D. “Fractal-based real gas flow model in shales: An interplay of nano-pore and nano-fracture networks.” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, vol 127 (C), 2018, 1188-1202.

Kevin Leonard

Jantz, D. T.; Leonard, K. C. “Characterizing Electrocatalysts with Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 57(22), 2018, 7431–7440. Barforoush, J.M.; Seuferling, T.E.; Jantz. D.T.; Song, K.R. and Leonard, K.C. “Insights into the Active Electrocatalytic Areas of Layered Double Hydroxide and Amorphous Nickel–Iron Oxide Oxygen Evolution Electrocatalysts.” ACS Applied Energy Materials Vol. 1, Issue 4, pp. 1415-1423 (2018). Shaughnessy, C.I.; Jantz. D.T. and Leonard, K.C. “Selective electrochemical CO2 reduction to CO using in situ reduced In2O3 nanocatalysts.” Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Vol. 5, Issue 43, 2017, 22743-22749.

Xiaoli (Laura) Li

Fan, Z., Cheng, L., Yang, D., and Li, X. “Optimization of Well Pattern Parameters for Waterflooding in an Anisotropic Formation.” Mathematics Geoscience, 2018, 1-26. Zheng, R., Li, S., & Li, X.. “Sensitivity Analysis of Hydrate Dissociation Front Conditioned to Depressurization and Wellbore Heating.” Marine and Petroleum Geology, 91, 2018,

631-638. Li, X., Han, H., Yang, D., Liu, X., & Qin, J. “Phase Behavior of C3H8-CO2-Heavy Oil Systems in the Presence of Aqueous Phase under Reservoir Conditions.” Fuel, 209, 2017, 358-370.

Trung Van Nguyen

Yuanchao Li and Trung Van Nguyen, “Coreshell rhodium sulfide catalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction/hydrogen oxidation reaction in hydrogen-bromine reversible fuel cell.” J. Power Sources, 382, 2018, 152-159. Trung Van Nguyen, “Fuel Cells: Section 7: Power Generation.” Mark’s Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, 12th Edition, Ali Sadegh and William Worek, Eds., New York, NY, 2017. Regis P. Dowd Jr., Ankit Verma, Yuanchao Li, Devon Powers, Ryszard Wycisk, Peter N. Pintauro, and Trung Van Nguyen, “A Hydrogen-Vanadium Rerversible Fuel Cell Crossover Study,” Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 164 (14), 2017, F1-F7. Kevin Tenny, Vikram Lakhanpal, Regis P. Dowd Jr., Venkata Yarlagadda, and Trung Van Nguyen, “Impact of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube Fabrication on Carbon Cloth Electrodes for Hydrogen-Vanadium Reversible Fuel Cells,” J. Electrochem. Society, 164 (12), 2017, A2534-A2538.

Karen Nordheden

Banerjee, A. M., Billinger, J. Nordheden, K. J., & Peeters, F. J. “Conversion of CO2 in a packed-bed dielectric barrier discharge reactor.” Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A, 36(4), 2018, 04F403.

Arghya Paul

A.R. Chakravarti, S. Pacelli, P. Alam, S. Bagchi, S. Modaresi, A. Czirok, R.P.H. Ahmed, and A. Paul. “Pre-Conditioning Stem Cells in a Biomimetic Environment for Enhanced Cardiac Tissue Repair: In Vitro and In Vivo Analysis.” Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, 2018, 1-16. Jonathan Whitlow, Pacelli, S, Arghya Paul.* “Multifunctional nanodiamonds in regenerative medicine: Recent advances and future directions.” Journal of Controlled Release. 261, 2017, 62-86. Ryan Maloney, Settimio Pacelli, Aparna R.Chakravarti, Jonathan Whitlow, Sayantani Basu, Saman Modaresi, Stevin Gehrke, Arghya Paul.* “Controlling Adult Stem Cell Behavior Using Nanodiamond-Reinforced hydrogel: Implication in Bone Regeneration Therapy.” Scientific Reports ,7, Article number: 6577, 2017.

Jennifer Robinson

J. Robinson, P. Soria, M. Xu, H. H. Lu, J. Chen, S. Wadhwa, “Estrogen Promotes TMJ

Condylar Cartilage Chondrogenesis and Maintains Homeostasis via Estrogen Receptor Alpha,” Scientific Reports, 8, 2018. S. Yadav, Y. Yang, E. Dutra, J. Robinson, S. Wadhwa, “Temporomandibular Joint Disorders in Older Adults,” Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 66(6), 2018, 1213-1217. M. Shirakura, V. Kram, J. Robinson, S. Sikka, T. Kilts, S. Wadhwa, M. Young, “Extracellular matrix mediates BMP-2 in a model of temporomandibular joint osteoarthritis,” Cells, Tissues, and Organs, 204, 2017, 84-92.

Aaron Scurto

Kian, K. and Scurto, A. M. “Viscosity of compressed CO2-saturated n-alkanes: CO2/n-hexane, CO2/n-decane, and CO2/n-tetradecane,” J. Supercrit. Fluids, 133(1), 2018, 411-420. Minnick, D. L.; Flores, R. A.; Scurto, A. M. “Viscosity and Rheology of Ionic Liquid Mixtures Containing Cellulose and Cosolvents for Advanced Processing.” ACS Symposium Series, 1250, Chap. 8, 2018, 189-208.

Mark Shiflett

D.L. Minnick, T. Turnaoglu, M.A. Rocha, M.B. Shiflett. “Gas and vapor sorption measurements using electronic beam balances.” Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology, 36(5), 2018. N.S. Reding, M.B. Shiflett “Metal Dust Explosion Hazards: A Technical Review.” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 57(34), 2018, 11473-11482. B.B. Danahy, D.L. Minnick, and M.B. Shiflett “Computing the Composition of Ethanol-Water Mixtures Based on Experimental Density and Temperature Measurements.” Journal of Fermentation, 4(3), 2018, 72. Gilbert, W.J.R., Safarov, J., Minnick, D.L., Rocha, M.A., Hassel, E., Shiflett, M.B. “Density, Viscosity, and Vapor Pressure Measurements of Water + Lithium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide Solutions.” Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, 62(7) 2017, 2056-2066. Minnick, D.L., Gilbert, W.J.R., Rocha, M.A., Shiflett, M.B. “Thermodynamic Measurement and Modeling of Vinyl Fluoride Solubility in Aqueous Lithium Bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide Li+Tf2N- + H2O Solutions.” Fluid Phase Equilibria, 444, 2017, 61-68.

Marylee Southard

Don Green and Marylee Southard. “Perry’s Chemcial Engineers’ Handbook.” McGraw-Hill Education, 9th Edition, 2018.

Bala Subramaniam

B. Subramaniam, “Chemical Process Intensification with Pressure-Tunable Media.” Theoretical Foundations of Chemical Engineering, 51(6), 2017, 928-935. X. Zuo, A. S. Chaudhari, K. W. Snavely, F. Niu, H. Zhu, K. J. Martin and B. Subramaniam, “Kinetics of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural

Oxidation to 2,5-Furandicarboxylic Acid with Co/Mn/Br Catalyst.” AIChE Journal, 63, 2017, 162-171. M. D. Lundin, A. M. Danby, G. R. Akien, P. Venkitasubramanian, K. J. Martin, D. H. Busch and B. Subramaniam, “Intensified and Safe Ozonolysis of Fatty Acid Methyl Esters in Liquid CO2 in a Continuous Reactor.” AIChE Journal, 63(7), 2017, 2819-2826. D. Liu, R. V. Chaudhari and B. Subramaniam, “Enhanced Solubility of Hydrogen and Carbon Monoxide in Propane- and Propylene-Expanded Liquids,” AIChE Journal, 24(3), 2018, 970-980. Liu, D.; Xie, Z.; Snavely, W. K.; Chaudhari, R.; Subramaniam, B. “Enhanced hydroformylation of 1-octene in n-butane expanded solvents with Co-based complexes.” Reaction Chemistry & Engineering, issue 3, 2018, 344-352.

Franklin (Feng) Tao

Phivilay, S.P.; Roberts, C.A.; Gamalski A.D.; Stach,E.A.; Zhang, S.; Nguyen, L.; Tang,Y.; Xiong, A.; Puretzky, A.A.; Tao, F.; Domen,K.; and Wachs, I.E.*. “Anatomy of a Visible Light Activated Photocatalyst for Water Splitting.” ACS Catalysis, vol 8 (7), 2018,6650–6658. Celik, G.; Ailawar, S.; Sohn, H.; Tang, Y.; Tao, F.; Miller, J. T.; Edmiston, P.; Ozkan, U.*, “Swellable Organically-modified Silica (SOMS) as a Catalyst Scaffold for Catalytic Treatment of Water Contaminated with Trichloroethylene.” ACS Catalysis, 8 (8), 2018, 6796–6809. Liu, J.; Fung, V.; Wang, Y.; Du, K.; Zhang, S.; Nguyen, L.; Tang, Y.; Fan, J.; Jiang, D.; Tao, F.* “Promotion of catalytic selectivity on transition metal oxide through restructuring surface lattice.” Applied Catalysis B. Environmental, Vol 237, 2018, 957-969. Zhu, W., Shan, J., Nguyen, L., Zhang, S, Tao, F., and Zhang, Y.W. “Evolution of surface of Pd-Rh bimetallic nanocubes and its correlation with CO oxidation.” Science China Materials, 2018, 1-12.

Laurence Weatherley

L.R Weatherly and A. Anand. “The Performance of Microbial Lipase Immobilized into Polyolefin Supports for Hydrolysis of High Oleate Sunflower Oil.” Process Biochemistry, Vol. 68, May 2018, 100-107. L.R Weatherly, A.S. Gangu, A.M. Scurto, and J. Petera. “Process Intensification of Enzymatic Biotransformation Processes.” Green Chemistry Series 55, Intensification of Biobased Processes, eds. Andrzej Gorak and Andrzek Staniewicz, The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2018, 268-288. L.R.Weatherley, J Peter a, Z. Qiu. “Intensification of Mass Transfer and Reaction in Electrically Disturbed Liquid-Liquid Systems.” Chemical Engineering Journal, 322, 2017, 115–128.


ANNUAL SPRING AWARDS BANQUET Outstanding Freshmen: Jennifer Chen (ChE) & Mitchell Meyer (PetE) AIChE Outstanding Sophomores

Anna Donovan, Sarah Freeburne, Kerry Kao, Austin Keller, Soham Patel


Kaylee Barr (ChE) & Douglas Porter (PetE) Sophomores:

Outstanding Juniors

Kerry Kao (ChE), Austin Keller (ChE), Nicholas Brockman (PetE) Vince Imbler Outstanding Seniors

Andrew Doerflinger (ChE) & Aubrey Jeffries (PetE) Outstanding Senior Design

Jacob Antonneau (PetE), Jarod Gagnebin (PetE). Erica Dodson (PetE), Luke Ketter (PetE), Sam Holston (PetE), Shariar Sattarin (PetE), Talal Aladwani (PetE), Ahmad Ali (PetE), and Adam Boyer (ChE) Undergraduate Research Performance

First Place: Kaylee Barr, Ny Channary, Jorge Umana Second Place: Kathryn Bauguess, Sofia de la O, Anna Wilson, Kerry Kao Third Place: Mason Avery Choitz Outstanding Academic Achievement

Jacob Antonneau (PetE), Taylor Bahm (ChE), Adam Boyer (ChE), Lawrence Chen (ChE), Andrew Doerflinger (ChE), Colton Lagerman (ChE), Hannah Leiker (ChE), Kara Motley (ChE), and Steven Nitz (ChE) Fred Kurata Thermodynamics Award

Kerry Kao (ChE) Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant

Tugba Turnaoglu (ChE)

Merrill A. Jones Service Award

Taylor Brasted (ChE), Kathryn Bauguess (ChE), Ashley Soffian (PetE) Outstanding Master of Science Research

Stan Thompson (PetE)

Oenbring Undergraduate Teaching Award

Arghya Paul (ChE) & Reza Barati (PetE) 16 DEPARTMENT



Photo courtesy of Richard H. Hoover.

ichard earned a BS degree in Chemical Engineering at KU, graduating in 1971. His professional career was almost entirely with Dow Corning and involved a very diverse set of responsibilities in different management positions. His successes and personal recognition from the company, as demonstrated by his appointment to several positions of very significant responsibility, exemplify what can be accomplished in professional work by a chemical engineer. Notable positions which he held with Dow Corning are described in what follows. Early in his career he served as President and CEO of Dow Corning, Mexico, an introduction to management of a chemical company in the international sphere. Then, in 1992, he was named Executive Director for Health and Safety, a role in which he served for two years as the Dow Corning point person interacting with the FDA and EPA during company lawsuits involving silicone breast implants. In this position he was a key person in decisions involving billions of dollars. A following very notable appointment was as Corporate Vice President, and President and CEO of Dow Corning Asia, a position which he held for six years. This company was active in the People’s Republic of China and South Korea. The very large company, approximately 700 employees, had a revenue stream on the order of one billion dollars. During this period, he also served as Board Chairman

Richard H. Hoover of Hemlock Semiconductor, the world’s largest producer of polycrystal silicon for the chip industry (joint Dow Corning venture with 2/3 ownership). In a final phase of his work, he was a member of the Dow Corning Investment Committee which has fiduciary and investment responsibility for benefit and pension plans with a value on the order of two billion dollars. Following retirement, since 2013 Rich has served on the Leelanau County, Michigan Conservancy Board, Executive and Finance Committees which advises on land purchases and development easements for watersheds, farmland and animal migration corridors. This is a notable public service activity. Rich hails from a large KU family starting with his grandfather in 1928. Rich’s dad was a KU Chemical Engineering graduate (1945) as is one of his nieces. His mother was also a KU graduate from College of Science and Liberal Arts (1945). His wife Beth graduated from KU with a Chemistry B.S. degree (1971). Rich has two children, a son Richard who graduated from KU Biology Department (1998), and a daughter Ginger who “escaped” to MSU. His sister Alicia, and his brother-in-law Roger Rieder are also KU graduates. In retirement, Rich and Beth reside on the Leelanau peninsula in Northwest Michigan. Based on his many professional accomplishments as a leader in the chemical industry, on a worldwide scale, and his public service, Richard H. Hoover is inducted into the C&PE Hall of Fame.

Photo by Cody Howard.



External Members Joel Abrahamson

Senior Applications Engineer, 3M, St Paul, MN

Colby Arnold

Reservoir Engineer, Utica, Chesapeake Energy Corp.

Kelli Calhoon

Senior Project Manager for Blackstone Environ., Inc.

Jana Chester (Chair)

Senior Reservoir Engineer for XTO Energy, Inc.

Kirk Gerdes

Chief of Staff/Chief Research Officer, US Dept. of Energy

Gary Gould

Senior Vice President of Production and Resource Development for Continental Resources, Inc.

Don Green

Distinguished Prof. Emeritus, University of Kansas

Guy Green

Chief of Design Branch, Seattle Corps of Engineers

Sonya Herrick

R&D Senior Director, Global OTC Pain Franchise, Johnson & Johnson

Jeremy Johnson

Cofounder of Agrivida, Inc., Medford, MA

Anahita Khanlari

Principal Research Engineer, NALCO Champion

Carol Krska

Owner of InkCycle, Inc., Lenexa, Kansas

Emilie Asbury, Kent Pennybaker, and Janet Knollenberg at the 2018 banquet.

Yvonne Murtha

Orthopedic Surgery, University of Missouri

Kent Pennybaker

President, River City Engineering, Inc.

Derrick K. Rollins, Sr.

Professor and Director of ISU IINspire-LSAMP, Dept. Chemical and Biological Eng., Iowa State University

Lanny Schoeling

Oilfield Innovations, NeoTek Energy

Robert Smith

Retired from Black & Veatch

Jacob Spence

Kevin Lefferty

Business Development Manager, Chevron Phillips

Lance Lobban

Director, Environ. Sciences & Technology Division, Environmental Protection Agency

Senior VP, US Operations, Devon Energy Corp. Francis W. Winn Chair of Chemical Engineering, University of Oklahoma

Jana Chester, Kyle Camarda, and Karen Camarda at the 2018 Banquet

Cecilia Tapia

Dominic M. Varraveto

Chief Process Engineer, Burns & McDonnell

Bryn Womack

Process Safety Engineer, ExxonMobil

Internal Members from KU

Kevin Leonard Assistant Professor

Karen Nordheden Associate Professor

Russ Ostermann Associate Professor

Shapour Vossoughi Professor Photos by Cody Howard


Laurence Weatherley

Distinguished Professor, Department Chair


Thank you to the following individuals and organizations who have supported C&PE from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. $50,000 OR MORE John V. Bossi * Zachary D. Holland and Melissa L. Holland Allyn W. Risley and Jill Bogan Risley Stanley S. Thurber

$1,000 TO $2,999, CONTINUED

Bethannie Fought Canter and Jason A. Canter Thomas C. Doughty Edmund H. Fording Jr. David P. Fritz, MD and Jamie E. Fritz H. Lance Goldberg $25,000 TO $49,999 C. Patrick Green, MD George L. Cooper Mary Ann Powell and Nick Pat Green and Don W. Powell Green, PhD $10,000 TO $24,000 Jose A. Gutierrez Larry D. Hallenbeck Albert A. Heckes Kyle A. Mathis and KaRan Elma Dwyer Hughes Mathis Sybil Meyer Johnson and James E. Smith, PE, MS Jeffrey L. Johnson and Dori L. Smith Roy M. Knapp, DE and Mark W. Tompkins and Judith Young Knapp Dianne E. Tompkins, PhD Lance L. Lobban, PhD M. Eugene Tunison, PhD John E. McElhiney, PhD and Sheryl A. Tunison and Annette B. McElhiney $5,000 TO $9,999 Kent A. Pennybaker CDR Robert C. Dees and Janet Knollenberg Pennybaker Robert W. Keener Dave E. Reese and Barbara Linda A. Poyser L. Reese Robert H. Smith, PhD and Margaret Moseley Smith Lucas M. Sander Donald P. Sobocinski, PhD Keith A. Shetlar and and Joan F. Sobocinski Kathryn Caldwell Shetlar David F. Tarverdi $,3000 TO $4,999 Michelle Cozad Fritsch and Laurence E. Tarvestad and Jill J. Tarvestad Paul B. Fritsch George L. Ward Gary E. Gould and Elizabeth A. Gould $1 TO $99 Daryl L. Hughes * Joel T. Abrahamson, PhD and Dorea Ruggles, PhD Frank E. Komin and Sharon Komin John A. Anderson and Fred S. Williams and Anne Deborah Z. Anderson Proctor Williams James G. Baird and Joan M. Baird David R. Zornes and Cynthia L. Zornes Jeffrey M. Bartlett and Sarah Morrisett Bartlett $1,000 TO $2,999 Creed E. Blevins Jimmie R. Bowden and Bruce J. Boggs, Jr. Helen J. Bowden Laurence R. Brown Grant M. Canaday



James A. Compton Cynthia R. Deschaine Nicole E. Donnelly Elmer L. Dougherty, PhD Thomas F. Edgar, PhD Linda Funk and Martin Funk James O. Gibson and Linda Ryan Gibson William J. Glick Deena Goodman and Philip J. Goodman Larry Greenbaum Marlin D. Harmony and Nancy M. Harmony Shelley R. Herder Sonny T. Hong Randall B. Ivey Al Jaymand Jeremy C. Johnson Charles J. Kallmeyer Traci A. King William E. Kuster Kevin D. Lafferty and Jennifer A. Parks-Lafferty Michael E. Lewis W. Gregory McCarty Cindy L. Miller and Robert J. Miller David R. Nance Abigail C. Perkins Steven B. Pontious Paul W. Reetz Martha Proctor Riedl and Joseph F. Riedl Lanny G. Schoeling, DE and Jill A. Schoeling Hannah M. Smith and Samuel C. Bihuniak Calandra R. Statz E. Kenneth Stevenson Jr. and Doris Mitchell Stevenson

Brian D. Stubbings Curtis M. Stubbings Marieliza Suarez-Gomez Garry A. Tanner Danish S. Tarar David William Taylor and Betty A. Taylor LTC Earl A. Thompson, Retired Alexander J. Trower Tugba Turnaoglu Ann E. N. Wallsmith Donald R. Watson and Colleen M. Watson David L. Wood III, PhD

CORPORATE SUPPORT Berexco LLC Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP ConocoPhillips Exxon Mobil Corporation River City Engineering Inc.

* Deceased

GIVING TO C&PE Continued support from our alumni and friends ensures that our next generation of students has the resources they need. These resources enable C&PE to produce the most ingenious graduates and innovative research possible.

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The Earth, Energy, and Enviornment Center is Now Open The EEEC includes both Slawson and Ritchie Halls. The dedication ceremony took place in March 2018. We were especially excited to unveil the Green/Willhite Office Suite. This suite houses our petroleum focused faculty members, staff, and graduate students. Our new petroleum undergraduate teaching lab and expanded TORP labs are located in Slawson Hall, and it is the home of the new Robert W. Beren Conference Hall.

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