Associate Professor

Post-Docs & Graduate Students

Graduate Student

The role that the extended catalyst environment has on external mass transfer limitations, internal mass transfer limitations, and adsorption/desorption for catalytic lignin disassembly

Graduate student

Mechano-chemical correlations in plant cell walls, novel production of cellulose-soy protein and model cell wall nanocomposites, mechano-chemical changes in the extracellular matrices of hepatic stellate cells in response to the stiffness of synthetic scaffolds, and tension wood formation

Graduate student

Catalytic reductive depolymerization of lignin with different characterization methods

Graduate Student

Novel production of cellulose-recombinant protein nanocomposites and catalytic reductive depolymerization of lignin

Post Doc & Graduate Student Alumni


Valorization of lignin using thermocatalytic depolymerization



Catalytic lignin depolymerization in aqueous solution


Novel catalyst for depolymerization of lignin and building lignin model compounds/polymers


Catalytic reductive depolymerization of lignin


Mechanisms of lignin extraction

Master's Students


  • Qishen Lyu


  • Xianli Zou
  • Jamarii Robinson


  • Zhenyang Jiang


  • Cheyenne Martins
  • Merima Begonovic


  • Andressa Gusmão

Undergraduate Research Students

Name Year Current Status Previous Status
Mariah Cushman 2013  Team Manager (DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences) Chemical Engineer (DuPont)
Manvitha Marni 2013 Junior Risk Analyst (Optiver) MS in Environmental Engineering  (Northwestern University); Consultant (Argonne National Lab)
Jennifer Elwell 2013 Senior Air Quality Specialist (Bay Area Air Quality Management District) Project Manager (Stantec)
Jeane Xu 2013 Quality Control Associate Sr Position (Alder Biopharmaceuticals Inc.) Quality Control Associate (Alder Biopharmaceuticals Inc.)
Jennifier Biener 2013 Ops Associate (Capital One) Data Analyst/Data Engineer (Computer Aid, Inc.)
Cassandra Fagan 2013 Energy Consulting Manager (PowerAdvocate) MS in Environmental Engineering (University of Texas, Austin); Assistant Engineer (Schaaf & Wheeler)
Alexandra Rodriguez-Beuerman 2013 Software Developer (McMaster-Carr) ME at UI-Chicago
Imani Smith 2013-2016 Technology Solutions Consultan (Mastercard) MBA (WUSTL); Management Associate (Mastercard)
Naomi Micheal 2013 Uber Frieght Operations Associate (Uber) MBA (WUSTL); Strategy, Insights, & Planning Business Analyst (ZS)

Name Year Current status Previous status
Noah Felvey 2014 PhD in Chemical Engineering and Material Science (UC Davis)
Sara Chinnaswamy 2014 Legal Assistant Paralegal (Satisky & Silverstein) District Sales Representative (Nalco Champion, an Ecolab)
Amy Brummer 2014 PhD in Material Science (Gerogia Tech)  Technical Services Analyst (Epic)
Cole Davis 2014 MD student (Emory University)
Christian Ralph 2014 Data Scientist (Ameren) MS in Data Analytics and Statistics (WUSTL); Project Manager Intern (Ameren)
Tossaporn (Jack) Choowuttichao 2014 Sales Executive (Brenntag Group)
Mythili Ramachandran 2014-2015 PhD student in Pharmacology and Toxiocology (UC Davis)
Lauren Reidy 2014-2015 Teaching middle school science; will be a rising senior student in physics at WUSTL
Ryan Harlan 2014-2015 Scientist (NASA Michoud)  Internship (NASA’s Imaging Technologies Facility)
Samuel Brodfuedrer 2014-2015 PhD Student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin
Name Year Current status Previous status
Camille Noblet 2015 PhD Student in Atmospheric Chemistry (chez Ineris - Institut national de l'environnement industriel et des risques)
Victor Moreira 2015 MS in Environmental Engineering (Federal University of Minas Gerais)
Vernalli Mohanty 2015 Founder (Bombay Dessert Company)
Brock Workman 2015-2016 Air Quality Specialist (Arcadis) Associate Technical Professional (Halliburton)
Jeffrey Steptin 2015-2016 Technical Services Engineer (Epic)
Aja Welch 2015 Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives (Generate Health STL) MPH (WUSTL)
Austin Smestad 2015-2016 Application Engineer (H.B Fuller)
Name Year Current status Previous status
Brian Gersten 2016 Research Assistant (WUSTL) MEng in EECE (WUSTL)
Zayid Oyelami 2016 Data Analytics Teaching Assistant (Trilogy Education) MS in Computer Science (WUSTL)
Name Year Current status Previous status
Haowen (Vicky) Su 2017 Research Assistant (WUSTL)
Name Year Current status Previous status
Logan Verheyen 2018-2019 Appying for Medical Schools after Graduating from SLU
Name Year Current status Previous status
Elijah Begin 2019 Graduated from Ouachita Baptist University
Brandon Hutchisan 2019-2020 Graduated from WUSTL in May 2020
Name Year Current status Previous status
Will Goldberg 2020-2021 A Senior Majoring in Mechanical Engineering at WUSTL
Name Year Current status Previous status
Kathryn Tang 2021 A Senior Majoring in Earth Science at WUSTL
Nicole Mut 2021 A Junior Majoring in EECE at WUSTL
Miranda Copenhaver 2021 A Junior Majoring in Biomedical Engineering at WUSTL