McGlynn, John

John McGlynn

Areas of Research
  • Biomaterials
  • Tissue Engineering

John uses multiple particle tracking microrheology (MPT) to study three-dimensional cell migration in synthetic hydrogel scaffolds which are designed to mimic a cell’s natural microenvironment. These materials can be used as novel wound healing devices to deliver human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) to a wound to accelerate healing, especially in wounds which are chronically inflamed. These cells dynamically remodel their environment on multiple length scales in order to stretch and migrate. John studies this cellular remodeling using bidisperse MPT to gain a more complete understanding of the process of cell migration.

John earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University where he also participated in undergraduate research under Professor Andrew Zydney studying membranes for virus separation. He is currently pursuing a Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering. When not researching, John enjoys kayaking and following Philadelphia and Penn State sports.

Ozdemir, Nur Koncuy

Nur Koncuy Ozdemir 

Areas of Research

Design and engineering of functional inorganic nanoparticles

Publications and/or Posters


Nur Koncuy Ozdemir graduated from Middle East Technical University (METU) Chemical Engineering Department in 2015. She earned a M.Sc. degree in 2017. During her master study, she studied on hollow fiber gas separation membranes. She joined Mark Snyder’s Research Lab in Fall 2017.  She is working on design and engineering of functional inorganic nanoparticles. She was honored with Rossin Doctoral Award by Lehigh’s College of Engineering and Applied Science in 2018 . She was honored with Hasan Orbey Award and METU MS Course Performance Award in 2017.

Nice, Justin

Justin Nice

Areas of Research

  • Antibiotic resistant bacteria
  • Bacterial outer membrane vesicles (OMVs)
  • Bacterial toxins

Publications and/or Posters

Nice J, Balashova N, Kachlany S, et al. Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans Leukotoxin Is Delivered to Host Cells in an LFA-1-Indepdendent Manner When Associated with Outer Membrane Vesicles. Toxins 2018; 10: 414.

Gwak, S-J., Nice, J., Zhang, J., Green, B., Macks, C., Bae, S., Webb, K., Lee, J.S., Cationic, amphiphilic copolymer micelles as nucleic acid carriers for enhanced transfection in rat spinal cord, Acta Biomaterialia (2016)

Manson McGuire A, Cochrane K, Griggs AD, Haas BJ, Abeel T, Zeng Q, Nice JB, MacDonald H, Birren BW, Berger BW, Allen-Vercoe E, Earl AM. 2014. Evolution of invasion in a diverse set of Fusobacterium species. mBio 5(6):e01864-14. doi:10.1128/mBio.01864-14.

Anderson CC, MacDonald LC, Nice JB, Berger BW, Streu CN. Expression and purification of a MORN fusion protein from Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The FASEB Journal 2013; 27: 1021.1011-1021.1011.

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Hi my name is Justin B. Nice. I’m from Pennsylvania and currently studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Lehigh University where I work in the lab of Angela C. Brown in the “Biological Interfaces in Disease” lab (

Moskowitz, Benjamin

Benjamin Moskowitz  

Phone: (610) 758-5149
Sinclair Laboratory Rm. 117
7 Asa Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Areas of Research

  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • In situ/Operando Spectroscopy
  • Kinetics and Mechanisms
  • Structure-Property Relationships


Ben works in the group of Professor Israel Wachs. Ben’s research currently focuses on the conversion of ethanol to 1,3-butadiene for the manufacture of green tires.

In 2011, Ben received his A.B. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College and his B.E. in Chemical Engineering from the Thayer School at Dartmouth College. Ben worked as a Process Engineering Associate at Primus Green Energy from 2012 – 2015, where he applied for two patents.

Ben is a 2017 Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) awardee and worked on his doctoral thesis research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory with Dr. Zili Wu. Also in 2017, Ben was honored as Rossin Doctoral Fellow by the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh University. Ben was co-author on a poster honored at the 2016 AIChE Annual Meeting.

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Rzepa, Christopher

Christopher Rzepa

Personal WordPress Link:
CV/ Resume link:

Areas of Research

Computational Catalysis

(Density Functional Theory, Monte Carlo Sampling, Micro-Kinetic-Modeling)

Publications and/or Posters

Influence of Brønsted Acid Sites of Ethylene Adsorption on ZSM-5 Zeolites (pending)


Native: Philadelphia, PA

Undergrad: Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor in Chemical Engineering, 17′

Interests: Fishing,Skeet/Trap,Motorcycles,Gym Life,Food

Pu, Tiancheng

Tiancheng Pu

Areas of Research

Heterogeneous Catalysis
Surface Science
Green Chemistry & Energy

Selected Publications & Presentations

1. Y. Yao, Z. Huang, P. Xie, S. D. Lacey, R. J. Jacob, H. Xie, F. Chen, A. Nie, T. Pu, M. Rehwoldt, D. Yu, M. R. Zachariah, C. Wang, R. S. Yassar, J. Li, L. Hu, Carbo-Thermal Shock Synthesis of High Entropy Alloy Nanoparticles. Science, 2018, 359, 1489-1494.
2. P. Xie, T. Pu, A. Nie, S. Hwang, S. Purdy, W. Yu, D. Su, J. Miller and C. Wang, Nanoceria Supported Atomic Platinum Catalysts for Direct Methane Conversion. ACS Catal. 2018, 5, 4044-4048.
3. C. Li, D. Raciti, T. Pu, L. Cao, M. Chi, K. L. More, C. Wang and T. Mueller, Improved Prediction of Nanoalloy Structures by the Explicit Inclusion of Adsorbates in Cluster Expansions. J. Phys. Chem. C 2018, 31, 18040-18047.
5. Chan, T. Pu, X. Chen, A. James, J. Lee, J. B. Parise, D. H. Kim and T. Kim, Effect of niobium oxide phase on the furfuryl alcohol dehydration. Catal. Commun., 2017, 97, 65–69.
6. J. Li, R. Wei, T. Pu, F. Cao, L. Yang, Y. Han, Y Zhang, J. Zuo and Y. Song, Tuning quantum tunnelling of magnetization through 3d–4f magnetic interactions. Inorg. Chem. Front., 2017, 4, 114–122.
  • Oral presentation: 254th ACS national meeting at Washington DC                                                                 Effect of Adsorption Compression in Catalytic NO Decomposition.                                       Aug, 2017
  • Poster presentation: Catalysis Club of Philadelphia
    Effect of Adsorption Compression in Catalytic NO Decomposition.                                       Nov, 2017
  • Poster presentation: 2018 Annual Symposium Catalysis Society of Metropolitan New York            Platinum Single Atom Catalysts for Direct Methane Conversion.                                           Mar, 2018


Tiancheng Pu is currently working under the supervision of Prof. Israel Wachs on silver catalyzed ethylene epoxidation reaction. The project is a NSF funded joint project between Prof. Wachs and Prof. Rangarajan‘s groups. The goal of this research project is to apply advanced spetroscopies as well as computational methods to study the performance of silver as the unique catalyst for ethylene epoxidation reaction and the functions of several key promoters. Tiancheng is also interested in surface chemistry and characterizations of alloy nanoparticles.
Tiancheng came to the US in 2011 and studied chemical engineering at Stony Brook University. He developed the research interest in heterogeneous catalysis during his undergraduate career in Dr. Taejin Kim’s lab. Following the completion of his bachelor’s degree, Tiancheng began his MSE career in Dr. Chao Wang’s nano energy lab in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department at The Johns Hopkins University. His research focus is on advanced catalysts at nano and subnano scale for future energy and environmental sustainability.
Outside lab Tiancheng enjoys basketball, cooking and traveling.

Sakizadeh, John

John Sakizadeh

Personal WordPress Link:
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Areas of Research

Nanomaterial synthesis
Renewable energy

Publications and/or Posters


John Sakizadeh graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in spring of 2017. John is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University where he is studying enzymatic synthesis of nanoscale photocatalytic materials.


Sharma, Lohit

Lohit Sharma

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 Areas of Research
Sour Gas Chemistry
Surface Science
Environmental & Heterogeneous Catalysis
In situ Spectroscopy


 Google Scholar: Lohit Sharma


Lohit Sharma graduated with a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the University School of Chemical Technology (G.G.S.I.P.U) in 2014. Later, he moved to the University of Toledo to pursue M.S in Chemical Engineering. For his Master’s thesis, he worked on the development of a novel anti-biofouling coating for industrial application.  Specifically, Lohit looks at the initial attachment of P. aeruginosa on the coatings. Moreover, he developed the protocol for conducting flow cell experiments to mimic environmental conditions.

Currently, Lohit is pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University under the supervision of Prof. Jonas Baltrusaitis and Prof. Israel E. Wachs. His research focus is to investigate the influence of H2S on the kinetics and mechanism of reverse water-gas shift reaction on MoS2. Future work will involve evaluating transition metal sulfide-based catalyst for dehydrogenation reactions.

In addition to academic research, Lohit has industrial research experience at the R&D center of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., Faridabad, Haryana. 

Outside of the laboratory, Lohit likes to run, workout, and travel.

Silva, Manoj

Manoj Silva


Areas of Research

Surface Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry

Publications and/or Posters


Manoj graduated from University of Maryland, College Park in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and joined the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department of Lehigh University for doctoral studies. As a doctoral student in the Baltrusaitis Group, Manoj focuses on sustainable nutrient recovery from waste water. This work involves the synthesis of nanoparticles, characterization via spectroscopy, and kinetic studies.

Manoj’s undergraduate research involved the study of superconformal electrodeposition of cobalt and copper through silicon vias (TSVs) on a micron-scale. This work was done at the National Institute of Standards and Technology with the Functional Nanostructured Materials Group under the mentorship of Dr. Daniel Josell.

Outside of the laboratory, Manoj likes to read, hike, cook, and travel.

Sourav, Sagar

Sagar Sourav

ChBE Symposium 2017


Sagar Sourav is a PhD scholar in Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Lehigh University.  He is doing his research under the guidance of Professor Israel E. Wachs. He conferred his Master’s degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur and Bachelor’s degree from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Rourkela (both in Chemical Engineering). He also has a short industrial exposure of two years as Process Engineer in Haldia Petrochemicals Limited.

Areas of Research

Surface Characterization and Heterogeneous Catalysis
Complex Fluids and Polymer science

Research Experience

Sagar is currently working on Oxidative Coupling of Methane (OCM) reaction. The objective of this research project is two fold: To establish the molecular level structure activity/selectivity understanding under OCM operating conditions and to apply the molecular level insights to rationally design a lower temperature OCM catalyst with higher activity and selectivity for decreased process energy load. He is also working on Designing Cr-free High Temperature Water-gas Shift (HT-WGS) catalysts.

For his Master’s thesis, he worked on Phase Behavior of Pluronic F127, where he focused on understanding the Rheological Aspects of the phase transition in aqueous solutions (for concentration of 20-35 wt% and temperature of 0°-100°C). The knowledge was used to construct a Phase Diagram for the above system. In addition to this, the Gelation Kinetics and the Fractal Dimension associated with the gel structure was also investigated by him.

During his Bachelor’s project, he focused on Production of Hydrogen enriched Syn-gas through absorption in packed column. The rate-based non-equilibrium, RateFrac model of ASPEN PLUS simulator was used for theoretical column design. Based on this experience, a lab scale absorption column was also designed, where CaO was used as absorbent, to obtain hydrogen enriched syngas.

In addition to the Academic research projects, Sagar has short internship experience in Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) Rourkela and National Aluminium Company (NALCO) Damoanjodi.

Publications and/or Posters