Principal Investigator

Marc D. Porosoff

Assistant Professor

Professor Marc Porosoff received his BS in 2009 and MS in 2010, both in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.  In 2015, he completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering at Columbia University, with a thesis on developing catalysts for carbon dioxide conversion.  Porosoff then worked as a National Research Council sponsored postdoctoral fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory on the ‘Seawater to Fuel’ project. At Rochester, Porosoff plans to investigate low-cost, alternative catalysts for CO2 hydrogenation and natural gas conversion into value-added chemicals and fuels. Dr. Porosoff’s CV can be found here.

Graduate Students

Jane Agwara

Ph.D -

Jane Ngozi Agwara received her B.Eng in Chemical Engineering with first-class honors from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria in 2016. From 2017 to 2018, she served as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Bayero University Kano, Nigeria for her one-year mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). She joined the University of Rochester in the fall of 2018 to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Her research is focused on the design of metal supported zeolite catalysts for CO/CO2 hydrogenation into alternative and renewable fuels and chemicals.

Shane Michtavy

Shane Michtavy is a Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering at the University of Rochester, where he previously earned his B.S. in the same field. Before beginning his doctoral studies, Shane conducted undergraduate research at both Cornell University and Brookhaven National Laboratory, which sparked his interest in catalyst design using artificial intelligence. His current research focuses on developing novel and optimal heterogeneous catalyst designs for CO2 valorization. Shane is committed to advancing the field of chemical engineering and strives to leave any environment he encounters better than he found it.

Hasitha Perera

Hasitha Perera received his BS with honors in Chemical and Process Engineering in 2015 and MS in Sustainable Process Engineering in 2020 from the University of  Moratuwa. His master’s research focused on CFD modeling of a biomass torrefaction reactor. He has industrial experience in polymer product and process design, water and effluent treatment and enterprise resource planning. He joined the Chemical Engineering department at the University of Rochester in the fall of 2022 to pursue his PhD. His research interest is heterogeneous catalysis focusing on catalyst design for CO2 conversion and CO2 hydrogenation reaction mechanisms.

Rashad Ahmadov

Rashad is a Chemical Engineering PhD student at the University of Rochester, with experience in industry. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Baku Higher Oil School, Azerbaijan, in 2022. He has worked as a process engineer in 5 different companies and is a certified Aspen HYSYS user. With hands-on experience in industry, Rashad has developed skills in leadership, public speaking, problem-solving, data science, and process engineering. Rashad is interested in optimizing chemical processes and improving catalytic performance using different techniques, including machine learning. He is particularly interested in exploring the potential of these techniques in various areas of chemical engineering, with a focus on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of catalytic reactions with different catalysts.

Undergraduate Students

Szymon Kuzniar

Szymon Kuzniar is a junior majoring in Chemical Engineering. He is interested in catalyst research and applications for renewable energy, formation of key products and tandem reactions, and enjoys the analytical thinking required in a lab. He is additionally a part of the University of Rochester AIChE chapter.

Phyllis Ong

Phyllis is a junior majoring in Chemical Engineering with an intended minor in Environmental Engineering. Her research interests involve the study of CO2 adsorption on porous materials and the application of machine learning to catalysis. She is a member of the University of Rochester's AIChE chapter, and she holds an executive board position in the University's Mock Trial organisation as well.

Adel Fadhul

Adel is a junior majoring in Chemical Engineering. He is passionate about the study and synthesis of catalysts and spending time mixing solutions in the lab as well as mixing creativity with problem-solving. He is also a leader and Peer Student Guide for up-and-coming undergraduates in the chemical engineering field at King Abdullah's University of Science and Technology (KAUST). 


Graduate Students:

Mitchell Juneau, PhD 2023

Renjie Liu, PhD 2023

Levi Sunday-Lefkowitz, MSc 2022 

Zhiqiang Ma, PhD 2019

Yikang Peng, MSc 2019 

Akhilesh Malge, MsC 2019

Undergraduate Students:

Danielle Getz: Danielle graduated in 2023 with a bachelors in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Environmental Humanities. In the Porosoff lab, she studied tungsten carbides for Reverse Water Gas Shift reaction. She was a Grand Challenge Scholar and Society of Women Engineers Outreach Chair. She is currently going to University of Copenhagen to research high entropy alloy catalysts as a 2023/2024 Fulbright Fellowship recipient before continuing onto a Ph.D. at Northwestern University

Samuel Meil: Samuel Meil received a bachelors degree Chemical Engineering and is moving on to grad school. 

Nhuja Maharjan 

Daphna Yaffe: Daphna Yaffe received a bachelors degree in Chemical engineering and accepted an offer to work with Intel Corporation post graduation.

Connor Pope: Connor Pope received his bachelors in Chemical engineering with a minor in environmental engineering. He is interested in sustainability and renewable energy processes as well as further exploring the potential uses of carbon dioxide. Aside from academics, Connor is part of the Men’s Club Ice Hockey Team and a member of the Toy Adaptation Program.

Ahmad EL Gazzar: Ahmad received his bachelors in Chemical engineering with a minor in Materials Science. In the Porosoff Lab, Ahmad explored CO/CO2 sorbents for in-situ resources utilization. Outside of lab, Ahmad was part of the UR AIChE student chapter. He also served as a Peer Advisor for the ChE department.

Aime Laurent Twizerimana: Aime Laurent Twizerimana received his bachelors in Chemical engineering with a minor in Environmental Engineering at the university of Rochester in 2020. His interest is in alternative uses of carbon dioxide. In the Porosoff lab, he worked on high efficiency encapsulation of Fischer-Tropsch catalyst in Zeolites. He was a co-captain for the University of Rochester Chem-E-Car team. He is currently going to the University of Pittsburgh to pursue a PhD program in chemical and petroleum engineering. 

Eve Marealle: Eve Marealle was a junior at the University of Rochester majoring in chemical engineering when she worked in the Porosoff lab. She worked on the synthesis of Tungsten Carbide (WC) catalysts for CO2conversion to olefins using the nano-bamboo technique. Her stay in the lab ended in the Fall of 2019.

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