Meet the Group

Principal Investigator
Justin Notestein
j-notestein@northwestern.edu

Associate Professor (2007-) Northwestern University, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Post-Doc (2006-2007) University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
Ph.D. (2006) University of California-Berkeley
B.S.E. (2001) Princeton University
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Post-Doctoral Scholars
Chao Liu
chao.liu@northwestern.edu

Ph.D. (2015) University of New Hampshire, Chemistry
B.S. (2008) Guangxi University, Chemistry

Research Snapshot
Chao is developing catalysts for the photothermal conversion of CO2 and H2O to solar fuels.
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Doctoral Students
Alex Ardagh
ardagh@u.northwestern.edu

B.S. (2013) University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chemical Engineering

Research Snapshot
Alex synthesizes nanobowls: surface modified metal oxide catalysts for shape selective hydrocarbon conversion and fine chemical synthesis. Established variants include Bronsted acidic SiOx supported on Al2O3and Lewis acidic TaOx supported on SiO2.
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Scott Nauert
scottnauert2013@u.northwestern.edu

B.S. (2013) Rice University, Chemical Engineering

Research Snapshot
Scott is d
eveloping structure-function relationships for supported copper catalysts for oxidative dehydrogenation of alkanes.
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Louisa Savereide
louisasavereide2013@u.northwestern.edu

B.S. (2013) University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Chemical Engineering

Research Snapshot
Louisa is studying transition metal oxides supported on ceria nanoshapes for the reduction of NO by CO.
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Abha Gosavi
abhagosavi2019@u.northwestern.edu

B.Chem. (2014) Indian Institute of Chemical Technology

Research Snapshot
Abha is working on stabilizing nanoparticle arrays by high temperature entrenchment to screen combinatorial arrays of multi-metallic nanoparticles, generated by scanning problem block co-polymer lithography (SPBCL), for best catalytic activity.
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Sol Ahn
ahnsol@u.northwestern.edu

M.S. (2010) Yonsei University, Chemical Engineering
B.S. (2008) Yonsei University, Chemical Engineering

Research Snapshot
Sol is studying selective oxidation reactions in metal organic framework (MOF)-supported catalysts.
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Christian Contreras
christiancontreras2011@u.northwestern.edu

M.S. (2013) Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering
B.S. (2011) University of California-Riverside, Chemical Engineering

Research Snapshot
Christian is investigating the controlled templating of pores onto ALD overcoats with the goal of designing chiral micropores onto surfaces. 
Mihir Bhagat
mihirbhagat@u.northwestern.edu

B.Tech. (2016) Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai, Dyestuff Technology

Research Snapshot
Mihir is working on lewis-acid catalyzed regioselective epoxide ring opening reactions.
Charmaine Bennett
charmainebennett2020@u.northwestern.edu

B.S. (2015) University of California-Santa Barbara, Chemical Engineering

Research Snapshot
Charmaine is studying the kinetics involved in the regioselective ring opening of epoxides using novel catalysts.


Emily Cheng
emilycheng2020@u.northwestern.edu

B.S. (2016) University of Missouri-Columbia, Chemical Engineering

Research Snapshot
Emily is developing novel heterogeneous catalysts for the stereospecific ring opening of epoxides.

Andrew Rosen
rosen@u.northwestern.edu
  
B.S. (2015) Tufts University, Chemical Engineering

Research Snapshot
Andrew uses density functional theory and microkinetic modeling to describe the atomistic behavior of novel heterogeneous catalysts for the activation and functionalization of C-H bonds in light alkanes. He is also interested in screening metal-organic frameworks for predictive catalyst design.
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Undergraduate Students
Eric Taw
erictaw2018@u.northwestern.edu

B.S. (2018) Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering

Research Snapshot
Eric's research couples the hydrogen peroxide production from a microbial electrosynthesis cell with catalytic oxidative reactions. Currently, he is exploring sulfoxidation under buffered aqueous conditions using rhenium- and niobium-based catalysts.
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Former NRG Members

 Rachel Watson

Post-NRG: BASF
Ph.D. (2017) Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering
B.S. (2012) University of California-Riverside, Chemical Engineering
 Zhenyu Bo

Post-NRG: Micron Semiconductors
Ph.D. (2017) Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering
B.S. (2012) Purdue University, Materials Science and Engineering 
Lauren McCullough

Post-NRG: Dow Chemicals
Ph.D. (2017) Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering
B.S. (2012) Pennsylvania State University, Chemical Engineering
  Nick Thornburg

Post-NRG: Post-Doctoral Researcher at NREL Colorado
Ph.D. (2017) Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering

B.S. (2012) Washington University in St. Louis, Chemical Engineering
David Childers

Post-NRG: Cardinal Intellectual Property
Post.Doc. (2016) Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering

Ph.D. (2014) University of Illinois-Chicago, Chemical Engineering
B.S. (2009) University of Michigan, Chemical Engineering


Kevin Schwartzenberg

Post-NRG: Tradewater LLC
Ph.D. (2016) Northwestern University, Civil and Environmental Engineering
M.S. (2011) Northwestern University, Civil and Environmental Engineering
B.S. (2007) Purdue University, Chemical Engineering

Sara Yacob

Post-NRG: ExxonMobil
Ph.D. (2016) Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering
B.S. (2011) University of Michigan, Chemical Engineering
Chieh-Chao Yang

Post-NRG: DuPont Taiwan
Post.Doc. (2016) Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering
Ph.D. (2011) Universiteit Twente, Chemistry
Corinna Raimando

Post-NRG: Northwestern University
Ph.D. (2012) ISIS Strasbourg University, Physical Chemistry


Todd Eaton

Post-NRG: Post. Doc. at National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Ph.D. (2015) Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering
B.S. (2010) Northeastern University, Chemical Engineering
Sherzod Madrahimov

Post-NRG: Texas A&M University at Qatar
Post.Doc. Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering
Ph.D. (2012) University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign
B.S. (2003) Tashkent Institute of Chemical Technology, Chemical Engineering
Mark Bachrach

Post-NRG: Northwestern University
Ph.D. (2014) Northwestern University, Chemistry
B.S. (2010) Yeshiva University, Chemistry
Boone Thompson

Post-NRG: Savannah River National Laboratory
Ph.D. (2014) Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering
B.S. (2009) North Carolina State University, Textile Engineering
Sunyoung Park

Post-NRG: Korea ResearchInstitute of Science and Technology (KRICT)
Post.Doc. Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering


Patricia Iganacio-de Leon

Post-NRG: Argonne National Laboratory
Post.Doc. Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering
Ph.D. University of Utah, Chemistry
Pria Young

Post-NRG: BP
Ph.D. (2013) Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering
B.S. (2006) Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Chemistry
Dario Prieto

Post-NRG: Assistant Professor, Montana Tech
Post.Doc. University of Minnesota with Aditya Bhan
Ph.D. (2013) Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering
B.S. (2008) Rice University, Chemical Engineering
Christian Canlas

Post-NRG: W. R. Grace
Post.Doc. (2012) Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering
Ph.D. (2010) Michigan State University, Chemistry
Andy Korinda

Post-NRG: Hemlock Semiconductor
Ph.D. (2012) Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering
B.S. (2007) University of Delaware, Chemical Engineering
Nick Schoenfeldt

Post-NRG: UOP
Post.Doc. (2011) Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering
Ph.D. University of Iowa, Chemistry


Natalia Morlanes

Post-NRG: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Post.Doc. (2011) Northwestern University, Chemical Engineering
Ph.D. (2007) Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Chemical Engineering