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Principal Investigator

Gozdem Kilaz
Associate Professor in School of Engineering Technology and Aviation and Transportation Technology (by courtesy)
Gozdem Kilaz is Associate Professor in School of Engineering Technology and Aviation and Transportation Technology (by courtesy) at Purdue University at West Lafayette, Indiana. She holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D degrees in Chemical Engineering. Currently, she serves as the Chief Scientist for the Air Transportation Institute for Environmental Sustainability (AirTIES). Her research is focused on bio-derived transportation liquid fuels and sustainability. She is also a faculty member of the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering (LORRE). Her current projects include synthesis, certification, and fire safety of biofuels.
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Graduate Students

Louis Edwards Caceres Martinez
Graduate Research Assistant
Louis Caceres obtained both his M.S. and B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. His research interests include fuel characterization, fluidization, and thermal modeling. He is currently working on high-performance renewable blendstock fuels under the supervision of Prof. Gozdem Kilaz.
Kai Jin
Graduate Research Assistant
Kai Jin obtained his M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. He earned his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University and Beijing University of Chemical Technology. He is currently working on developing solutions for existing plastic waste under the supervision of Prof. Gozdem Kilaz and Prof. N.-H. Linda Wang.
Brent Modereger
Graduate Research Assistant
Brent Modereger earned his B.S. degree in Chemistry/Biochemistry from San Jose State University before coming to Purdue, where he is currently a Ph.D. student in the Analytical Chemistry Division of the Department of Chemistry. He is a joint member of both Prof. Gozdem Kilaz's and Prof. Hilkka Kenttamaa's groups, specializing in mass spectrometry and chromatography to research efforts in aviation fuels.
Jorge Ramirez Velasco
Post Doc Research Assistant
Jorge Ramirez is a Ph.D. student in the Materials Science and Engineering. He holds B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico and six-sigma green belt from Arizona State University. His current research focuses on thermal barrier coatings for gas turbines and its interaction with biofuel impurities. His interests include aviation fuels, and aircraft technology.
Wan Tang Jeff Zhang
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Wan Tang Jeff Zhang is a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry. His research mainly focuses on utilizing mass spectrometers to analyze complex mixtures such as jet fuel, crude oil, and petroleum derivatives.

Undergraduate Students

Frederick Ford
Student Service - Ugra
John Healy
U.S. Navy Midshipman
Eion Keating
Student Service - Service
Anthony Park
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Anthony Park is a cadet in US Army National Guard and undergraduate student pursuing a bachelor's degree in Biological Engineering. His research interests include biofuels, biophysics, and data science.
Nathaniel Roe
Student Service - Research Assistant
Reyvant Tambi
Undergraduate student
Reyvant Tambi is an undergraduate student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. Currently, he is conducting an independent thesis study, supervised by Dr. Gozdem Kilaz and Petr Vozka, that involves investigating chemical compositions and testing of different combinations of aviation fuels that meet ASTM standards and methodology. His other research interests are mechanics and designing of machine systems.