Ranga Rohit Seemakurthi

Graduate Research Assistant

Co-advised by Professors Jeffrey Greeley and Fabio Ribeiro.

Professional Networks



Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, B. Chem. Engg.(2016)
Purdue University, Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (2016 – Present)



  • (2012-14) "Ratan Tata Scholarship" for consecutive years.
  • (2014) Summer Research Fellowship, (Jointly honored by) Indian National Science Academy (INSA), Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc) and National Academy of Sciences India (NASI).
  • (2015) Second prize in “Industry Defined Problem”, National Technical Festival of ICT.

About Me

I’m from a town named Rajahmundry, located in the Southern Part of India. I received my Bachelor's degree from Institute of Chemical Technology(ICT), Mumbai. My hobbies include travelling, photography, reading books and jogging.

Project Description

I’m currently working on Density Functional Theory (DFT) analysis of Propane Dehydrogenation on alloy catalysts. The project focuses on fundamental understanding of the improvement in the performance of the alloy catalysts, in comparison to their metal counterparts using ab-initio (from first principles) quantum mechanical techniques. These studies will help us find descriptors to facilitate the screening of wide range of alloy catalysts in the future. This is one of the many projects in the Thrust 1 of CISTAR, NSF Engineering Research Center.

I’m also working on a tool called Gradient✓ (Gradient Check), available on the Purdue Catalysis Center (PCC) website. This tool can be used to estimate the internal and external temperature and concentration gradients for porous heterogeneous catalysts. The tool achieves this by using several established correlations available in the literature to estimate the mixture properties, internal and external transport effects (among many other things).