Group Members

Principal Investigator



David W. Flaherty

Associate Professor
Dow Chemical Company Scholar
Energy Biosciences Institute
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Postdoc., University of California, Berkeley, 2012
Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, 2010
B.S., University of California, Berkeley, 2004

E-mail: dwflhrty at Illinois dot edu

Post-Doctoral Researchers


netiyys at Illinois dot edu

Seoul National University
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (2017)



danimy at Illinois dot edu

Seoul National University
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (2017)

Graduate Students


oskwon2 at Illinois dot edu

Seoul National University
B.S. Chemical Engineering (2017)
Seoul National University
M.S. Chemical Engineering (2019)


dspotts2 at Illinois dot edu

University of Oklahoma
B.S. Chemical Engineering (2018)

Undergraduate Students

Post-Doctoral and Graduate-Student Alumni

(To all group Alumni, email Abinaya or Daniel to provide an updated email or location)

David Ollodart
B.S. University of Washington, 2017

Project: Ethanol Upgrading over Zeolite Catalysts

Dr. Arian Ghorbanpour
ariang at illinois dot edu
PhD., Chemical Engineering: University of Houston, 2015

Project: Microporous Catalysts for Biomass Upgrading

Dr. Megan E. Witzke
witzke2 at illinois dot edu
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018 (Prof. D.W. Flaherty)

Project: Hydrodeoxygenation over Nickel Phosphide, Ethanol upgrading over Supported Copper, and Spectroscopic Methods in Catalysis

Current Location: ExxonMobil; Clinton, NJ

Dr. Neil M. Wilson
nmwilso2 at illinois dot edu
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017 (Prof. D.W. Flaherty)

Project: Direct Synthesis of H2O2

Current Location: LAM Research; Fremont, CA

Dr. SiWei (Andy) Chang
schang47 at illinois dot edu
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017 (Prof. D.W. Flaherty)

Project: Bond Cleavage over Single-Crystal Ru and P-doped Ru

Current Location: Intel; Portland, OR

Dr. Hongbo Zhang
zhang811 at illinois dot edu
Ph.D. Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, 2012 (Profs. X. Bao and X. Pan)
Post Doc. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017 (Prof. D.W. Flaherty)

Project: Groups IV and V Metal Oxides for C2 Oxygenate Coupling

Current Location: Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Nankai University

Dr. Takahiko Moteki
Ph.D. University of Tokyo, 2013 (Prof. T. Okubo)
Post Doc. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016 (Prof. D.W. Flaherty)

Project: C-C bond formation among C2-C4 oxygenates

Current Location: Assistant Professor of Chemical Systems Engineering, University of Tokyo

Jimmy Shih
B.S. University of Michigan, 2012

Project: Chemoselective hydrogenations on Pt and surface-modified Pt catalysts

Undergraduate Alumni

      • Rebecca Schultz; Chemical Engineering, Class of 2019;
      • Gayathri Kulkarni; Chemical Engineering, Class of 2019;
      • Alayna Johnson; Chemistry, Class of 2020; Current Location: Zimmerman Group
      • Luke Greenfield; Chemical Engineering, Class of 2017; Current Location: PepsiCo
      • Mark Triezenberg; Chemical Engineering, Class of 2017; Current Location: Abbvie
      • Vivek Vermani; Chemical Engineering, Class of 2019; Current Location: University of Illinois
      • Katherine Nagode; Chemical Engineering, Class of 2018; Current Location: University of Illinois
      • Aaliya Mumtaz; Chemical Engineering, Class of 2018; Current Location: University of Illinois
      • Andrew Rowley; Chemical Engineering, Class of 2016; Current Location:¬†University of California, Irvine
      • Christian Coonrod; Chemical Engineering, Class of 2016; Current Location: Rice University
      • Kenan Al-Bardan; Chemical Engineering, Class of 2017; Current Location: University of Illinois
      • Rong Jiao; Chemical Engineering, Class of 2015; Current Location: Baker Risk
      • Christine Rovani; Chemical Engineering, Class of 2015; Current Location: BP
      • Aileen Wee; Chemical Engineering, Class of 2015; Current Location: Epic Systems Corporation
      • Han Xiao; Chemical Engineering, Class of 2015; Current Location: University of Minnesota
      • Supriya Hobbs; Chemical Engineering, Class of 2014; Current Location: Eli Lilly
      • Rogan Kipp; Chemical Engineering, Class of 2015; Current Location:
      • Benjamin Kanevsky; Chemical Engineering, Class of 2014; Current Location: Cal Tech
      • Kenneth Yun; Chem Engineering, Class of 2018; Current Location: University of Illinois
      • Jaclyn Letzter; Chem Engineering, Class of 2017; Current Location: University of Illinois
      • Lan Wei; Chemical Engineering, Class of 2015; Current Location:

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