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Xu Lab – August 2018

 

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Bingjun Xu

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Office: Colburn 329

Tel: 302-831-6725

Email: bxu@udel.edu

 

Current Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Hong Je Cho

Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Project: Synthesis of metal/zeolite composite catalysts with well defined structure

Email: hongje@udel.edu

Google Scholar page: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=VvCMNiIAAAAJ&hl=en

 

 

 

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Dr. Junhua Wang (Co-advised by Dr. Yushan Yan, joined 2011)

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry

Project: Synthesis of highly conductive and durable hydroxide exchange membranes (HEMs) for electrochemical devices

Email: jimwangl@udel.edu

Research Update: December 2015

A series of poly(2,4-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene oxide) hydroxide-exchange membranes (HEMs) with cation strings of a well-defined number of cations (1 to 6 denoted as CS-1 to CS-6) and similar, high ion-exchange capacities are synthesized to investigate the effect of cation distribution on key hydroxide exchange membrane properties. As the number of cations on each string grows, the size of ionic clusters increases from 10 to 55 nm. Well-connected ion pathways and hydrophobic framework are observed for n = 4 and above. The enhanced phase segregation increases the hydroxide conductivity from CS-1 to CS-6 (30 to 65 mS cm-1) and suppresses the water uptake (from 143% to 62%). Moreover, molar hydroxide conductivities for CS-n membranes show two distinctive stages as n increases: ~23 S cm2 mol-1 for n = 3 or below; and ~34 cm2 mol-1 for n greater than or equal to 4.

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Dr. Xuan Yang (Co-advised by Dr. Yushan Yan, joined 2017)

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry

Project: Synthesis of highly active and selective nanostructured electrocatalysts

Email: xuanyang@udel.edu

Google Scholar page: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=TTdMxCsAAAAJ&hl=en

 

 

Dr. Leo DeRita (Co-advised by Dr. Orazov, joined 2018)

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of California – Riverside

Project: Non-oxidative Dehydrogenation of Propane

Email: ldderita@udel.edu

 

Dr. Xiaoxia Chang (Joined 2018)

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University

Project: Chemical looping and CO2 utilization

Email: changxx@udel.edu

 

Dr. Leelavathi Annamalai (Joined 2019)

Ph. D. in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Indian Institute of Science

Project: Propane dehydrogenation

Email: leela@udel.edu

 

Current Graduate Students

 

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Casper Brady

Graduate Student (Joined 2015)

Undergraduate Institution: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Project: Methane Conversion

Email: cbrady@udel.edu

 

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Nicholas Gould

Graduate Student (Joined 2014)

Undergraduate Institution: Cornell University

Project: Catalytic Design of Renewable Pathways for Conversion of Biomass to Polymer Precursors

Email: ngould@udel.edu

 

 

 

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Arnav Malkani

Graduate Student (Joined 2016)

Undergraduate Institution: Cornell University

Project: Electrochemical reduction of CO2

Email: amalkani@udel.edu

 

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Jacob Anibal

Graduate Student (Joined 2016)

Undergraduate Institution: Michigan State University

Project: Electrochemical ammonia synthesis

Email: anibalja01234@gmail.com

 

Jingcheng Wu

Visiting Graduate Student (Joined UD 2017)

Visiting from: Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion (Started PhD 2014)

E-mail: wujc@udel.edu

 

Doyoung Kim

Graduate Student (Joined 2017)

Undergraduate Institution: Hanyang University

Project: Multi-domain, multi-functional catalysts for cascade reactions

Email: dykim@udel.edu

 

Jian Pan

Graduate Student (Joined 2018)

Undergraduate Institution: Fudan University

Project: High temperature electrochemical hydrocarbon upgrading

Email: jianpan@udel.edu

Yong Yuan

Graduate Student (Joined 2018)

Undergraduate Institution: Tianjin University

Project: Light hydrocarbon conversion

Email: yongyuan@udel.edu

 

 

Nicholas Oliveria

Graduate Student (Joined 2018)

Undergraduate Institution: University of Connecticut

Project: Mechanistic study of electrochemical hydrogen oxidation reaction

Email: njo@udel.edu

 

Current Undergraduate Students

 

 

 

 

 

Group Alumni

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Shoucheng Du (2017-2018)

Intel Incorporation

Email: shouchengdu@gmail.com

 

Dr. Hongjie Tang (2016-2018)

Ph.D. in Material Science, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Email: thj880211@gmail.com

 

Ph.D. Students

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Dr. Jie Zheng (2014-2016)

Current position: Researcher at HP inc.

 

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Brian Murphy (2013-2018)

Email: bmmurphy@udel.edu

 

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Marco Dunwell (2013-2018)

 

Lincoln Park High School

Email: mdunwell@udel.edu

 

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Matthew Gilkey (2013-2018)

Stoner Solutions

Email: mgilkey@udel.edu

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Jared Nash (2014-2019)

Undergraduate Institution: Tufts University

Email: jnash@udel.edu

 

Master Students

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Jeffrey Heyes (2014-2016)

 

Eric Steinman (2018-2019)

 

REU or Undergraduate Researchers

Leerang Yang (REU student, 2015)

 

 

 

Juliana Soreo (2016-2018)

Email: jsoreo@udel.edu

 

Rachana Balakumar (2016-2017)

Email: rachanab@udel.edu

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Greg Facas (undergraduate researcher)

Current position: Graduate student at University of Minnesota

 

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Abhilash Sharma (undergraduate researcher)

 

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Ryan Van Manen (undergraduate researcher)

 

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Michael Letterio (undergradaute researcher)

Current position: Doosan Fuel Cell America

 

 

Brian Dinkelacker (undergraduate researcher)

 

Harrison Landfield (2018-2019)

 

High School Summer Interns

Victoria Deng (2018)

Chelsea Gbemudu (2017)

 

Cynthia He (high school intern 2015)