Principal Investigator



Dr. Nirala Singh

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering (2018-Present)
ChemE Car Advisor (2018-Present)
Postdoctoral Researcher, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (2015-2017)
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Washington (2015-2017)
PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara (2010-2015)
BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan Ann Arbor (2006-2009)

Office: 2050W, Building No. 28, North Campus Research Complex
E-Mail: snirala@umich.edu
Contact: 734-764-1571



Postdoctoral Researchers



Dr. Libo Yao (E-Mail: yalibo@umich.edu)
Co-advised by Prof. Charles McCrory

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Michigan (2021-present)
PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Akron (2017-2021)
MSE, Chemical Engineering, China University of Petroleum, Beijing (2014-2017)
BSE, Chemical Engineering, China University of Petroleum, East China (2010-2014)

Project: CO2 reduction
Details to be added soon


Dr. Gyan P Sharma (E-Mail: gyans@umich.edu)

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Michigan (2022-present)
Research Advisor, Kanopy Techno solutions Private Limited, India (2019-2022)
PhD, Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (2011-2019)
M.Tech, Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (2009-2011)
B.Tech, Biochemical Engineering, Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (2005-2009)

Project: Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting
Details to be added soon


Dr. Rong (Rocky) Ye (E-Mail: rongye@umich.edu)
Co-advised by Profs. Suljo Linic, Eranda Nikolla, and Bryan Goldsmith

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Michigan
PhD, Physical Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
MS, Inorganic Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles
BE, Polymer Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, China

Project: Machine-Learning-Guided Alloy Nanoparticle Synthesis and Catalytic Studies
Details to be added soon

Graduate Students



James Akinola (E-Mail: jakinola@umich.edu)

PhD, Chemical Engineering (2018-present)
MS, Chemical Engineering (2018-present)
BSc, Chemical Engineering, University of Lagos (2011-2016)

Project: Electrocatalytic Hydrogenation of Bio-oil
James is currently on the lookout to understand aqueous phase adsorption of phenol (a bio-oil model compound) on platinum, rhodium and palladium catalysts during electrocatalytic hydrogenation (ECH). In order to understand the electrocatalytic activity on electrode surfaces, he is probing the reaction using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) corroborated with adsorption energy measurements. Initial work will consist of engineering electrodes with surface roughness to amplify SERS signal. The long term goal of this project is to design novel catalysts for improved bio-oil hydrogenation and develop a unique model for predicting reaction rates of ECH phenol from adsorption energies and spectroscopic measurements.


Claire Yin (E-Mail: cmyin@umich.edu)
Co-advised by Prof. Suljo Linic

PhD, Chemical Engineering (2020-present)
BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame (2016-2020)

Project: CO2 reduction
Claire is looking at the effect of microenvironments in CO2 reduction reaction. She enjoys baking and knitting in her free time.


Jared Arkfeld (E-Mail: arkfeld@umich.edu)

PhD, Chemical Engineering (2021-present)
BS, Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech (2016-2021)

Project: Synthesis of Bimetallic Alloys for aided Catalyst Discovery
Jared is a second year in chemical engineering originally from Virginia. His project will focus on creating a framework to relate catalytic activity, synthesizability, and stability of bimetallic alloys for use in discovering new catalysts. Outside classes and lab, he loves to bake and cook, and is a competitive powerlifter.


Wendy Yu (E-Mail: ywendy@umich.edu)

PhD, Chemical Engineering (2021-present)
BS, Chemical Engineering, Washington State University (2017-2021)

Project: Organic Oxidation in Aqueous Phase
Wendy is a second year graduate student working on understanding the oxidation of organics in aqueous phase.


Gabriel Floriano Costa (E-Mail: gabrfc@umich.edu)

Exchange Graduate Student
PhD, Chemistry, University of Campinas, Brazil (2019-present)
BS, Chemistry, University of Campinas, Brazil (2015-2019)

Project: Nitrate Reduction at Cu/Cu2O Composite
Gabriel's work is focused on optimizing and investigating nitrate electroreduction at materials based on copper and copper oxides. Gabriel's work involves the use of flow cell to enhance the performance of catalysts for nitrate reduction reaction and the evaluation of catalyst stability through in-situ Raman spectroscopy under flow conditions.


Christinia Uhlenbrock (E-Mail: cuhlenbr@umich.edu)

PhD, Chemical Engineering (2022-present)
BS, Chemical Engineering, Tufts University (2018-2022)

Project: Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries
Christina is a first year graduate student and will study Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries (VRFBs).


Jacquelyn Tolth (E-Mail: jtolth@umich.edu)

PhD, Chemical Engineering (2022-present)
BS, Chemical Engineering, University of New Mexico (2017-2022)

Project: Iron-based Redox Flow Batteries
I will be studying the kinetics of Iron based redox flow batteries in different electrolytes. Outside of the lab I enjoy cooking, lifting, and running.

Masters Students



Dasol Jun (E-Mail: dasolj@umich.edu)

MS, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan (2021-present)
BS, Chemical Engineering, Kwangwoon University (2015-2020)

Bio: Dasol is currently working with Cailin on Cerium redox flow batteries and focusing on measuring kinetics in various electrolytes. Outside of lab, she loves doing yoga, pilates, and going to gym.


Zhiyang Cheng (E-Mail: zhiyanc@umich.edu)

MS, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan (2022-present)
BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (2018-2022)

Bio: Zhiyang will work on photoelectrochemical water splitting project. Outside lab, he enjoys music and kayaking.

Alumni


PhD Recipients


Name Year Last Known Position
Benjamin Silcox 2020 Consultant, Apricum
Zixuan Wang 2021 Consultant, Boston Consulting Group
Harsh Agarwal 2022 Researcher, Shell
Danielle Richards 2022 Post-doc, Sandia National Labs
Cailin Buchanan 2022 Post-doc, Argonne National Labs

MS Recipients


Name Year Last Known Position
Jiun-Yeu (Rita) Chang 2020 PhD Student, Sakamoto group, University of Michigan
Cem Komurcuoglu 2020 PhD Student, Urban Research Group, Columbia University
Takaaki Miki 2022 Factorial Energy

Undergraduate Students


Name Affliation
Benjamin Furness Chemical Engineering, 2022-Current
Angeline Monitello Chemical Engineering, 2019-2021
Dana Suchara Chemical Engineering, 2019-2021
Evan Ortiz Mathematics, 2019-2021
Kiran Kodali Chemical Engineering, 2018-2021
Alyssa Rorie SROP, North Carolina A&T University, 2021-2022
Alexandra Tomlinson Chemical Engineering, 2021
Spencer Cira Chemical Engineering, 2021
Kara Steshetz Chemical Engineering, 2020
Austin Shelton Chemical Engineering, 2020