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Purdue University

Liquid Fuels Research Group
School of Chemical Engineering

Members

Faculty

Rakesh Agrawal Rakesh Agrawal joined Purdue after 24 years at Air Products and Chemicals. He has extensive experience in process development. His current interest is in identifying sustainable energy pathways.
W. Nicholas Delgass Nick Delgass brings more than 35 years of experience in catalysis and reaction kinetics research.  He is an expert in the spectroscopic characterization of catalytic materials and currently leading a multidisciplinary team towards development of Discovery Informatics, a model-based informatics approach to the design of catalysts. 
Fabio Ribeiro Fabio Ribeiro is an expert in the area of catalysis.  He worked in industry (Catalytica) in the development of industrial catalysts and has been working in academia for over 10 years in the development and understanding of catalysts used in various industrial processes.

 

Graduate Students

Harshavardhan Choudhary Harshavardhan Choudhary joined the group as a graduate student in fall 2009.
John Degenstein John Degenstein joined the group as a graduate student in fall 2011.
Richard Caulkins Richard Caulkins joined the group as a graduate student in fall 2014.
Paul Dietrich Paul Dietrich joined the group as a graduate student in fall 2009. He is a member of the IACT Project focusing on the developement of multifunctinoal catalysts for biomass decomposition. Current research includes studying the reforming of glycerol and other biomass derivatives by operando spectroscopy at high temperature and pressure, and investigating the dehydration of furfuryl alcohol.
Emre Gencer Emre Gencer joined the group as a graduate student in fall 2011.
Taufik Ridha Taufik Ridha joined the group as a graduate student in fall 2014.
Vinod Kumar Vinod Kumar joined the group as a graduate student in fall 2009. His research area focuses on lab-scale process development for high-pressure fast-hydropyrolysis and vapor-phase catalytic hydrodeoxygenation.  His current research involves development and testing of catalysts for selective hydrodeoxygenation.
Dhairya Mehta Dhairya Mehta joined the group as a graduate student in Fall 2009. His current research involves kinetic studies of model reactions over catalysts to convert biomass in to fuels.

 

Undergraduate researchers

 

Alumni

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Sara Yohe Sara Yohe joined the group as a graduate student in fall 2008. She is currently working on catalytic hydrodeoxygenation of representative biomass derived pyrolysis oil model compounds, in order to understand the fundamental chemistry in action. Sara received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2010. She successfully defended his Ph.D. in Fall 2014 and will started working for ExxonMobil in November.
Dharik S Mallapragada Dharik Mallpragada joined the group as a graduate student in fall 2008. His research area focuses on developing novel processes through synergistic integrations. He successfully defended his Ph.D. in Fall 2013 and will start working for Sabic in November.
Piotr Gawecki Piotr Gawecki joined the group as a graduate student in fall 2008. His research focuses on conducting hydropyrolysis of biomass at high pressures, and to develop analytical tools to identify the components in the bio-oil formed. He succesfully defended his Ph.D. in Spring 2012.
Navneet Singh Dr. Navneet R. Singh The graduate student with whom, the idea of forming such a group was coined in the fall of 2005. Navneet, through his pioneering work on process systems integration and modeling, has provided direction for future experimental and theoretical studies being pursued. He successfully defended his Ph.D. in Fall 2009 and will start working for Bayer Cropscience in November.

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Alvin Ang Alvin Ang joined the group in Spring 2009 as an undergraduate researcher. He was working with Sara to understand the fundamentals of this study.
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Cori Bucherl Cori Bucherl joined the group as an undergraduate researcher in Spring 2009. She graduated in Fall 2009 and is currently working for Air Liquide in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Ajay Raj Ajay joined the group in Spring 2010 as an undergraduate researcher. He was working with Fernando and Vinod on a new reactor design.
Fernando L Pancheco De Resende Fernando is a recent addition to the group after completing his Ph.D from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is working on building a reactor for the hydropyrolysis of biomass at high hydrogen pressures (about 30 bar) to demonstrate the feasibility of the H2Bioil process.. The objective is to maximize the yield of bio-oil originating from the hydropyrolysis of biomass, as well as determine the characteristics of the bio-oil produced.
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Andrew D. Smeltz Andrew Smeltz received his PhD in chemical engineering with a focus in heterogeneous catalysis from Purdue in 2009. His role in the group is part project manager and part technical advisor for five biomass to liquid fuels projects. He helps graduate students and post docs overcome technical hurdles, insure project deliverables are being met, and also help write required reports to funding agencies.
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Jun Wang Jun Wang has been part of the group since spring 2008. He is working on the catalytic fast pyrolysis of biomass model compounds, such as cellulose and lignin, with emphasis on the temperature, pressure and catalytic effects on the pyrolysis product distribution.
Piyasit (Wick) Wongareesanti Wick joined the group in Spring 2010 as an undergraduate researcher. He was working with Piotr to investigate the kinetics of pyrolysis at different heating rate in hopes to optimize the yield of bio-oil formation while reducing char formation.