Alumni and Former Staff

Abdulaziz S. Alsubhi

Master Student

Abdullah Al Abdulghani

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: ​Computational Chemistry, DFT, Heterogeneous catalysis, reaction engineering, dry reforming

Abdullah Alsalloum

​Ph.D. Student

Abdullah Alturki

​Master Student

Research Interest: catalysis, Energy sources

Abhishek Dutta Chowdhury,Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: zeolite, catalysis, spectroscopy

Abou-Hamad edy, Ph.D.

​Research Engineer

Research Interest: ​Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP), Surface Chemistry, Structural/Analytical Characterization, Nanomaterials, Nanotechnology

Adrian Hohl

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Proteomics, Protein Engineering, Unnatural amino acids

Ahlam Alsulami

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Polyethylene, copolymerization, ATRP, ROP

Ahmed Alshanqiti

Master Student

Research Interest: Alkane metathesis, Single Site, Surface Organometallic chemistry (SOMC)

Ahmed Ziani, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Photocatalysis1, Physical Chemistry, Optics, materials engineering, Material Characterization

Amal A. Baqais

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Solar power, fuel, hydrogen evolution, oxygen evolution, inorganic material, heterogonous catalysis, tuning band gap, XRD, XPS, SEM and TEM

Amandine Cadiau, Ph.D.

​Research Scientist

Research Interest: Metal-organic framework, Crystallography, Structure/properties relationship, Solid-state characterizations

Ameen Shahid, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Material synthesis, characterization, Catalyst testing and screening

Amol M. Hengne, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Heterogeneous catalysis, C1 chemistry, Biomass utilization, Sustainable Chemistry

Anaam Al-ShaikhAli

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: catalysis, bimetallic nanoparticles, Synthesis, characterizations

Anastassja Leyla Akal

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Discovery of novel enzymes, Protein Engineering, Biocatalysis, Biotechnology and Bioprocesses

Anatoly Peshkov, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Organic Synthesis, catalysis

Andrey Goryachev, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: spectroscopy, Heterogeneous catalysis, In-situ methods, Method development, CO2 Valorization

Ann Bauwens

Executive secretary

Aya Saidi

​​Ph.D. Student​​​

Research Interest: Synthesis of well-defined supported organometallic complexes for ​alkane metathesis​

Ayan Zhumekenov

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Material Science, Perovskites, Crystallization, Synthesis

Baraa Werghi

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Alkane metathesis, Aluminum, Oxide surfaces, Single Site, surface organometallic chemistry

Batool Altaher

​Master Student

Research Interest: Nanomaterial, catalysis, MOFs

Bertrand Rosmade

​​Lab Technician

Changguang Yao, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Chao Guan

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Hydrogen storage, Formic acid dehydrogenation

Chaojie Cui, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: 2D Materials, Chemical vapor deposition

Cheng-Wei Lin, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: ​Conjugated polymer, 2D Materials, solid state physics/chemistry, membranes

Chinmoy K. Hazra,Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: ​Development of new reactions through electrochemistry

Chuan Wang

​Business Administrator

Daniel Lupp Ph.D.

Post-doctoral fellow

Research Interest: Reaction machanism, Density Functional Theory (DFT)

Daniela Bianco (Prof. Basset)

Administrative Assistant

De Wang, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: ​Boron-mediated polymerization

Ding-Jier Yuan

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Heterogeneous catalyst

Dong-Chang Kang

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Heterogeneous catalysis, CO oxidation, CH4 combustion

Duanxing Li

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: photoelectrocatalysis, water splitting, hydrogen evolution

Eduardo Estrada

​Lab Technician in Prof. Osman group

Research Interest: ​Electrical Safety.

Eva Pump, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: surface organometallic chemistry, mesoporous materials, molecular model, catalysis, Alkane metathesis

Gabriel Jeantelot

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Surface chemistry of metal oxides, surface organometallic chemistry, Heterogeneous catalysis, Photocatalysis1

Georgios Polymeropoulos, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: ​Polymer chemistry, ​Anionic Polymerization, ATRP, integral asymmetric membranes

Hao-Ling -Tang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hassan Ait Ahsaine, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Electrocatalysis, Structural analyses, Photocatalysis1, CO2 reduction

Huaifeng Li, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: catalysis, Pincer, Metal

Ibrahim Dursun

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Optoelectronics, Material chemistry, Nanomaterials and material characterization

Irina Minenkova

​Lab Technician

Irina Yarulina, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Heterogeneous catalysis, Porous materials, Zeolites, C1 chemistry

Iuliia Polishchuk

​Lab Technician

Javier Chavarrio Canas

​Master Student

Jawaher Almutlaq

​Ph. D. Student

Jean-Marie Basset, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of C​hemical Science

Jiakai Liu

​Ph. D. Student

Jianjian Wang, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: Nanostructured functional material, selectively catalytic reaction, sustainable energy production

Jie Chen, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Perovskites, Crystal growth, (Photo)catalysis, Optoelectronics

Jing Fan

​Lab Technician

Joost A. Steverlynck, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Photochemistry, Organic Electrochemistry, Organometal Chemistry, Organic Synthesis, Conjugated Polymers, Liquid Crystals

Jr-Hau He, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

Research Interest: Electrocatalysis, photoelectrochemistry, water splitting, CO2 reduction, Hydrogen generation

Jun Pan, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: Nanomaterial, Quantum dots, Optoelectronics

Kanav Kalra

Ph.D. Student

Keisuke Obata

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Electrochemistry, photocatalyst, water splitting

Kristin Munkerup

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Pincer, DFT, kinetics, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, flash photolysis, mechanistic studies, Lewis acidity and basicity

Kwangjae Lee, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Perovskite material, Light-emitting diodes, Optics, Optoelectronics

Lain-Jong Li, Ph.D.

​​​​​​​Professor of Chemical Science

Lan Zhao

Research Technician

Laura Falivene, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: Homogeneous catalysts1, DFT, theoretical chemistry

Liga Stegenburga

​Lab Technician

Linga Reddy Enakonda, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: Heterogeneous catalysis, Hydrogen production, Hydrocarbon reforming, CO2 utilization, Air pollutants mitigation, Novel material synthesis and design

Luis Miguel Azofra, Ph.D.

​​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: ​In-silico catalyst design, reaction mechanisms, Heterogeneous catalysis, Homogeneous Catalysis, Theoretical frontier sciences

Lujain- Alrais

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Surface Chemistry, Heterogeneous catalysis

Maha Alhaddad

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Organometallics especially organosilicon

Mahmoud Ibrahim, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: ​Nanoparticles1, catalysis, Heterogenous, Energy

Malvina Vogler

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Mechanism of microbial electroactivity, Biological carbon capture and conversion

Megalamane S. Bootharaju, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Nanoparticles, nanoclusters, size- and structure-control, catalysis

Mohammed R. Al Alouni

Master Students

Research Interest: Mesoporous silica, Zeolites, Metal Organic Frameworks1, catalysis, Metathesis Reaction, Dimerization Reaction, Cracking Reactions, natural gas, Petrochemical conversion

Muhammad Qureshi

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Photocatalysis1, water splitting, hydrogen and oxygen evolution reactions, solar energy, semiconductor, renewable energy

Nacera Himeur

Communication Specialist

Ning Wang, Ph.D

​​​​​​​​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Zeolites, catalysis

Nouf Al Jabri

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Chemical engineering1, Nanotechnology, Reservoir engineering, EOR applications

Oleksii Pustovarenko

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Heterogeneous catalysis, Catalyst shaping, Material Science, crystal design, X-ray and neutron diffraction techniques, spectroscopy, 3D Printing

Pai-Chun Wei, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Panagiotis Bilalis, Ph.D.

​Research Scientist

Research Interest: Ring Opening polymerization of N-carboxyanhydrides, Anionic Polymerization1, Surface initiated Polymerization

Pavlo Nikolaienko, Ph.D.

​Research Scientist

Research Interest: Organic Electrochemistry, flow chemistry, Organic Synthesis, catalysis, Material Science

Pradeep Kumar Doggali, Ph.D.

​​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Surface Science and Catalysis, Shape controlled synthesis of hierarchically nanoporous materials for gas phase reactions, Applications of Green Chemistry, Pilot Scale Studies

Pradip Das, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Synthetic Models, Reactivity, Electrochemistry, spectroscopy

Reem Al-Shareef

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Surface Organometallic chemistry (SOMC), Heterogeneous catalysis, Nanomaterial

Rong-rong Jiang

​Lab Technician

Salvador Sayas Valero,Ph.D

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Heterogeneous catalysts, renewable energy, reactor design, Hydrogen production, CO2 utilization, Green Chemistry, Catalyst characterization

Samir Barman, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Homogeneous and Heterogeneous catalysis, Organic and Organometallic Synthesis, Development of Metal-Organic Materials for Gas Storage and Chemical Sensing Applications, etc.

Sandeep Kumar Mishra

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Surface Organometalic Chemistry, metathesis, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Sandra Patricia Gonzalez Lopez

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Materials chemistry, Nanomaterials, Optoelectronics, physical chemistry of surfaces

Santosh Kavitake, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: catalysis, Organic Synthesis

Sara Durini, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Inorganic synthesis, Material chemistry, Design and development of catalytically and photophysically active materials

Sarah Almahdali

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Polymerization, selectivity, micellar chemistry, surfactants, ring-opening metathesis-polymerization

Sergey Kozlov, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: Computational chemistry1, Heterogeneous catalysis, DFT, Materials modeling, Nanotechnology

Sivaranjani Srinivasan, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Porous materials, High temperature vapor phase reactions​

Srivani Sadurla

Event Coordinator

Stefan Grotzinger

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: biochemistry, Extremophiles, microbiology, Biocatalysis, proteins, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, bioreactors, Crystallography

Sudipta De, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral fellow

Research Interest: Material chemistry, heterogenous catalysis, single-site catalysis, CO2 Conversion

Thomas Machold

Senior Research Collaboration Specialist / Center Liaison Officer

Valentin Rodionov, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemical Science

Research Interest: Catalytic micelles and nanoparticles, Physical organic chemistry (reaction mechanisms, reactivity and kinetics), Chemoinformatics and chemical ontologies, Supramolecular chemistry and self-assembly

Wiebke Wackerow

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Heterogeneous catalysis, Catalyst design, C-H Activation, reaction engineering, mesoporous materials, NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, ICP analysis

Won Suk Jung,Ph.D

Postdoctoral Fellow

Xian-zheng Meng

Business Administrator

Xijun Deng

​Administrative Assistant

Xiulin Yang, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: water splitting, CO2 reduction, Fuel cells, Water treatment

Yahya Alzahrany

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Anionic Polymerization1, Complex Macromolecular Architecture

Yingqiang Wu, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Lithium ion battery, Lithium Sulfur battery, Electrode materials

Yogesh Patil, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Research Interest: ​Polymer chemistry, Polymeric Micelles, Controlled Radical Polymerization, Fluoropolymers, etc.

Yu Jiang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Organic Synthesis, Complex Macromolecular Architecture, Polyhomologation

Yuanlong Shao, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Yury Lebedev, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Organometallic chemistry, asymmetric transition metals and organocatalysis

Yury Minenkov, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Physical Chemistry, theoretical chemistry, Computational chemistry1, Molecular Modelling, Mathematical Modelling, Programming

Zhaohui Liu

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: catalysis, zeolite, Methanol to Hydrocarbons Reactions

Zhaolai Chen, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Marine ecology, Materials modeling

Zhen Zhang, Ph.D.

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Polyhomologation, Polyethylene, living polymerization

Zhennan Wu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Metal nanoclusters, Perovskites crystal and nanoparticles, Self-assembly

Former Faculty

  • ​Jorg Eppinger, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor)
  • Lain-Jong Li, Ph.D. (Professor)
  • Valentin Rodionov, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor)
  • Kazuhiro Takanabe, Ph.D. (Professor)
  • Jr-Hau He, Ph.D. (Associate Professor)


Former Research Staff

  • Abou-Hamad edy, Ph.D. Research Engineer
  • Haibo Zhu, Ph.D. (Research Scientist)
  • Isidoro Morales Osorio , Ph.D. (Research Technician)
  • Lu Zhou
  • Rong-rong Jiang (Lab Technician)
  • Douaa Hamed (Lab Technician)
  • Jeremie Pelletier ( Lab Manager)
  • Lan Zhao (Research Technician)
  • Linjie Su (Lab Technician)
  • Jing Fan (Lab Technician)


Research Scientist

  • Jun Pan, Ph.D.
  • Pavlo Nikolaienko, Ph.D.
  • Sergey Kozlov, Ph.D.
  • Xiulin Yang, Ph.D.
  • Yuanlong Shao, Ph.D.
  • Huaifeng Li, Ph.D.


Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Abdesslem Jedidi, Ph.D.                                                     
  • Abhishek Dutta Chowdhury,Ph.D.
  • Akshaya K Samal, Ph.D.
  • Chaochao Yue, Ph.D.
  • Chaojie Cui, Ph.D.
  • Dandan Zhang, Ph.D.
  • Eleonora Fava, Ph.D.
  • Eva Pump, Ph.D.
  • Janet Chakkamadathil Mohandas, Ph.D.
  • Gabriel Buchel, Ph.D.
  • Ida Autiero, Ph.D.
  • Jung-Hyun Park, Ph.D.
  • Tianyou Chen, Ph.D.
  • Zhaolai Chen, Ph.D.
  • Anatoly Peshkov, Ph.D.
  • Chinmoy K. Hazra, Ph.D.
  • Luis Miguel Azofra Mesa
  • ​Manbo Li, Ph.D.
  • Michael Kelly, Ph.D.
  • Mannathan Subramaniyan, Ph.D.
  • Manas Bhunia, Ph.D.

  • Niladri Maity, Ph.D.
  • Olga Gladkovskaya, Ph.D.
  • Raju Dey, Ph.D.
  • Sai Vikrama Chaitanya vummaleti, Ph.D.
  • Jinsong Hu, Ph.D.
  •  Somphonh Peter Phivilay, Ph.D.
  • Sandeep Kumar Mishra, Ph.D.
  • Hassan Ait Ahsaine, Ph.D. 
  • Changguang Yao, Ph.D.
  • Kwangjae Lee, Ph.D.
  • Stefania Evoli, Ph.D.
  • Shixiong Min, Ph.D.
  • Tunc Deniz, Ph.D.
  • Srikanth Pedireddy, Ph.D.
  • Wei Zhao, Ph.D.
  • Won Suk Juang, Ph.D.
  • Xuechao Liu, Ph.D.
  • Xiufang wang, Ph.D.
  • Yuan Wang, Ph.D.
  • Yunfei Cai, Ph.D.
  • Yupeng Pan, Ph.D.
  • Yuri Lebedev, Ph.D.
  • Kushal Deepak Bhatte​,Ph.D.
  • Liangjin Xu, Ph.D.
  • Gangaiah Mettela,Ph.D.
  • Yogesh Raghunath Patil, Ph.D.
  • Jie Chen, Ph. D.

Ph.D. Students

  • Adrian Hol, Ph.D
  • Arwa Makki, Ph.D.
  • Batian Chen, Ph.D.
  • Bilel Hamzaoui, Ph.D.
  • Bedour E. Al-Sabban, Ph.D.
  • Chao Guan, Ph.D.
  • Dalal Noureldine, Ph.D.
  • Duanxing Li, Ph.D.
  • Gabriel Jeantelot, Ph.D.
  • Hind Al-Johani, Ph.D.
  • Haleema Alamri, Ph.D.
  • Hsin-Hua Huang, Ph.D. 
  • Israa Salem Al-Rowaihi, Ph.D.
  • Ibrahim Dursun
  • Reem Alshumrani, Ph.D.
  • Eleanor Ang Pei Ling, Ph.D.
  • Adrian Hohl, Ph.D.
  • Baraa Werghi, Ph.D.
  • Amal A. Baqais, Ph.D.
  • Ding-Jier Yuan, Ph.D.
  • Miguel Dinis Veloso Guerreiro, Ph.D.
  • Nawal alhajri, Ph.D.
  • Nazeeha Alkayal, Ph.D.
  • Noor Almana, Ph.D.
  • Nouf Al Jabri, Ph.D.
  • Reem Al-Shareef, Ph.D.
  • Sarah Almahdali, Ph.D.
  • Sheikha Lardhi, Ph.D.
  • Stefan Grotzinger, Ph.D.
  • Tatsuya Shinagawa, Ph.D.
  • Maha Al Haddad, Ph.D.
  • Muhammad Qureshi, Ph.D.
  • Keisuke Obata, Ph.D.
  • Oleksii Pustovarenko, Ph. D.

Master Students

  • Abdulaziz Khan
  • Alexandra Vancea
  • Ali Hamieh
  • Mram Alyami
  • Kanav Kalra

Former Administration

  • Ann Bauwens (Executive Secretary)
  • Jiao Qiu (Business Administrator)
  • Xianzheng Meng(Business Administrator)
  • Wenwen Zhu(Administrative Assistant)
  • Xijun Deng(Administrative Assistant)