Multiscale Reaction Engineering 

Team

Principal Investigator

Dion G. Vlachos

Dion G. Vlachos

Dionisios (Dion) G. Vlachos is the Unidel Dan Rich Chair in Energy Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Delaware, the Director of the University of Delaware Energy Institute (UDEI), of the UD node of the manufacturing institute RAPID, and of the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI), an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC). 

He obtained a five-year diploma in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 1987, his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1990 and 1992 respectively, and spent a postdoctoral year at the Army High Performance Computing Research Center in Minnesota. After that, Dr. Vlachos joined the University of Massachusetts as an assistant professor, was promoted to an associate professor in 1998 and joined the University of Delaware in 2000. He was a visiting fellow at Princeton University (2000), a visiting faculty member at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital (2007), the George Pierce Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota (2007), the Elizabeth Inez Kelley Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware (2009-2016) and the ExxonMobil Visiting Chair Professor at the National University of Singapore (2018-2021).

Professor Vlachos is the recipient of the 2016 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award, the R. H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering from AIChE (2011) and is an AAAS Fellow (since 2009). He also received a NSF Career Award and an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. He is a member of AIChE, ACS, the Combustion Institute, MRS, the North American Catalysis Society (NACS) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). He has given several named lectures: the Doumas Lecture, Department of Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2016, the ICI Distinguished Lecturer, DB Robinson Lectureship Series at the University of Alberta, 2014-2015, and the J. D. Lindsay Lecture Series, Chemical Engineering Department, Texas A&M University, Oct. 8, 2014. Dr. Vlachos’ main research thrusts entail circular economy and waste derivatization, multiscale modeling and simulation, distributed (bio)chemical manufacturing, process intensification and novel catalytic reactors, renewable fuels and chemicals, catalyst informatics and in silico materials prediction, and kinetic modeling of biomass, shale gas, nitrogen cycle, and CO2 cycle.

He is the corresponding author of more than 400 refereed publications with over 22,000 citations, and an h factor of 84 (google scholar), and has given over 270 plenary lectures, keynote lectures and other invited talks. Professor Vlachos has served as an executive editor of the Chemical Engineering Science journal and also served or currently serves on the editorial advisory board of ACS Catalysis, Reaction Chemistry & Engineering, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, Applied Catalysis A: General and others.

 

For full CV and to learn more, visit Professor Vlachos’ faculty profile.

Graduate Students

Erha Andini

Erha Andini

Experimental

Max Bobbin

Max Bobbin

Experimental

Scott Coia

Scott Coia

Computational

Charles (Chas) Fields

Charles (Chas) Fields

Experimental

Tejas Goculdas

Tejas Goculdas

Experimental

Yagya Gupta

Yagya Gupta

Experimental

Dat Huynh

Dat Huynh

Computational

Nefeli Kamarinopoulou

Nefeli Kamarinopoulou

Experimental

Jae Kim

Jae Kim

Computational

Quentin Kim

Quentin Kim

Experimental

Hasan Koybasi

Hasan Koybasi

Exp./Comp.

Yeonsu Kwak

Yeonsu Kwak

Experimental

Rajas Mehendale

Rajas Mehendale

Computational

Arnav Mittal

Arnav Mittal

Computational

Jackie Ngu

Jackie Ngu

Experimental

Darien Nguyen

Darien Nguyen

Experimental

Christine Oberhausen

Christine Oberhausen

Experimental

Rucha Railkar

Rucha Railkar

Computational

Pedro Reis Moura

Pedro Reis Moura

Experimental

Sakshi Satyanand

Sakshi Satyanand

Computational

Esun Selvam

Esun Selvam

Experimental

Sanjana Srinivas

Sanjana Srinivas

Computational

Jessie Sun

Jessie Sun

Experimental

Arun Sundaramoorthy

Arun Sundaramoorthy

Computational

Alfred Worrad

Alfred Worrad

Computational

Piaoping Yang

Piaoping Yang

Computational

Jiahua Zhou

Jiahua Zhou

Experimental

Postdoctoral Scholars

Salman Khan

Salman Khan

Computational

Sean Najmi

Sean Najmi

Experimental

George Yan

George Yan

Computational

Staff

Stavros Caratzoulas

Associate Director

Siddhant Meenor Lambor

Software Engineer

Jeff Everhart

Siemens

Bharat Medasani

PPPL

Kelly Walker

Technical Communications

Kristi Halberg

Assistant to the Director

Joy Mintzer

Sr. Program Manager

Weiqing Zheng

Associate Director

Michele Jennings

Deputy Director

Sunitha Sadula

Lab Manager

Alumni

Graduate Students (Alumni)

Roel Raike

MChE, 2024

Kewei Yu

Ph.D., 2024

Eli Lilly & Co.

Brandon Vance

Ph.D., 2024

Honeywell UOP

Xue (Sherry) Zong

Ph.D., 2023

OpenEye Scientific

Tso-Hsuan (Eric) Chen

M.S., 2023

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

Sophia Kurdziel

Ph.D., 2023

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Montgomery Baker-Fales

Ph.D., 2023

Dow Chemical

Seungyeon (Lina) Lee

Ph.D., 2023

Dow Chemical

Yung Wei (Jessie) Hsiao

Ph.D., 2023

Dow Chemical

Zhaoxing (Joe) Wang

Ph.D., 2023

Regeneron

Sai Praneet Batchu

Ph.D., 2023

Northwestern University

Jon Wilson

Ph.D., 2023

W.L. Gore & Associates

Himaghna Bhattacharjee

Ph.D., 2023

Meta Platforms, Inc.

Jiayi Fu

Ph.D., 2022

Bristol Myers Squibb

Natalia Rodriguez Quiroz

Ph.D., 2022

McKinsey

Gerhard Wittreich

Ph.D., 2022

University of Delaware

Tai-Ying (Chris) Chen

Ph.D., 2022

DuPont

Max Cohen

Ph.D., 2022

24M Technologies, Inc.

Yurong Wu

M.S., 2022

University of Delaware

Pierre Desir

Ph.D., 2021

3M

Elvis Ebikade

Ph.D., 2021

Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Yifan Wang

Ph.D., 2021

Meta

Hsuan-Lan (Sandy) Wang

M.S., 2020

WuXi Biologics

Jordan Willie

M.S., 2020

Pfizer

Jonathan Lym

Ph.D., 2020

Dow Chemical

Angela Norton

Ph.D., 2020

ONR

Joshua Lansford

Ph.D., 2020

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ziwei (Lily) Cheng

Ph.D., 2019

Los Alamos

Geun Ho Gu

Ph.D., 2018

Korea Institute of Technology (KENTECH)

Matthew Gilkey

Ph.D., 2018

Stoner, Inc.

Stephen Giles

Ph.D., 2018

CFD Research Corporation

Alexander Mironenko

Ph.D., 2018

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Huong Thi Thanh (Hannah) Nguyen

Ph.D., 2018

Continuus Pharmaceuticals

Tyler Josephson

Ph.D., 2017

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Ryan Patet

Ph.D., 2017

Cargill

Marcel Nunez

Ph.D., 2017

Intel Corporation

Garam Lee

M.S., 2016

University of Notre Dame

T. Dallas Swift

Ph.D., 2015

Element

Andrew Black

M.S., 2014

Jonathan Sutton

Ph.D., 2014

Eastman Chemical Company

Nima Nikbin

Ph.D., 2014

Dow Chemical

Matthew Christiansen

Ph.D., 2014

Shell

Timothy Courtney

Ph.D., 2014

Air Products

Vinit Choudhary

Ph.D., 2013

ExxonMobile

Jacob McGill

Ph.D., 2013

Apogee Research

Sarah Tupy

Ph.D., 2013

3M

Stephen Edie

M.S., 2012

Michael Salciccioli

Ph.D., 2012

ExxonMobile

Matthew Mettler

Ph.D., 2012

ExxonMobile

Jacob Weiner

M.S., 2011

LifeLens Technologies

Khalid Ali Al-Majnouni

Ph.D., 2011

Saudi Aramco

William Lonergan

Ph.D., 2011

ExxonMobile

Danielle Hashagen

Ph.D., 2011

Intel

Stuart Collins

M.S., 2009

Cruise

Justin Federici

Ph.D., 2009

ExxonMobile

Asawari Samant

M.S., 2007

Anyscale

Anne Marie Schilthuis

M.S., 2007

DuPont

Jeffrey Ludwig

Ph.D., 2007

ExxonMobile

Abhijit Chatterjee

Ph.D., 2007

IIT Bombay

Kapil Mayawala

Ph.D., 2006

Merck

Joseph Fedeyko

Ph.D., 2006

Johnson Mathey

Mark Snyder

Ph.D., 2006

Lehigh University

Soumitra Raghavendra Deshmukh

Ph.D., 2006

Velocys

Jeffrey Rimer

Ph.D., 2006

University of Houston

Ashwin Mhadeshwar

Ph.D., 2005

ExxonMobile

Daniel Norton

Ph.D., 2005

Regeneron

Griselda Bonilla

Ph.D., 2004

IBM

Scott Fisher

Ph.D., 2003

SABIC

Stéphanie Raimondeau

Ph.D., 2002

ExxonMobile

Robert Lam

M.S., 2001

Yara International

Mallika Gummalla

Ph.D., 2001

AE Industrial Partners

Benjamin Feist

M.S., 2001

Excel Engineering

Young Park

Ph.D., 2000

Carrier

Vladimiros Nikolakis

Ph.D., 2000

Gore

Preeti Aghalayam

Ph.D., 2000

IIT Madras

James Reese

M.S., 1999

Pierre Bui

Ph.D., 1998

GE

Stavros Kalamatianos

M.S., 1995

Knowesis

Postdoctoral Scholars (Alumni)

Qiang Li

University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Yilang Liu

University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Pooja Bhalode

Sagar Sourav

ITT-Madras

Siddharth Deshpande

University of Rochester

Mehdi Zare

University of South Carolina

Pavel Kots

Evonik

Anjana Puliyanda

University of Alberta

Cong Wang

Honeywell

Fabio Cameli

Ghent University

Vibin Vargheese

Braskem America

Sunkyu Kim

University of Delaware

Abhirup Patra

Roivant Sciences

Tianjun Xie

Microvast

Abinav Malhotra

Culture Biosciences

Rajasekhar Reddy Busigari

IIT Dhanbad

Boris Sheludko

Amogy

Weiqi Chen

Star Research

Yunzhu Wang

Singapore

Konstantinos Alexopoulos

Penn State University

Shizhong Liu

Citadel

Zhaohui Liu

Sibao Liu

Tianjin University

Sha Li

Isreal Institute of Technology

Lalit Gangurde

Udit Gupta

Siemens

Himanshu Goya

IIT Madras

Hilal Ezgi Toraman

Penn State University

Fanglin Che

Umass Lowell

Talin Avanesian

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Konstantinos Goulas

Oregon State University

Glen Jenness

EDRC

Li Shuai

Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University

Eugenio Souza

Brazil

Ioanna Fampiou

Villanova University

Evangelos Miliordos

Auburn University

Davood Pourkargar

Kansas State University

Jechan Lee

Ajou University, South Korea

Sai Konda

ACS

Jeffrey Christianson

AutoAlert

Ruichang Xiong

Aspen Technology

George Tsilomenlekis

Rutgers University

Liu Yang

Air Liquide

Wei Guo

Beijing Institute of Technology

Shengguang Wang

University of Houston

Despoina Tzoulaki

Grant Thornton Greece

Kyungtae Lee

University of Virginia

Marta Leon Garcia

Ingevity

Nageswara Rao Peela

ITT, Guwahati

Paraskevi (Vivi) Panagiotopoulou

University of Crete

Yifang Zhao

Queens University, Belfast

Jungho Jae

Pusan National University

Neeraj Rai

Mississippi State University

Santiago Builes Toro

EAFIT University, Columbia

Jacob Kruger

NREL

Prasad Vegendla

Argonne National Laboratory

Yulin Huang

DDH Advanced Materials & Systems, Inc.

Michail Stamatakis

UCL, London

Samir Mushrif

University of Alberta

Nassar Abukhdeir

University of Waterloo

Hangyao Wang

Dow Chemical

Kowtilya Bijjula

Intel

Georgios Stefanidis

KU Leuven

Vinay Prasad

University of Alberta

Ayman Karim

Virginia Tech University

Niket Kaisare

IIT Madras

Altaf Karim

COMSATS University Islamabad

Neal Fernandes

Powerhouse Wind Ltd

Tanmay Basak

IIT Madras

David Kragten

Specialty Granules, LLC

Marina Lebedeva

Penn State

Scientific Research Staff (Alumni)

Sashank Kasiraju

2020-2024

NET Power

Basudeb Saha

2015-2020

Assoc. Director of Research, RiKarbon

Giannis Mpourmpakis

2011-2013

Assoc. Prof., University of Pittsburgh

Gerhard Wittreich

2022-2023

Retired

Vladimiros Nikolakis

2011-2015

Assoc. Director of Research, W.L. Gore

Christina Bagia

2011-2013

Magee Women’s Research Inst. & Foundation

Panogiotis (Panos) Dimitrakellis

2019-2022

Centre for Research and Technology, Hellas

Weihua Deng

2012-2015

Lab Manager, CBD, University of Delaware

Ying Chen

2009-2012

Self-employed